Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The quest for sane Republicans

By Richard K. Barry

It's easy to find wacky Republicans wherever you look. It's not much of a challenge. So when you find one who seems sane, you notice.

The New York Times ran a report on a California town, Lancaster, that has been successfully promoting solar energy. The mayor, a class-action lawyer by the name of R. Rex Parris, has been a strong advocate. 

When asked if global warming was indeed a threat, he responded, "Absolutely. I may be a Republican. I'm not an idiot." 

It's a good joke. Sadly, a lot of Republicans are idiots. 

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  • Remember in Terminator 2 where they stop at this roadside hamburger joint in the middle of what looks like the desert? That was shot in Lancaster. It is a horrible place.

    But I think its a mistake to give Republicans kudos for single issues. Most of them have one issue that they aren't terrible on. And if Parris didn't believe in global warming, he'd still be for solar power given the hell hole he lives in.

    By Anonymous Frank Moraes, at 12:51 PM  

  • When they're right on one issue, you've got to support them on that issue, otherwise we perpetuate the disfunction. Are we a Church that we have to oppose heretics because they don't agree about what hand to hold a wafer with? Solar power is a good idea and we don't have to make enemies of people who develop it out of some idea of ideological purity. I'd suggest that as one reason we have so much trouble getting anything done.

    If the objective is only to win, to dominate and not to work toward a better world, I don't want any part of it.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 11:53 AM  

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