To much emotion not enough substance

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To the Editor:
I have read two weeks’ worth of Rick Gray’s  “Talking Points” column, and could not hold my tongue any further.  If a columnist is employed to create a response to what he puts in the paper, I have to concede that Mr. Gray has been successful.

Let’s start with the August 29 column, where Mr. Gray asserts current Republican thinking is nothing more than “militantly ignorant, bigoted and superstitious.”  That’s a pretty sweeping generalization, and in-line with current liberal talking points (and recent MSNBC RNC Convention coverage that excluded female and minority speakers) that conservatives are just too stupid, biased and immoral to fully understand the value of taking the fruits of one person and giving it to another.  When Mr. Gray remarks that Republicans daily make stupid remarks, which they often do and should own the consequences of them, then in the next sentence diminishes the “gaffes” routinely spoken by our current Vice President, methinks Mr. Gray subscribes to the liberal school of media double-standards.  I would welcome the same blistering commentary on the outright lies spewed by the DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, particularly with regards to Paul Ryan’s proposed budget and remarks she made concerning how the Israeli ambassador to the United States told her that Republican policies are endangering Israel (an outright lie, and would be happy to send you the links).  I love Mr. Gray’s ability to crucify Republicans for their remarks yet dismiss or ignore those made by the other side.  Maybe if he turned off his MSNBC feed occasionally, his view could become a little better refined and balanced.

In the September 5 column, Mr. Gray laments the rising cost of energy, explaining how accessible reserves of fossil fuel are exhausted.  Tell that to a coal miner that sees ever-decreasing demand for the fruits of their labor as government passes ever-strangling environmental policies that basically have put the fossil-fuel power generation business on a death watch.  Similarly, when environmentalists pushed oil drilling deeper and further offshore, and a catastrophic oil spill occurs, the same government subsequently prevented the development of much safer shallow oil wells.  Such development could take place off of Virginia’s coast, making many lifestyle-sustaining jobs for capable workers. 

The answer in all of this is to reduce the size and scope of government from its current safety net and entitlement status to one that meets basic Constitutionally-outlined duties and creates a business environment that facilitates job creation.  Mr. Gray would be better suited discussing why in July there were three times more people enrolled in the Food Stamp Program than actually found a job, or why the net workforce is smaller today than four years ago when the current President was inaugurated.  Such debates are much more valuable to folks that actually do the due diligence to understand an issue, vice-catching their snippets and parroting the opinions from their favorite news outlet. 

I have no love for the embedded Republican Party, and blame a substantial amount of today’s issues on their overspending and lack of principle in adhering to the Constitution.  Newer conservatives offer hope and proposed solutions to the issues we face.  It’s just too bad that so many people allow themselves to be led by media and journalists that spend too much time on emotion, and too little time on substance.  Mr. Gray shares this blame, as his columns so clearly illustrate.
 
P. Smith
Chesterfield