Conservative's response

Religion: Bob Hooper must not have pondered the reasons for the Ten Commandments on the walls of the Supreme Court. They are not just graffiti or adornment -- but a consideration for decision-making. If court judges had considered them, the abominable Roe v. Wade decision would not have been rendered, a fetus would not be a blob of flesh when unwanted and a person when wanted and 50 million slaughtered unborn babies would be alive. Talk about holocausts. A prayer each school day and value-laden instruction in lessons, fables and adages have been replaced with neutral value-free instruction, free condoms, advice on obtaining abortions (without parental notification), and instruction on contraceptives and alternative lifestyles. I find the former preferable.

Disarmament. Presently, my position of unrestricted gun possession holds but with one more liberal judge on the Supreme Court, Mr. Hooper's preference for citizens' disarmament will probably become the law of the land. But any limitation on gun possession only will serve to diminish citizen sovereignty.

Abortion/marriage. A generation of parents were guided by a supposed parenting expert, Dr. Spock, whose son eventually committed suicide. Gallop is a reputable firm, and a poll is a useful tool. Nevertheless, the poll Mr. Hooper referenced recently that shows only 18 percent believe that any and all abortions should be illegal, fails to consider the issue of abortion when the mother's life is at stake that the Catholic Church permits, and I was not able to determine that Catholics were fairly represented in the sample. The poll gives a breakdown by trimester that is more meaningful: first trimester, 31 percent illegal/61 percent legal; and third trimester, 80 percent illegal/14 percent legal. Polling is not an exact science; it includes sampling, phrasing, appropriate questions and challenging interpretations, so many subjective variables that even predetermined outcomes can be achieved. In applicable matters, conservatives are not guided by situational ethics or polls but by religious tenets. The stability of my 61 years of marriage remains unaffected by same-sex marriage, which diminishes the sanctity of the institution of marriage and reduces respect for family life with male and female role models wherein values are best taught and where the needs of children as identified by Maslow can best be fulfilled. The Creator gifted individuals with pleasurable sex to ensure procreation from the union of man and woman, not to provide pleasure or amusement, that has given us co-habitation, promiscuity, aberrant lifestyles, abortions and STDs. If bonding is the criterion for defining marriage, then polygamy and bestiality qualify. Maybe Mr. Hooper would just use whim to determine where to draw the line as is done in determining personhood (life or death) for the unborn.

Money/debt. Liberals cannot stop blaming Bush (the blame game) for their failures. Attacking the rich will not enable the poor to create jobs. The trickle-down theory might not be totally effective, but relentless attacks on the wealthy have served to drive many of them elsewhere. Accumulating wealth is not evil. Concluding that wealth gaps cause depressions simply because they were present before the Great Depression is a big leap in conjecture. The cost of "Bush's wars" versus no action is an impossible comparison. I dismiss arguments as Mr. Hooper asserted, but only after judging them to have little or no merit. Example: His claim that attacks on union membership and corporate regulatory favors affect middle-class growth.

Inflation. The Consumer Price Index method for inflation computation is an average of many items, most of which have little effect on average shoppers. Their concern is price increases on major purchases during the past four years for items such as beef nearly doubled. More increases are imminent -- pork up about 50 percent; milk, up about a quarter, sharp increases forecast; gasoline prices almost doubled; etc.

Regulation. With respect to the bailouts, if President Bush's statement they were too big to be allowed to fail has merit, then both parties are guilty of failure to enforce anti-trust laws.

Agenda 21. "Boo" and scoff counters from Mr. Hooper, are not persuasive argument. My overall description of this monstrous United Nations program was quite accurate and the means by which its objectives must be accomplished are more accurately described as alarming not spooky. I support conservation and wise use of resources. We are a wasteful people, but this can be done without Agenda 21 and its threat to our way of life. With so many unknowns, when the population limit will be reached is what anyone wants it to be; it most probably is more than 100 years in the future. Action is justified only after reliable evidence concerning resource depletion indicates the need. Yes, I suspect a hidden agenda; there is much ado about nothing.

There are many who wish us harm. The far left live in "La La Land." I liken Glenn Beck to a modern Paul Revere; Mr. Hooper seems to see him as Henny Penny. We conservatives are wary of anything that poses a threat to our freedoms and citizen sovereignty that make our nation unique and envied.

Milton Leiker