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Open Forum: Most of us are conservative

Posted: January 7, 2011 - 8:40pm

A political party is appealing when dominated by a base that bears little resemblance to what progressives try to convince us we are as a nation. And, it's appealing to have a party that understands that conservatism is the way most of us live our lives.

Should we blame "poor little Julian Assange," or the person who stole the info and gave it to Assange or both? Should we have blamed "Tokyo Rose," or the person who stole the info and gave it to her or both? Are we at Assange's mercy? Or, should we enforce our laws against espionage? How can there be due process, if we won't even arrest him?

Some people think Obama is likable. But, what is likeable about a president who has a weak spine, a soft belly and limps for effect?

Cradle to grave: Let's outlaw drop-side cribs because they have killed more than 30 babies in the past decade. Let's outlaw cars because they have killed more than 30 babies in the past decade. Let's outlaw maternity wards because they have killed more than 30 babies in the past decade. And, let's outlaw mothers and fathers because more than 30 babies have died in their care in the past decade. We could even outlaw abortion, since it kills more than 30 babies per decade.

State and federal governments' involvement in anything, except police, courts and the military, would be better left to private enterprise or charities. A well-run stadium, for example, would make a handsome profit by renting its use for sporting, and other events. A football team is a privately owned business. And, should pay to rent, or lease a stadium, or build one of their own. Governments get involved for the power to decide outcomes. Leave it on the field!

Bill Maxfield

Aitkin