We beg your indulgence, dear reader, for this weekend departure from the usual contents of our blog. We try not to do this very often, but news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism is scarce at the moment. We focus on that as part of our larger concern for preserving the Enlightenment values upon which our civilization depends, so this isn’t too far off-topic for us. We can’t forget that if we lose our freedom, there isn’t much else that matters. Therefore, this is our open letter:
The Republican Party these days is considerably different from what it was almost half a century ago when Barry Goldwater ran for President. Back then it was essentially devoted to a strong national defense and an otherwise limited federal government, with relatively low taxes, minimal economic regulation, a vigorous free enterprise system, and a strong dollar.
Times have changed. As we described in Creationism and American Politics, after Lyndon Johnson’s betrayal of the old Solid South, and the exploitation of the resulting turmoil by Nixon’s Southern strategy, the GOP has seen an influx of people and ideas that had theretofore been largely confined to the Democrat party — we’re speaking here of what are now known as the “social values” voters. We’ve discussed our thinking about this before (see Open Letter to the Republican Party).
Now we’re approaching a new presidential election period, and a number of hopefuls are out there, testing the waters. We’ve discussed many of those people before (see Which 2012 Presidential Challengers Are Creationists?) and we’re unhappy that so many are creationists. Nevertheless — in our always humble opinion — compared to what we have now almost anything would be preferable. Almost anything.
To help us sort things out, we have one burning question that we’d like to ask of everyone who seeks the GOP presidential nomination. It’s a rather long question, but it requires a very simple answer — one which we regard as absolutely crucial. For this purpose, we’ll ignore foreign policy, assuming that all GOP presidential candidates are for a strong national defense, and we’ll also assume they’re all for stronger border controls. Here’s the Curmudgeon’s Question:
That’s it. Pander all you like while you’re campaigning, but not here. Your Curmudgeon will tolerate no ducking, no nit-picking, no long-winded speeches about how you’d like to push for both packages, and no complaints that you’d like more or different choices. We’re not leaving you any wiggle-room. Just pick one package or the other as your prime concern. Then we’ll know what to think of you. And so will the voters.
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