Christian right is about money
Michael Lind, a conservative and former associate of William F. Buckley Jr., has recently published documented evidence that Pat Robertson’s so-called Christian Coalition isn’t just a pious assembly of patriots. That’s pretense. At top level, it’s a divisive front which shrewdly profits from the energies and good offices of well-intended church folk while building an unaccountable, tax-free power base.
Sixty percent of the 600 candidates for national, state and local offices backed by the religious right won election Nov. 8, 1994. In September 1995, Robertson declared that his group held dominant power in the Republican parties of 18 states and substantial power in at least 13 more.
Right-wing religious activists constitute only 12 percent of the electorate yet are taking over and drastically disfiguring the party of Abraham Lincoln.
How? The findings expose the coalition’s cynical operation. It’s neither nonpartisan nor Christian. Though many of Robertson’s minions are simply slogan-spouting, scripture twisters, his higher echelon cultural warriors employ radical anti-government rhetoric as a calculated strategy. They distract voters by fabricating issues, blaming victims and channeling popular anger against falling real wages and living standards.
Behind all their God talk, their hidden agenda is to shift upper-class benefits upward at the underclass’ expense. This hurts the very families they claim to represent.
The Christian Coalition’s cause will be markedly advanced if voters (and nonvoters) let the likes of Ellen Craswell, Brad Benson and similar ideologic types slip into office this November.
No more allies for Robertson, please! James J. Gillespie Spokane
We need a governor, not a crusader
Ellen Craswell’s words about seeing “politics as a holy war” make me shudder, with chills.
Running for governor is comparable to running for president. We are not looking for a governor to fight or start a holy war. All we want is a good economic administrator who will direct and protect the welfare of all Washington citizens. Angela Eudaley Spokane
Craswell wins, I’m out of here
I’ve been following your articles on Ellen Craswell for the past few months with disdain. Her platform disturbs me greatly.
It was quite upsetting that she won the Republican nomination for governor because of her extreme beliefs. As a non-Christian I find her platform narrow, pretentious and exclusive. Whatever happened to separation of church and state?
Thank you, M. Elizabeth Wilde, for writing an intelligent, thoughtful letter (“Craswell notions serve no one well,” Oct. 9) that expressed my views, as well. I don’t think I could have said it quite so eloquently. I have faith that the people of Washington state will not elect Craswell. If they do, I’ll be packing my bags. Deborah Peterson Moses Lake
Moyer’s solutions are better
Normally, we’d prefer to extol the virtues of our candidate, Sen. John Moyer, rather than speak about his opponent. In Lisa Brown’s case, the disparity between her talk and walk requires comment.
For months on end, we read her franked mail telling us how she was a friend of small business. When it came time for action, Brown voted to institute a B&O tax on services, to increase it by 50 percent within months and then, most grievously, when it became apparent that the increase was not needed, voted to retain it anyway. Moreover, when the Legislature did override the governor’s veto, she still voted to keep the higher tax. This money wasn’t needed. They didn’t know what to do with it except add it to the already more than adequate rainy day fund.
Clearly, Brown belongs to the tax-and-spend group that wants taxes at the highest sustainable level so they can enjoy the power of doling it back to us, expecting praise for their generosity.
Third District voters, B&O taxes are not soaking the rich. They drain the lifeblood of business needed to provide jobs. They are unrelated to profits and especially onerous to the new businesses we very much need.
I assure you, Moyer has every bit as much concern for the economic plight of 3rd District residents. He just has better long-term solutions. Vote to re-elect Moyer. Frank H. Storey Spokane
Brown, not Moyer, for kids’ sake
My obstetrician was John Moyer, but I will not vote for him. His ads say he is “for the children,” but he has let us down.
Moyer’s votes reflect his dedication to the Republican agenda, including rejecting health care reform and other supports for children. <> Lisa Brown is the real champion of children. Brown’s voting record proves her commitment to children and her support for families. Brown would vote against a business tax cut rather than abandon her fight to support children and families.
As working families continue to lose access to health insurance, Brown persists in her battle for accessible and affordable health care.
While a doctor helps children into this world, Brown fights to support those babies as they grow. As a state senator, Lisa Brown will continue her work to give all children a chance to become productive adults. Andrea M. Carlsson Spokane
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Warm hearts vs. cold comfort
I’m proud to be a Democrat. My wife and I aren’t wealthy but what we have we owe largely to Democrats and to a labor union that adheres to concepts of the Democratic Party.
Ours is a party of warmth and compassion. We believe the highest calling is to help those who cannot help themselves. The operative word here is “help.” A responsible Democrat realizes that people’s lives cannot be micromanaged and that they must be free to make mistakes. However, families must be helped over the rough spots in order to give their kids a better chance.
Republicans don’t feel this way. Theirs is a party of ice with a philosophy that seems to be: “I’ve got mine. You have the option to get yours, but you’re on your own.”
They think God is firmly on their side, yet the most moral president we’ve ever had is a Democrat who actually practices his Christianity.
Jimmy Carter works as a carpenter for Habitat of Humanity. House Speaker Newt Gingrich demanded an obscene advance for a book he hadn’t yet written. Sen. Phil Gramm invested in a pornographic movie. Gov. Pete Wison wants to punish the children of illegal immigrants by refusing to educate them. Rep. Dick Armey called a fellow lawmaker a “fag.” Bob Dole fits right in with this group.
I’d rather follow a carpenter, thank you. Wasn’t that also the second job of one of our early Christian leaders? If he’d been a Republican, he probably would have joined, instead of chasing, money-changers in the temple. Ed Meadows Spokane
Almost never misses a lockstep
I find it interesting to note Rep. George Nethercutt bragging about his voting attendance record being 98%. Not coincidentally, he had a record of voting with Newt Gingrich 98% of the time. Vote Republican, it’s easier than thinking for yourself. N.G. Hannon Spokane
Elitist columnist wrong about Dole
In a recent syndicated column, Ellen Goodman opined that President Clinton won the first debate with Sen. Bob Dole. She concluded that President Clinton would listen when women spoke, while Dole would be more inclined to put a newspaper in front of his face. Surprised? She attempted to portray herself as an objective and dispassionate viewer who had not yet made up her mind until after she heard the debate. I hope you were not fooled.
After almost 20 years of reading her editorials, I can fairly describe her as an elitist, radical feminist who always supports Democratic candidates and ultraliberal causes. Her statements about being married and a suburban “soccer mom” are condescending attempts to portray herself to informed middle class women as someone to trust.
I doubt that Dole would have fostered a happy relationship with a dynamic, accomplished woman like Elizabeth Dole by responding to her concerns with his head buried in a newspaper.
Clinton listened too much to Hillary when he proposed a monolithic medical plan. Fortunately, a majority of citizens did not. Instead, affordable and workable health care reform is now being implemented thanks to legislation sponsored by Sen. Nancy Kassebaum. That would not have been possible if Dole had not listened to his fellow senator from Kansas, a woman, while he was majority leader.
Consider what type of character, moral fiber, convictions, and values you want the leader of our village to possess before you discount Dole. Dennis DeFelice Cheney
Members want activist unions
When my union participates in politics by discussing important issues, it is behaving like a responsible citizen. If my union doesn’t speak up on behalf of working people, who will?
Union members have asked their unions to become activist unions - to provide factual information about the voting records of incumbents and to expose the disgraceful consequences of the radical Republican agenda. If working people have the information to act on our own interests and join together, we can make sure our representatives in Congress represent us instead of their big business backers. LeRoy Frengle Athol, Idaho
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