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PITTS: Columnist practices race-based class warfare

Letter by Gene E. Harvey, Puyallup on Nov. 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm | 50 Comments »
November 7, 2011 1:23 pm

In his latest column, Leonard Pitts Jr. broadcasts his race-based prejudice against conservative ideology. His is the worst style of “class warfare.” It hides behind the noble cause of combating racism while categorically stigmatizing an entire political philosophy by accusing it of not advocating for a specific ethnic group. This implies that the citizenry ought to be thought of as members of groups rather than individuals worthy of personal respect.

The constitutional role of government is to protect and help assure that all citizens have the opportunity for creatively charting their own lives as long as they do not significantly impair the ability of others to do the same, not to guarantee results.

I embrace the conservative viewpoint because it offers maximum individual freedom within a responsible and fair framework for the advancement of every citizen, no matter his race or group affiliation. It is not perfect because we humans are imperfect.

Government is comprised of us. Much of what goes wrong in society has to do with individuals who have little notion of their own self-serving propensities and drift together with like-minded people into influential groups that seek political power. Our country’s gridlock in Congress is the result.

Conservatives are more interested in preserving a minimum framework of laws, just enough to promote maximum individual freedom while safeguarding the rights of others. This obviously eludes Pitts and his limited world-view.


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