A Letter to the Editor in the Nov. 8, 2011, Tomahawk Leader:
Reading, listening, and watching with bemusement as the Republican candidates for President debate, debase, and cajole each other as they step farther to the right in their attempts to “out Christian” the other through their vicious, acrimonious not so “Christian” like attacks on one another, I am reminded that people, especially the evangelical right now so entrenched in the Republican Party, tend to define social institutions race, other religions or denominations, cultural differences, sexual orientation, economics, and politics in terms of their own narrow religious beliefs with little tolerance or acceptance for divergent opinions, beliefs, or views.
This evangelical collection of bigoted and hypocritical conservative right-wingers, with support and encouragement from their Tea Party activists, seem determined, as a political and ideological goal, to cause the societal death of liberal/progressives and the entire nation by subjugating us, conquering our minds, destroying our beliefs and culture, and forcing us into accepting and living their conservative life style through the purchase of the American political system (resulting from the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision) and their need to control the government.
These candidates uniformly proclaim government should not interfere in domestic economic or social affairs, business regulation slows progress, and public health and welfare programs simply harm people in the long run. This is Social Darwinism as promoted and developed by Herbert Spencer during the Victorian age of the 1800’s. Such decisions the Republican evangelicals must make: do they support pro-life and then cheer at executions; support Social Security themselves but oppose social programs for the poor; give more tax breaks to the rich and take more from the poor; denigrate immigrants and still hire undocumented workers to harvest their fruits and vegetables; support racial equality and sneer because there is a black man in their white house; preach the Golden Rule and shout obscenities at a Gay Rights demonstration? Decisions, decisions, decisions!
Evidently, the Republican right does not support the idea of “whatever you do for the least of us, you do for all of us.” Doesn’t quite sound like “love thy neighbor to me,” but only time will tell. Should be an interesting election year since it very well may decide whether we want government of the people, by the people, and for the people or just for the evangelicals and the very wealthy.
Curtis G. Powell