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Conservatives still getting it wrong

8:15 AM EST, November 26, 2012

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To me, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column on why conservatives should be proud in defeat indicates he just doesn't get what the majority of Americans want, including Marylanders ("Conservatives lost but can still be proud," Nov. 18). He listed a dozen points on why conservatives can still be proud, some of which are not in touch with reality, or "cheap shots" which the voters have seen through and in my book are nothing to be proud of.

Some examples of what he believes conservatives should feel good about:

1. "Conservatives respect religious liberty as applied to faith-based institutions." If Mr. Ehrlich is referring to President Barack Obama's view that all employers should cover reproductive health like all other health issues then the majority does not agree with Mr. Ehrlich.

2. "Community organizers" (like President Obama?) "played a role in the mortgage crisis." What? The big banks and financial institutions supporting the conservative candidates just might have been a more likely candidate for culpability.

3. "Conservatives respect the values of our Judeo-Christian heritage." It seems to me that this discounts and denigrates believers in other faiths, as well as non-believers. Why aren't their values also respected?

4. "Part of America's exceptionalism is due to its 'anti-imperialist' attitude." We have stockpiles of nuclear weapons at home and abroad and our military is semi-permanently entrenched all around the world, so when did the Korean War end? Our track record just in Latin America makes this comment unrealistic.

5. "Stood up for preventing children without documentation from paying the same tuition as others residing in the state."

Mr Ehrlich concludes by stating that conservatives do not want a country that operates like Maryland. I believe Maryland is ranked top in the nation in both per-capita income and public education. Let's not go backward — that's nothing to be proud of.

Jerry Hockstein