Published DateTo the editor,
I often find Mr. Maloof's letters to be interesting or amusing. However, I found his letter in Tuesday's issue of The Daily Sun strange . . . very strange. For example. He seems to believe that the "conservative mindset" has to do with old people as, in his view, the term "young Republicans" is " . . . oxymoronic . . . sort of like "compassionate Republican" or "gospel truth". He then goes on to say that the term conservatives would be attached to more mature people — especially the ones you can fool all the time. Please keep those phrases in mind as we look at Mr. Maloof's following statements. First, he said that conservatives " . . . have seen the nation decline in so many ways . . . (moral, economic, prestige, etc). They want to hang on to the past while it keeps slipping away." And he says that conservative get angry rather than apathetic. I have to ask, has anyone checked to see what's in the drinking water at Plymouth State?
In those few words, Mr. Maloof appears to be making an argument that a nation with declining morals, a staggering economy, that is losing respect around the world, is really what we all should espouse. And, he demeans Republicans for not being "apathetic" about it. That sort of logic deserves a resounding oy vey!
Mr. Maloof also posits that the religious right, fundamentalists, are notorious for "overreaching". To make his point he wrote the following: "They overreached in 1925 with the Skopes monkey trial; they overreached in 1933 with the abolishment of prohibition; they overreached in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act; and in 1965 with the Immigration and Nationality Act . . .". A few important factual corrections need to be made. The first is that what has been popularly termed the Scopes Monkey Trial was brought about by the ACLU filing suit over Tennessee's Butler Act. That act, passed by Tennessee's Democrat Legislature, and signed into laws by Tennessee's Democrat Governor, prohibited teaching the theory of evolution in the classroom. John T. Scopes was the teacher who violated that act. The question for Mr. Maloof is, where is the Republican overreach in this all Democrat and ACLU story.
The next factual correction has to do with Mr. Maloof's claim that the Republican's overreached with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The facts are that in 1964, with Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson as president, the U.S. Senate had 66 Democrats and 34 Republicans; a filibuster proof majority. However, that bill would not have passed without the votes of 80 perecent of the Republican Senators as only two thirds of Democrats voted for the bill. So the question to be posed is, does Mr. Maloof believe it was wrong to pass the Civil Rights Act?
In his next to last paragraph, I thought Mr. Maloof took a page out of Professor Sandy's playbook when he chose to label the Republican mindset as " . . . cognitive dissonance — a reaction between clearly held beliefs and undeniable evidence in opposition to those beliefs." . Quickly now Mr. Maloof, take a look in the Mirror.
Finally, when that small group of men met in Ripon, WI, and formed the Republican party for the expressed purpose of abolishing slavery, was that political overreach? When that very first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, was that political overreach? And, when 630,000 people died in the effort to rid the scourge of slavery, was that political overreach? When those Republicans voted favorably for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was that political overreach. When that group of Tennessee Democrats formed the Ku Klux Klan, was that political overreach?
Cognitive dissonance? You betcha!
Will someone please check the water at Plymouth State.