Reader Responses, July 6, 2014

Published on Saturday, 5 July 2014 21:52 - Written by

WITH PRIMARIES OVER, THE GOP SHOULD COME TOGETHER

It’s time for some Republicans to adjust their attitudes. The primaries are all but finished. Soon the November general election ballots will be printed and before you know it, absentee ballots will be available. It’s time to bury the hatchet. Conservatives of all types must come together and stop arguing among themselves.

Republicans have one fault in common. They historically end up shooting themselves in the foot. A poor turnout by Republican voters has cost us recent elections and led to the brink of the U.S. becoming a welfare state.

Think back to the time when Ross Perot gave away the presidency by siphoning off about 15 percent of the total vote, in a race he could never have won. When our candidates lose in the primary we must swallow our disappointment and unite behind the winner and support the Republican ticket.

The Democrats have declared Texas a “battleground state.” They are busy even now registering voters in the metropolitan areas and they’re pouring money into the Texas campaigns. They are counting on a poor turnout by conservatives due to infighting and apathy.

Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment was “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” We must follow that advice in this, possibly the most important election of our time.

Gene Diedrick

Tyler

 

NOT BUYING IT

As an amateur student of history, I am amazed at the number of people who don’t learn from the past. I lived through the Watergate scandal and witnessed how destructive it was to our country. We currently have a page full of scandals that keeps getting longer, and nothing is being done about them.

Watergate was a “third-rate burglary.” Nobody died, yet President Richard Nixon resigned.

I remember the hue and cry over the “18-minute gap” in the presidential tapes. Does that even compare to the two-year gap in IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails? Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does.

Charlie Goff

Quitman

 

ILLOGICAL

The Tyler Paper posted a revealing quote from Justice Ginsburg. She wrote that the Hobby Lobby decision would “deny legions of women ... access to contraceptive coverage...” This case in no way blocks access to contraceptives, much less does it force anyone to work for Hobby Lobby. Justice Ginsburg’s logic is profoundly — but unsurprisingly — illogical.

Sandra Fluke became a Democratic darling by floating the same silliness, passionately arguing that Republicans would force a woman into unwanted pregnancy by not paying for her birth control. Sandra (and Ruth) skip the part about buying their own contraceptives, and jump to their desired conclusion. This is classic of devoted liberals —take a determined, emotional stance, cobble together whatever blather seems to support their position, then call it “thinking.”

It is a very visceral — and adolescent — way of thinking. It’s disturbing to hear it from the Supreme Court bench.

Raymond Woodward

Whitehouse

 

REAL HEROINES

Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem, “The Female of the Species Is More Deadly than the Male.” In this poem Kipling list many creatures, including Homo sapiens, showing females are much more aggressive than males in protecting their families.

During the Great Depression, many men with families, unable to get a job, felt hopeless and helpless and left home, never to be seen again.

The women left with children did not abandon their responsibilities. With a strength we can’t fathom, they and their children survived.

Today, there are powerful greedy forces attempting to drive our nation into a two-class society. That would be devastating for our children.

Across our nation, I see strong, intelligent, educated, aggressive women fighting for our children and our nation.

The mother instinct makes them against war, for education, secure homes, enough money to provide for their families, safety nets, help for the needy, and health care.

Joe Forgy

Tyler