Saturday, August 12, 2006

Einstein's Advice for Doug Thompson

"Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Moreso"- Albert Einstein

Morning News reporter Doug Thompson is a smart and likeable guy, but I wish he had heeded the advice of someone even smarter before he wrote his column entitled "Choose life for gay foster parents in Paron".

The premise of the superficially whimsical (but the barbs still have no trouble poking through) article is that he is going to "sort out inconsistencies" from both candidates for governor on "gay foster parenting, abortion, isolated schools". Well, he gets in trouble right there with his premise, because only one of the candidates has been inconsistent on any of those issues. That would be Mike Beebe, who has been as slippery as a catfish in a jar of vaseline on two of the three- abortion and homosexual foster parenting. Beebe has been quite consistent on rural schools- he wants to close them, or at the least he wants to just stand by and watch while others do it for him.

Asa Hutchinson on the other hand, has been clear on all three issues. As a conservative, I'd like his position on all three issues to be stronger to the right than they are, but that is not the point, the point is they are clear.

So like I used to tell my class, "you can't stay on the right track if you don't start on the right track." That being the case, I'd like to help Doug and his readers out by taking a turn at clarifying his clarifications....

(continued- click SATURDAY below for rest of article and scroll down, or if sent straight here just scroll down.)


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Let's start with homosexual foster parenting. Here is Doug's take on it...

"Beebe's position on gay foster parents appears to be that gay people have constitutional rights and are entitled to equal protection under the law, like it or not. Hutchinson says putting kids in gay homes is bad, so we shouldn't do it."

If that were a true picture of their positions I'd say they were both right. Homosexuals have constitutional rights like voting, free speech and association, protection of the law, protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to trial by jury, and all that other stuff that every American citizen has. What they don't have a right to is a "right" to screw up some little kid's life just because they have some impulse to be more like a "real family". Especially not when when the power of the state is supposed to be facilitating that, as in foster parenting or adoption.

Now, after much scrutiny of many journalists efforts to pin him down (Michael Wickline and John Brummett to name a couple), I am going to give you my simplification of Mike Beebe's actual position on foster parenting: Beebe thinks using the power of the state to help homosexuals get their hands on young children through foster parenting or adoption would be hunky-doury if not for the fact that much of the rest of you Arkansans are ignorant red-neck bigots who don't understand how wonderful it could be for Steve and Bruce to acquire legal rights to a young child.

That is as close as I can get to a simplification of what Beebe actually said on the matter when Brummett interviewed him.

10:02 AM, August 12, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Now here is what Doug said in an effort to "clear up" the candidate's views on abortion:

"On abortion, Beebe's position appears to be that a pregnant woman has a constitutional right to an abortion until and unless the U.S. Supreme Court reverses its decision in Roe vs. Wade, like it or not. Hutchinson says Beebe should be more upset about this. Hutchinson can't do anything about abortion until Roe vs. Wade is reversed either, but gets points for being more openly frustrated."

Gee, Doug left some stuff out in his effort to unconfuse things. Maybe he got confused! It is understandable enough, John Brummett, after writing a column attempting to explain Beebe's position on abortion said, "Dizzy? Don't be. Beebe is pro-choice."

Maybe Doug got dizzy and forgot to mention that Beebe claims that there is no need to overturn it because the courts have chipped away at Roe until it is just a "shell of it's former self". Huh? One million dead babies every year tells me it still has lots of teeth. He does not want Roe overturned, and he is unwilling or unable to give a coherent explaination as to why. Hutchinson would like to see it overturned, we can only hope so that he can do something about it at last.

I'd go on to their positions on isolated rural schools, but as I said, they both seem pretty clear on that one.

Anyway that is my little effort at clarifing the clarification, and I hope it helped!

10:18 AM, August 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mark! There couldn't be more of a difference in Asa or Beebe. And come November, the people of Arkansas will make their choice and Asa will come out the next Governor of Arkansas.

10:16 PM, August 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you Mark, completely. Great analysis. Asa is head and shoulders above Beebe in terms of principles, morals, and leadership abilities.

8:38 AM, August 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The GOP slate of candidates is head and shoulders above their opponents in those aspects as well. There's no comparison to our candidates and the Dem candidates.

10:53 AM, August 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

top to bottom it is the most secular and liberal ticket the dems have ever put forward.

A guy once said to me "I am voting for them because I am a Jeffersonian Democrat".

I looked at him and said "If Thomas Jefferson could spend 20 minutes talking to your candidates, he would probably challenge them to a duel!"

5:47 PM, August 13, 2006  
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