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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Conservatives are implacable foes
I must heartily applaud the Horizon section June 9. Among the several cogent and pertinent columns was Andy Schmookler’s brilliant piece, “Fighting only for resistance’s sake,” which addressed the implacable intransigence displayed by Republican/conservative leadership and those elements of the electorate who support them.
Since he did not mention possible reasons for such atrocious attitudes, behaviors and ideological rigidity, I will offer mine, which, by the way, might also explain his failed candidacy.
One only has to quote the English philosopher John Stuart Mill, “Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.” Based on my observations of the local, state and national political scene, I would, in turn, replace the word stupid with uninformed, intolerant, greedy and non-empathetic.
Companies should stand up to government
Verizon is in a tight spot, along with the other telecommunications companies.
On the one hand, they are pressured by government to hand over customers’ call habits, emails , pretty much everything that we know of.
On the other hand, customers who value civil liberties, supposedly guaranteed in the Constitution, are upset and seeking communications alternatives.
What is a telco to do? Well, protest is still not a bad word in America, and the Supreme Court says corporations have the same rights as a U.S. citizen.
These companies that we all rely on should come together and stand up for customers by supporting the document this free country was founded on. Its simple-to-understand declarations invalidate all other laws, executive orders and treaties that contradict its intent.
Strict adherence to the Constitution is the reason the United States is a beacon of freedom to others around the world suffering in the grip of societies void of basic human rights.
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