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An open letter to mayoral candidates

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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Mayor Bloem and Councilmen Edinger, Gookin, Goodlander, Kennedy and McEvers

I hope all is well with you. I want to share with you what I found deeply troubling regarding the positions of mayoral candidates Mary Souza and Joe Kunka in the Coeur d'Alene Press interview printed on Sept. 12 when addressing the anti-discrimination ordinance passed by the City of Coeur d'Alene on June 4.

As one who has spent a lifetime studying and teaching constitutional law and a human rights activist, I find theses candidates' position historically both foreign to and antagonistic toward the democratic principles of freedom and equality for all Americans, including all the residents of Coeur d'Alene. We in the human rights community will once again be energized to take a firm stand against discrimination directed toward any of our citizens.

I personally oppose the stands of Mr. Kunka and Ms. Souza based upon the following points:

* When candidates or political office holders declare that they will support the will of the majority even if that requires policies that permit discrimination against some of their constituents, they have forsaken their moral compass on that particular issue in favor of political expediency or the desire to win an election.

* As I grew up in the South in the 1950s, I observed many politicians in support of discrimination, and especially racial segregation, to placate a majority of the electorate so they could win yet another election. These Southern politicians lost their moral compass and history has condemned their actions.

* It is a grievous affront to those law abiding and tax paying citizens in our city for a candidate to suggest that we should conduct workshops to discuss, negotiate and decide if some of our neighbors should be afforded equal rights under the law. The natural law guarantee of freedom and equality for all Americans should never be open to negotiation.

* It is well established in both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution that all Americans have certain inalienable rights that are not subject to repeal by a majority vote. The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees no person shall be denied "Equal Protection of the Laws." I contend this means all people.

* I find political stands based on discrimination contrary to the world's great religions whose tenets have historically been based on love, compassion and acceptance for all humanity.

* If the views of these mayoral candidates prevail in Coeur d'Alene, our beautiful city will forfeit its legacy as a city that embraces human rights and is a welcoming city with a Heart. We no longer would deserve the status and recognition of the 1990 "All American City Award" or the recipient of the 1987 "Raoul Wallenberg Civic Award." Our image would unfortunately become more like those Southern cities of the 1960s who proudly promoted discrimination toward many of their citizens.

* The repeal of the anti-discrimination ordinance would send a message across America that we embrace discrimination toward some members of our community. It would take years to erase this stain on our city.

* The city would be erecting a sign stating: "We welcome discrimination toward some Americans."

* The repeal of the anti-discrimination ordinance would have a detrimental impact on our economy both as to visitors and the recruitment of future companies that oppose discrimination directed at some of their employees.

After more than 40 years as a resident of this beautiful city, I am confident that a great majority of our residents will reject any attempt to endorse a policy of discrimination that would once again permit some of our neighbors and friends to be treated as second class citizens with regard to housing, employment or public accommodations in our restaurants, hotels or other establishments.

At the end of life, each of us will be judged based on how we have treated our fellow human beings and if we had the courage to stand with those who faced such adversity as discrimination.

Discrimination that denies equality and freedom for some of our citizens is not the Idaho way.

Mayor Bloem and City Councilmen Edinger, Goodlander, Gookin, Kennedy, and McEvers, your place in history will be an honorable one and you will be remembered for your moral courage.

May you always be showered with respect and admiration by your fellow Coeur d'Alene neighbors and friends.

Tony Stewart of Coeur d'Alene is a political scientist and human rights activist.

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  • Mahiun posted at 7:43 am on Wed, Sep 25, 2013.

    Mahiun Posts: 5600

    ...or that theirs supersede the majority...
    Their what supersedes the majority's what, exactly?

    Their right to not be discriminated against supersedes the majority's right to not be discriminated against? NO --- that's why they're called equal rights. You have the right to not be discriminated against, no matter your race, creed, religion, sex, national origin, language, skin colour, or sexual orientation. As has been pointed out several times already, even Cd'A's non-dscrimination ordinance protects sexual orientation; it does not single one out and say which sexual orientation.

    Their right to not be discriminated against supersedes the desire of the majority to discriminate against anyone and everyone who "doesn't fit in", or that the majority decides it doesn't like? YES -- that's the whole point and purpose of having laws in the first place: to protect vulnerable minorities from the tyrannical whims of the majority.

  • JesusIsTheLight posted at 9:02 am on Tue, Sep 24, 2013.

    JesusIsTheLight Posts: 667

    I want a list of who contributes to the Kootenai County Human Rights Task Force. I want to know where their money comes from and where it goes. I have a feeling the Democratic Party is highly involved. Tony Stewart is nothing more than a front man for the Party.

    They are doing the same thing in other conservative parts of the nation. If you can't win the voters, ship the voters to where you need the votes.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 11:02 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    "Mr.'re killin' it! Very Rogue... (that is a compliment, sir)" - Scotty's Neighbor
    Aren't all your remarks addressed to me compliments? I've been taking them that way. Just sayin'.

  • Humanist posted at 8:46 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3208

    Quote SN: "The difference between Mr. Humanist & Miss Humanist is the syntax."

    Huh? It's always Mr.

  • Scottys_Neighbor posted at 9:55 pm on Sun, Sep 22, 2013.

    Scottys_Neighbor Posts: 37

    Mr. Regan...(spell his name correctly at least once for posterity...LOL)

    The difference between Mr. Humanist & Miss Humanist is the syntax. Windy is as Windy does. Savvy?

    Mr. "Thad" Mcnasty has nothing to lose...any more. He's simple. He has "people."

    Mr.'re killin' it! Very Rogue... (that is a compliment, sir)

  • Rogue Cop posted at 8:26 pm on Sun, Sep 22, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    I know that Randy. My question is to the Press since they seem to be in cahoots with Stewart. BTW, howz come you didn't catch that, you being the keen political observer that you are?

  • Randy_Myers posted at 2:25 pm on Sun, Sep 22, 2013.

    Randy_Myers Posts: 136

    The Press created the headline, not Tony Stewart, Rogue...duh.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 1:38 pm on Sun, Sep 22, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2371

    An open letter to mayoral candidates that starts out:

    "Dear Mayor Bloem and Councilmen Edinger, Gookin, Goodlander, Kennedy and McEvers"
    None of those people are candidates for mayor. What exactly is Stewart's intent here?

  • rationaldiscussionplz posted at 7:58 pm on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    rationaldiscussionplz Posts: 266

    It's how liberals operate. The "anti-discrimination" ordinance itself discriminates and creates divisiveness where there was none before. They cannot win unless they succeed at confusing issues and undermining rational thought. Logic cannot coexist with liberal ideals.

  • AnnoTater posted at 3:34 pm on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    AnnoTater Posts: 178

    Is this election going to be determined by one or two issues that perpetuate a divide in the community or are we going to consider the breadth of the communities issues, needs and services, like financial responsibility, working on methods and procedures to expedite and streamline the city’s permitting process for example. Sensationalizing already controversial topics is not what Coeur d'Alene and her citizens need or deserve. It really only serves to continue stirring the pot and causes more of the division we have come to know in recent years. And lets be real honest, the demonizing of candidates only helps insulate campaigns/candidates from actually talking about ALL the issues of concern to the taxpayers. That is not the climate that Mary Souza hopes to foster. Let's demand of ALL candidates that they discuss the more practical aspects of managing our city's growth, while maintaining a positive environment for moving forward to serve ALL the people of Cd'A. Discussion need to be had about extending more city services to under served areas, such as the 15th Street Corridor by improving sidewalks and street maintenance for example. Consideration of a public vote for a branch library in the center-north part of town that is more accessible to the everyone and increase police presence in the neighborhoods for example. These are everyday practical issues and concerns, that may seem mundane to some but are the day in and day out concerns of good community leaders that actually plan to manage the entire city not just a few square blocks.

  • Humanist posted at 8:08 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3208

    Oops, make that 17 years ago.

  • Humanist posted at 8:05 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3208

    Wow, just when I didn't think you get any lower in the hole that you're digging, you managed to stoop even lower by dredging up someone's mistakes from 13 years ago. Yet somehow you hypocritically failed to mention your own infraction in that same database.

  • Humanist posted at 8:03 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3208

    LOL. You're really nothing more than a bully, aren't you?

  • Thaddeus posted at 6:48 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    Someone is easily impressed,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, (jake).................. But it is your right to idolize a train wreak,,,,,,, so have at it.

  • Lussier posted at 5:46 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    Lussier Posts: 132

    "At the end of life, each of us will be judged based on how we have treated our fellow human beings and if we had the courage to stand with those who faced such adversity as discrimination."

    I must have missed the transformational event when LGTB acknowledged an after life judge (God)! Did Tony truly preach the good news from his bully pulpit with 3,000 of his CDA followers being saved?

  • Randy_Myers posted at 11:03 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Randy_Myers Posts: 136

    Adjust your tin foil hat Natural. A human rights ordinance which has nothing to do with race at all hardly is tied to genocide. You think the mayor and council members who signed it are all out to do away with Caucasians ? Puhh leese......

  • Randy_Myers posted at 10:59 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Randy_Myers Posts: 136

    Brent...Joseph Adam Graves has nothing to do with your open letter to Tony Stewart. He may have produced campaign materials for Steve Widmyer (not Windmyer btw ). I think you went off on a tangent there. I submit that your open letter to Tony presents no facts, shows no evidence why he should not be a leader for the task force, and shines no light at all on any damage to the organizations credibility. This would be the time for you to go back to the drawing board and try again since you so very much wish to somehow undermine tony's work. Why is way beyond me. At least the anonymous UN conspiracy theorist has a, misguided as it is, reason.

  • JimmyJohn posted at 10:27 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    JimmyJohn Posts: 368

    There is a difference between making a mistake and breeding hate and intolerance. Everyone makes mistakes, but not everybody spreads hate and bigotry.

  • Natural Liberal posted at 8:14 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Natural Liberal Posts: 44

    Supporting anti-discrimination in white countries and only white countries and communities?

    Mr. Stewart does not promote anti-discrimination in black countries or communities? Nor in Asian countries or Communities? No, Mr. Stewart does not do that.

    Why does Mr. Stewart not do that? Because Mr. Stewart is promoting white genocide according to the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

    Why would Mr. Stewart do that? Mr. Stewart only does that because he is anti-white, anti-racist is just a code word for anti-white.

    Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948.

    Article 1
    The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.

    Article 2
    In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
    • (a) Killing members of the group;
    • (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    • (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    • (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    • (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    Article 3
    The following acts shall be punishable:
    • (a) Genocide;
    • (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
    • (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
    • (d) Attempt to commit genocide;
    • (e) Complicity in genocide.

  • Brent Regan posted at 6:26 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 736

    Maybe you should post under your real name. Coward.

  • Ron_Burgundy1988 posted at 4:42 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Ron_Burgundy1988 Posts: 40

    Detailed analysis has shown Brent Regan's comment postings to be precisely 36.7% accurate!

  • Humanist posted at 4:23 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3208

    Maybe you should go first Mr. Regan.

  • Humanist posted at 4:22 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3208

    Not twisting your words around. You actually said them. Your problem is that you continue to confuse humanly intrinsic traits such as sexual orientation with "lifestyle" and "agenda". And that's just plain sad. And, again, you are sorely mistaken when you say that majority should rule in these types of cases. We have the type of government that we do in this great Country specifically so the majority cannot tyrannize the minority. One where every single person is equal. One where equal does not mean special.

    Quote: "They get the same as everyone else, no more no less. "

    If this statement were correct we wouldn't even be having his conversation. But it's simply not true. Only when it is will I shut up and sit down.

  • Brent Regan posted at 3:57 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 736

    Mr. Jacobs writes "I could go on and on"

    Oh, please do. Why don't you back up your vague assertions with some facts. Go ahead and list them in lurid detail.

  • Brent Regan posted at 3:47 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 736

    That is not what transpired. If face it does not even make sense. You must have me confused with another person dissatisfied with Mr. Steward's lack of professionalism.

  • arius1 posted at 3:11 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    arius1 Posts: 958

    @humanist. again trying to twist words around - lifestyles and agendas are not the same as rights and privileges. I agree everyone including all minorities should have the same rights and privileges as everyone else. But a vocal few think they deserve more, or that theirs supersede the majority. They are special. They have been in the closet so long, they come out screaming. They get the same as everyone else, no more no less. So shut up and sit down and behave.

  • Thomas Carter HREI posted at 2:59 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Thomas Carter HREI Posts: 7


    If you recall as it seems you do not. I was standing behind Tony during your conversation. The TRUE recollection of the story was as follows:

    Brent walks up to Tony and states, "Tony you have No Integrity"! Tony Responds, "Mr. Regan we did not ask you to resign from the board. When you did apologized and we accepted your apology". At that point Tony and I walked away.

  • Randy_Myers posted at 2:23 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Randy_Myers Posts: 136

    I notice you didn't mention Regan's racist joke (which he apologized for to his credit) and are focusing on the upcoming election and not the ordinance.

    it is crucial , indeed, to realize that Steve Widmyer is the only candidate to be open about being FOR the ordinance. many here have correctly stated it is merely an EQUAL rights ordinance and not a special rights one. I think it is high time to add the words to the civil rights act and tp our federal and state constitutions.

  • Humanist posted at 1:58 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3208

    Quote arius1: "no need to push their lifestyles and agendas on to the majority of us who aren't,"

    Yeah, asking for the same rights and privileges as everyone else is "pushing" their lifestyle on us. How dare they!

  • Humanist posted at 1:55 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Humanist Posts: 3208

    Quote jake1776: "fighting against Christians who oppose the injustices that would not only violate the Constitution, but also their natural rights to obeying their conscience."

    Only fighting against the bigoted Christians. There is a significant difference between the bigoted Christians and the non-bigoted Christians. Bigotry is still bigotry regardless of ones religious affiliation.

  • Patrick_Jacobs posted at 1:52 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Patrick_Jacobs Posts: 1

    Widmyer was the only candidate to speak out directly in favor of the ordinance and equal rights. The other two either skirted around the issue for political reasons (Mary) or just plain showed their ignorance (Kunka). That's not an opinion, it's fact.

    Tony Stewart is not a solo project. He is the voluntary face and voice for thousands and thousands of city residents who are committed to continuing a thirty year trend toward making our fine community a place where equal rights is a priority and reality. The vast majority of local residents see him as a local treasure who has dedicated years and years of his life toward making our area a great place for EVERYONE to live their lives. His concerns about Souza and Kunka are valid and the voting public benefits from knowing his perspective.

    I could go on and on about how Brent Regan is pretty much the anti-Stewart, but smart voters will already be aware of that without me rehashing the details. Suffice it to say that Regan can't even be bothered to spell Stewart's name correctly, and that pretty much says it all. His response did not dispute any of Stewart's assertions, just attempted to aggressively belittle him. Very weak.

    Mary Souza ought to be a little more wise in choosing her associates if she has any hope of looking like a sane candidate (she isn't) who could actually win the election (she won't).

  • JimmyJohn posted at 12:49 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    JimmyJohn Posts: 368

    Ya how dare they advocate for the same treatment as every other human being! Women in the early 1900's should have just sat there in peace and harmony with no need to push their right to vote on other citizens. African Americans should have sat there is peace and harmony during the civil rights movement and not bothered the white majority with their vocal opposition to inequality and injustice.

    Extreme sarcasm off

  • jake1776 posted at 12:42 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    jake1776 Posts: 71

    "has held leadership positions in the battle against injustice" ... this is a true statement. He has been a leader in this battle ... fighting against Christians who oppose the injustices that would not only violate the Constitution, but also their natural rights to obeying their conscience.

    Tony Stewart is perhaps one of the most hate-filled people living in our community. Still waiting for him to ask Mike Malloy to apologize for calling for the death of Republicans. But that would not suit Tony's agenda now would it?

  • jake1776 posted at 12:35 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    jake1776 Posts: 71

    HAHAHAHA (fake laughter) So funny Thaddeus. But here's a tip about making a joke. It's not funny unless there is SOME degree of truth in it. You say that Brent Regan is setting the bar too low. And how many devices do you have in the Smithsonian in Washington DC? You see -- an attack on a person's achievements doesn't exactly work well if YOU are 100 times less successful than the person you are attacking.

  • Randy_Myers posted at 12:26 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Randy_Myers Posts: 136

    Brent "Fact Free" Regan's response to Tony Stewart's well thought out letter to the people who supported a basic human rights ordinance offers nothing but a vague description f a conversation held at the library. The rest is an attack. Mr. Stewart attacked no one but rather shared his position . Brent, attacking a man who supports human rights and has held leadership positions in the battle against injustice as well as being an expert on the Constitution doesn't really add to your appeal. Perhaps you should heed your own advice and focus on being better at relating. Oh..btw it's not "Steward" it's Stewart (Just thinking of your due diligence comment).

    @all you anonymous posters who are taking potshots at Tony Stewart. How can anyone take you disguised people seriously ? Regan, Teague, and I are the only ones in this conversation as ourselves.

  • Thaddeus posted at 12:19 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    ".............just remember that you will NEVER be an equal to Brent. EVER."

    You're right jake,,,,,,, that bar is too low.

  • jake1776 posted at 12:08 pm on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    jake1776 Posts: 71

    Brent--it really is astounding that a man like Stewart--who has probably never created a job or anything else for that matter in his life ... reaps financial benefits solely by spewing his anti-Christian hate--and his supporters attack YOU?? There isn't another person living in northern Idaho who has contributed more to science, engineering, and job creation than Brent Regan.

    I hope that the low life's on here typing from their parents' basements just remember that you will NEVER be an equal to Brent. EVER.

  • apathoid posted at 11:35 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    Brent - he's worse than a school yard bully. He's unemployable in any other place so he must create issues where they don't exist in order to get a pay check. It's a joke...

  • Brent Regan posted at 11:25 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 736

    Steward damages his own credibility, and that of his organization by not doing his homework. This isn't my "opinion". It is a simple fact that you seem immune to understand.

    You are so wrapped up in your own opinions you can't see the truth and resort to the character attack strategy of a school yard bully, unable to deal with reality. If you are looking for bitter, read you own posts.

  • Brent Regan posted at 11:17 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 736

    You forgot one:
    Ron Burgundy ..................0 0%

  • arius1 posted at 11:00 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    arius1 Posts: 958

    Sometimes I agree with you Mike, but not on this one. I agree wholeheartedly with apathoid and smndnl1. Well said apathoid. And yes the Aryans are gone for the most part. If they can only muster 20 or so at a rally from the whole northwest for a hate fest, that's not saying much for them as a group. I think the vast majority disagree with their beliefs, and yes discrimination is still alive and well here in CDA as well as most anywhere in some form or another. But this ordinance was not needed, and in so saying that makes me a racist or a hater I guess, which I am not.
    There are those in the LGBT community who live their lives in peace and harmony with no need to push their lifestyles and agendas on to the majority of us who aren't, and then there are the vocal ones (LGBT's) who are the real haters, that demand the majority kowtow to them. This is what Tony et al are doing. Kowtowing to a select few loudmouths. They come from the belief that the louder they talk or yell the righter they are.

  • Miketeague posted at 10:58 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2596

    OK brent just who is Mr. Stewart “falsely characterizing”? Were the published statements of Souza and Kunka false? I guess you were there and recorded the interviews or as usual just blowing smoke to sound important. If you are going to try to impugn someone’s integrity I suggest you stick with people like me, because People like Mr. Stewart are way above your level. If anything is going to be retired how about retiring your bitter opinions. Just so you know your association with people Like Ms. Souza probably cost her the election. Sane people know who and what you are.

  • Ron_Burgundy1988 posted at 10:36 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Ron_Burgundy1988 Posts: 40

    I always remember this when I read posts like the above:

    Brent Regan. . . . . . . . . . 823 36.79%
    Christa Hazel . . . . . . . . . 1,414 63.21%

  • Brent Regan posted at 10:01 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Brent Regan Posts: 736

    An open letter to Mr. Steward:

    During our conversation at the CDA Library I chastised you for falsely and publicly characterizing a person's position without doing the due diligence of first talking to that person. You apologized and assured me it would never happen again and yet here you are doing EXACTLY the same crime.

    If you are to lead the Task Force on Human Relations then perhaps you should invest in the "relations" part and actually talk to people before you start squawking like Chicken Little. Your apparent inability to be fair minded makes you unfit to serve as a leader of the Task Force and the Board would be wise to consider your "retirement" before you do further to damage the credibility of that organization.

  • Miketeague posted at 9:52 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2596

    Apathoid, people like you and smndnl1 just don’t get it or more likely don’t want to get it. Your very comments are proof that people like Mr. Stewart, and organizations like HRI are so very much needed. You are the type that would still enforce the old ‘Jim Crow” laws, if you think for one minute that the Aryans are gone or that discrimination doesn’t exist you need open your eyes or maybe just read the comments posted here daily.

  • apathoid posted at 9:27 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    apathoid Posts: 211

    The problem with people like you, Tony, is that fear-mongering is how you put food on your table. With the Aryans all but extinct, you need to create "discrimination" in order to justify the existence of your own hate group, the HRI. And yes, Tony, you do run a hate group, you just wrap it in a pretty little package.

    The anti-discrimination ordinance was crafted to "deal with" a problem that doesn't exist! However, you and Sgt. Barbie have now created a "solution" that desperately needs a problem so you will actively go out and discriminate against business owners (like Mary) who don't tow your line.

    Congratulations, you've created discrimination in the name of stopping discriminataion! It's just discrimination against people who have a strong moral compass and aren't all namby-pamby like you and your ilk.

    Please go get a real job and leave us alone...

  • smndnl1 posted at 6:56 am on Wed, Sep 18, 2013.

    smndnl1 Posts: 142

    This guy makes me laugh. Not because what he says isn't true but the hypocrisy people like him wrap themselves in. His views are as laudable as they are selective. I only wish Tony could express the same moral outrage for his sides continual support of the baby killing industry and the rampant excess within it. He and others push selective morality that suits their political ends pure and simple. If Tony was actually fair minded he would also be writing lengthy articles taking his own party to task for doing everything they can and pushing every piece of legislation that makes it possible to abort babies at mare than half term. He would be lauding the "moral courage" of those who fight against this atrocity and defend the rights of the most helpless. As it is its just the same old politics, support what strengthens your political stand and ignore that which doesn't. Fetus's dont vote after all. Liberal hypocrisy at its finest,

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