Thursday, October 13, 2005

Matt's recent AgapePress column

Cha-ching! And another of our country's cultural conservatives betrays his moral sense.


At 7:06 PM, Anonymous The Libertarian said...

Anyone who paid close attention to the Gubernatorial race in the State of Mississippi two years ago should know that Haley Barbour IS NOT the “Social Conservative” that the Religious Right thought he was. I distinctly remember Governor Barbour referring to himself as a “Goldwater Republican” on numerous occasions through the course of the campaign. Any person knowledgeable about modern American politics knows that anyone who comes from the Barry Goldwater mold generally favors limited government and fiscal conservatism. Many political junkies will know that Sen. Goldwater was often times openly critical of the religious rights growing attempt to “hijack” as he called it, the Republican Party in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He was openly pro-choice. This is not a “culture of death liberal” as you call it were talking about here, were talking about Barry Goldwater. He wrote the book on what it means to be a CONSERVATIVE, literally. In 1960, he wrote The Conscience of a Conservative. The book influenced conservative politics for decades, and inspired Ronald Reagan to change political affiliation. So, I am not the least bit surprised that Haley Barbour could careless what the religious right thinks.
Now to the real issue. Gambling. What is so terrible about allowing casinos to come on-shore? Gambling is an important part of the Mississippi economy, and it is here to stay. You should be ashamed of yourself for opposing legislation that will be beneficial to the gulf coast. Believe it or not, had this bill not passed, there was a good chance that a number of the casinos would not have returned to the coast. I know you would love like it, but you have a home and job. What about those people who would lose their jobs permanently due to casinos choosing not to rebuild? If you are opposed to gambling, by all means don’t do it. You also have every right to convince other people not to do it, but quit trying to use the government to keep folks from doing things that you do not approve of. Personally, I enjoy gambling. Frankly, it aggravates me that people like you think you should be able to tell me what to do with my hard earned money. I hope you will respond Matt, but I doubt you will…….


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