First of all – thank you to the many people who stop me to say that you enjoy my columns. I'm not naïve enough to think that everyone likes what I have to say but there does seem to be a pretty fair number of you that do and I truly appreciate hearing your comments.
I'm pretty darn conservative in my views (I know that doesn't surprise any of you) but I sure don't consider myself extreme. But, according to a lot of the campaign ads I've seen aimed against Mitt Romney, I am on the far fringes of society and out of the mainstream of beliefs.
The ads would almost be laughable if this election wasn't so vital to the future of our country. The liberals (or is the proper term progressive? I can never quite figure that one out) are trying to portray those of us who don't believe the way they do as being extreme and out of touch. The funniest part of this is that Mitt Romney is admittedly more moderate than conservative and has had to prove his credentials to many of us. And now his opponents are calling him extreme.
Here is a man that has been happily married for decades, has a loving family, doesn't drink or smoke, believes that you need to work for what you get and that the government is not the answer to all your problems but rather is sometimes the problem in getting the answer. He supports the 2nd amendment, is pro-life, believes that government should not be spending more than it has and is firmly committed to making this country a better place for the next generation and for generations to come. And this is extreme and out of touch with mainstream beliefs?
If this is extreme then I guess most everyone in this part of the country would fall into that category. But, you and I both know that those views are not extreme – they are the very foundation that has built this nation into the greatest country to ever exist. The extreme views are the ones that would seek to tear down the nation that our forefathers have created and replace it with a European type of socialism that puts the government as the solver of all problems – be they large or small. And we all know how that's working for Greece and the rest of those countries that are on the verge of collapse because they have tried to be all things for all people.
From time to time I get emails that reflect back on the past and they always take me back to my childhood in the '60s. I know that we had plenty of social problems but as a child I didn't have the worries that adults did. I grew up in Goodman and spent a lot of time outside just playing and my folks didn't really worry about my every move. I would ride my bike all over town and even to the creek which was about three miles away.Now you can't even go to a movie without worrying if you will be shot and killed.
Page 2 of 2 - Now, that's not the liberals' or the conservatives' fault but I do wonder where we as a society started accepting certain things as OK and how we got to this point in our history. Does it have to do with the breakdown of the family? Is it the fact that no one seems to be held accountable for their own actions and it's always someone else's fault when they fail or mess up?
I don't know the answer but I would say that these things and many more have played a part in the whole process of a society that seems to be unraveling before our very eyes. But, for all the bad that happens there are still people who believe in this country and believe that we can be saved – not by the government but by the citizens who love this nation. And, to paint these people as being extreme is not only a blatant lie but is the height of political hypocrisy.
I think that everyone in an elected position of authority – be they Republican, Democrat, Independent or something else – should take it upon themselves to read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and ponder his words as he ended the speech – "and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." It seems that many in this country have forgotten the concept that government is empowered and controlled by the people and not the other way around.
Too many people think that the government is the answer to all ills and if you don't agree then you must be extreme. If that's their criteria then I guess I'm extreme but I have the company of a whole lot of friends and I'm OK with that.
Kevin Wilson writes a weekly column for the Daily News.