MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

June 19, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Nine examples of wrongheadedness


— I have no idea what the Republicans are thinking, but they are proposing to slash Medicare and Medicaid, along with Social Security. At the same time they wish to extend tax breaks for the extremely wealthy. This puts tax breaks for the rich before health care and earned income for American children and seniors.

As one great man said, “The objective of the conservative is not that they try to make us think as they do, but that they try to make us do as they think.”

I would like to point out the conservative record of wrongheadedness. Example 1: During the Revolutionary War, it was the conservatives who were loyal to the King of England. Example 2: During the Civil War, it was the conservative who defended slavery, and when they lost the war they rallied behind segregation. Example 3: It was the conservative who were isolationists prior to WW II. Example 4: Conservatives fought again the child labor laws during the industrial revolution in this country.

Example 5: Conservatives fought against efforts to control monopolies at the turn of the century. By the way, there is an all-out conservative effort to reverse that control now. Examples 6 through 8: Conservatives voted against the rural electrification act, women’s suffrage and the regulation of the banking industry. Example 9: Conservatives voted against the Social Security Act, which provides retirement assistance to our elderly. Which they are trying to eliminate now.

With a track record like that, you would think that they would have a hard time keeping membership, but they are still out and about, making noise and trying to tell the rest of us how to live our lives. We have a great free country, not only can we make a mistake, we can repeat endlessly.

GEORGE M. KESSELRING

Muskogee