The Democrats Do It, Too
In last week's "Letter from the Editor," Bruce VanWyngarden lamented the loss of those Republicans who made the Republican Party "the party of free markets and small government and jobs, jobs, jobs, not social engineering." We are still here! But it's getting more difficult to restrain social engineers in the Republican Party when social engineers in the Democratic Party keep saying that the United States Constitution is an antiquated document that has no relevance in today's world and that the government does not have any limits on its power.
These "idiots" in the Republican Party are no different in substance from the morons in the Democratic Party who push a progressive/liberal agenda because they think that they know what is best for everyone and want to use the power of government to impose their will on others.
VanWyngarden is right in calling the bill [that would allow the teaching of alternatives to evolution] "absurdist political theater." (And there has been so much of that over the last few years.) He would have also been right to say that the bill, if enacted, violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
He was wrong, however, in calling those who support the teaching of creationism (or more directly Christian theology) "rubes" and "clowns" of the "GOP far-right base" or imply that they eat possum or handle snakes. For the most part, those who support the teaching of creationism are well-dressed, good-intentioned, and highly educated people who think they know best for everyone. The purpose of the Constitution, however, is to protect us all from the desires of those kind of people — whether they be Christian conservatives or leftist progressives and liberals. My admonition is simply that those who tear down constitutional protections do so at their own peril.
Greg Webb Memphis
The editor's column about the bill in the legislature that would allow creationism to be taught in school shows that he lives by the motto that all liberals live by: "Do as I say, not as I do." Where was your righteous indignation when the Democrats were in power in the General Assembly passing a dozen or more laws that were nothing but social engineering?
I agree that creationism has no place in the schools, but the Democrats' social- engineering legislation list is too long for me to list here. The editor recognizes creationism as social meddling yet all of the other "meddling in places where our legislators shouldn't be meddling" is ignored, at least if it's done by Democrats. He asks, "How did the Republican Party get this way?" I'll tell you — by copying the Democratic Party modus operandi.
Frank M. Boone
Really? Tim Sampson hopes nobody shops at the new CVS (The Rant, April 7th issue)? If anybody thought [the church at Union and Cooper] was worth saving, they should have bought it and turned it into another concert hall or whatever useless idea they had.
CVS put up the money for the eyesore that building had become, and if you look at the artist's sketch for the new store, it looks like the old building with a modern renovation. Instead of promoting that no one shop at this store, maybe Sampson should promote CVS' helping rid the corner of a deteriorating building. I'm not even a CVS customer, but after listening to you and others whine, I'm inclined to go spend some money in that store. Can't wait to see their ad in place of your column one day in the Flyer.
Communication is the lifeblood of democracy. How sad then are the efforts by Republicans and the Tea Party to defund NPR? National Public Radio gives its 27 million listeners reliable and diverse broadcast news stories. This, of course, runs counter to the Republican agenda of dumbing down of America to the Fox News level. The GOP can't sell its pack of lies to a well-informed populace.
Remember when Republicans and Tea Party rowdies tried to shut down the dialogue in town hall meetings? Now they're trying to do the same thing to NPR, using budget deficits as an excuse to silence the network — budget deficits that they created by giving huge tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy. Nothing like creating a problem and then capitalizing on it!
Nevada City, California
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Which leads me to put on my Dr. Phil face and say what has to be said: It's time for Memphis and Shelby County to start seeing other people. We've tried for years to patch things up, to come to some sort of mutual understanding, but we need to admit that we have irreconcilable differences. We don't even know each other any more ...