Readers Speak Out The Religious Right and The Election

The Baltimore Sun

As part of my recent run for Congress, I renewed my subscription to The Baltimore Sun after 15 years of doing without the paper. The layout is different but the content doesn't seem to have changed, given the presence of shallow liberal opinions like Kathleen Parker's column "Time to face facts: Religious base is killing the GOP" (Commentary, Nov. 21).

Her conclusion, that "either the Republican Party needs a new base - or the nation may need a new party" completely misses the real problem: The national Republican Party is not Republican.

The national Republican Party has been taken over by a pack of neoconservative, wannabe-Democrats. Ms. Parker's attempt to blame the "great big problem, G-O-D" for the Republican Party's woes is classic liberal sleight-of-hand.

But G-O-D didn't give the liberty-starved grass roots of the Republican Party the worst possible candidate to represent our true values of sound money, humble foreign policy, a limited federal government and personal liberty.

Sen. John McCain was the candidate our media and the national neoconservatives arranged for us.

The true Republican Party was in Minneapolis at the Rally for the Republic in September. There we packed the Target Center on our own dimes, listened to libertarian and conservative speakers including Rep. Ron Paul, and shook the rafters with chants of, "End the Fed."

We were as diverse there as my campaign committee was - comprised of Christians, atheists, Muslims and Jews.

We were, and are, the Republican grass roots.

Michael Hargadon, Woodstock

The writer lost to Rep. Elijah Cummings in the race for Maryland's 7th Congressional District in November.

I say "hallelujah" to Kathleen Parker's column "Time to face facts: Religious base is killing the GOP."

While I don't always agree with Ms. Parker's political beliefs, I like the fact that her opinions are not based on any blind allegiance to the Republican Party.

The GOP has morphed into a one-note band that plays for the benefit of the religious right. As Ms. Parker basically said, if the party is to survive, Republicans had better start playing a newer tune.

Karl Rove was the master at this kind of politics and delivered this base to George W. Bush eight years ago. Then, of course, it was as if Mr. Bush had sold his soul to the devil, as many of his policies and decisions over his two terms were made with this infamous base in mind.

So the once conservative, fiscally responsible Republican Party that believed that less government is the best government became the theocracy party, and its earlier principles disappeared.

The lines between church and state became blurred and diversity became a dirty word.

We are a nation of many religions and colors and creeds. And no one one religion or color or creed is better than another.

Evidently, everyone got this message except the Grand Old Party.

Maybe the Republicans need to heed one of their own and carefully read Ms. Parker's column if they wish to be around for the next election.

Barbara Blumberg, Baltimore

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