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Conservative extremism is not the answer

There are more than a few reasons why I dislike conservative politics.

Texas, which gave us Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, John Cornyn and Louis Gomert, among others, decides not to fund Obamacare, the law of the land, because constituents there want it overturned. What happened to majority rule?

Conservatives would rather suspend the government's operations and default on legally valid debt obligations rather than have to wait until the next election to argue their viewpoint.

They think that Second Amendment rights means they should suffer no inconvenience for greater background checks that might to possibly prevent a disturbed individual from buying a gun.

They want to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency because every person or business should be free of government regulation, totally ignoring the effects of pollution on the health of many.

The climate change deniers and gun rights advocates and conservative Super PACs are just examples of "follow the money" back to the corporations and individuals that benefit from these positions.

We live in a very interconnected world where compromise is not weakness and where individual rights have to give a little for the sake of the common good. Extreme ideologies are not the answer.

Howard Kahn, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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