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May 22, 2009 at 4:00 PM

The GOP’s vision

Questionable Republican values

The future as envisioned by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and the Republican Party is really quite clear now [“GOP abandons ‘renaming’ rivals,” News, May 21].

Government can’t be trusted with anything as essential as our health care, or as personal as our medical choices –unless, of course, we are talking about reproductive rights. It is only to be trusted with weapons of mass destruction, a fully funded military and the lives of our sons and daughters in uniform.

Torture and access to every communication and bank transaction can be useful. The rule of law and due process are pliable things. The powerful are above them; others just really don’t need or deserve them. Prisons are very important; preschools, small class sizes and access to college for all, not so much. Mass ignorance is convenient.

The indigent and the working class must be controlled. They might try to get something they did not earn. Those who handle large sums of other people’s money must not be fettered with regulations. Paying taxes is for fools.

Don’t spend time creating ways to make things better. Spend that energy disseminating labels and rumors to humiliate your opposition and frighten the ignorant.

All this adds up to something quite simple. Just think banana republic.

— Sue Griswold, Mill Creek

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