Republicans push big-brother role

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2005

With the war in Iraq an out-of-control quagmire and a federal deficit tallying so fast the numbers are a blur, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) believes the most important issue is preventing cable television and satellite radio subscribers from seeing someone naked or hearing a cuss word. Yes, Senator Stevens wants cable television and satellite radio to adhere to the same censorship standards as regular television and radio.

There was a time when conservative and Republican meant less government and fiscal responsibility. Today's current flock of Republicans has as much fiscal responsibility as a teenager at the mall with daddy's credit card. As for less government, they want less government for their corporate cronies, but want more government forced into people's personal lives. Today's Republican is the Gladys Kravitz of the nation. They stare through parted window curtains, quivering with anticipation that they might catch one of their neighbors doing something inappropriate.

When are adult Americans going to stand up to these condescending politicians and say enough? It is not government's place to decide what I watch, read, or hear. I, for one, have grown weary of these self-important ninnies treating me like a child. Come on Ted, do your job as a senator and stop being a busybody.

Debbie Johnson

Columbia, Mo.

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