I have a question for the responsible Republicans: How much lunacy of the present day extremist-controlled GOP will it take to outweigh your desire to lower your taxes? Apparently, it wasn't enough when the Republican-controlled Congress forced a special session to attempt to interfere with a husband's gut-wrenching decision on whether to pull the plug on his brain-dead wife, Terry Schiavo.
Was it enough when the Republican-controlled House held the entire world economy hostage to their certainty, deemed ridiculous by all economists, that it was right to refuse to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the government from paying what it owed? Was it enough when every Senate Republican voted in favor of allowing any employer, not just churches, to deny health care coverage to its employees for any form of heath care if that care violated the employer's religious beliefs, as in birth control pills? Was it enough when the party platform bans all abortions making no exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother?
Was it enough that the GOP's nominee for vice president put into legislation the word, "forcible," added to the word "rape" to define when an abortion would be legal? Is it enough now that the Republican Party formally calls for the lunacy of returning to the gold standard? Even Milton Friedman, a conservative's conservative, in his book, "Free to Choose" on page 308 among other places wrote, "it is neither feasible nor desirable to restore the gold standard." Then there is the latest in this string of lunacy from Rush Limbaugh. Anyone who doubts his leadership credentials in the Republican Party hasn't been paying attention. Rush said the Obama administration ordered the reporting on the path of Hurricane Isaac be changed by the National Weather Service to cause the cancellation of the Republican National Convention's Monday schedule.
I urge those responsible supporters of the GOP to shed this lunacy so they can be a credible and needed voice on things like avoiding too much burdensome regulations, on the side of removing non-sensible government programs, on the side of being at least circumspect on the use of military force in foreign policy, and on the side of responsible taxing policy.
Mel Mintz, PikesvilleCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun