By L&T Managing Editor Larry Phillips
Looking back, I think maybe I’ve been too hard on some of the RINOs out there. You know – Republicans In Name Only. I’ve got to remember, that if I can agree with about 85 percent of what RINOs believe in, maybe we have a chance. But, make no mistake, If RINOs think ignoring, or whittling away the Constitution should be acceptable, it wont fly with me.
Some of the factors moving me toward this inclusion were words recently preached by former Governor Mike Huckabee, and some recent actions of the far left – just this past week.
People who know me may remember I was raised a Democrat, but today’s Democratic Party is a far cry from the “old days.”
I remember when that party bragged about being the “party of inclusion.” It was once the party that thrived on open debate, promoted diversity, loved all religions and all people – we were all God’s children.
Well nowadays, only shadows of those beliefs are left struggling in the face of chastisement, belittlement and outright persecution by the leftists.
Today’s Democratic party –– it seems to me – has turned into a mockery of what it once stood for.
It’s recklessly untruthful.
It’s a censoring junta.
And it’s losing its credibility with the American people.
Let’s examine some recent issues.
Phelim McAleer, a co-director and narrator of the documentary “FrackNation,” used to be anti-fracking (he’s from the UK). But he decided to investigate and learn the science and technology of fracking and came away with a different “factual” view of the process altogether. He also made a documentary while doing this work.
He decided to enter the film in the Frozen River Film Festival in Minnesota. The board of FRFF decided that film did not fit the category of “documentary,” and several other issues – making the film unacceptable for showing at their festival.
“They seem to think they know what’s best for everyone,” McAleer said. “And what they’ve decided is the ‘ordinary’ people shouldn’t be allowed to see something from a different point of view...movies for zombies. No dissent allowed.”
Steven Aggeraard, a Minneapolis attorney and expert on First Amendment issues, said this about the FRFF’s censorship:
“The decision does nothing to encourage the marketplace-of-ideas concept that underlies the First Amendment,” he said. “Anytime an organization that benefits at least in part from taxpayer funding makes decisions about what is or is not appropriate for the taxpayers to see, it is worth asking questions about how and why those decisions were made. That is particularly true if decisions are made to further some viewpoints over others.”
Ironically, the FRFF is showing another documentary about fracking, and it’s anti-fracking.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the following last Friday morning during a WCNY radio interview with Susan Arbetter on “The Capitol Pressroom.”
“Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
So all the Catholics in New York who don’t believe in abortion on demand “have no place in the state of New York?”
All those who believe in the Second Amendment of the Constitution “have no place in the state of New York?”
The millions of New Yorkers that believe a marriage is between a man and a woman “have no place in the state of New York?”
Cuomo is inclusive?
Why does he get to define conservatives in New York? Has he been made king or dictator-for-life?
I also thought it comical the other day during the pro-life, anti-abortion march in the snow in Washington when Obama issued a statement saying he will fight for a woman’s right to choose what she can do with her body.
Baloney. She can’t do anything without his regulation Nazis standing and watching over her.
She can’t keep her personal health insurance.
She can’t keep her personal doctor.
She can’t keep part of her paycheck from covering the abortions of others.
She can’t stop the feds from buying contraceptives for those who simply ask for them, even if it’s against her religious beliefs.
And she can’t make as much money as the men do in Obama’s Whitehouse.
So tell me, where is the party of inclusiveness?
It’s not the Democratic Party – unless you believe, think, act, talk, and look exactly like the party leaders.