Your View: Guest Column - This administration doesn’t advocate socialism

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 10:16 PM

BY KEN CARNEY

Clyde Dupin’s March 24 column in the HP Enterprise “Advocates for evil redefine values” begs for rebuttal. Dupin has a right to his views, but why does he think everything not in agreement with his beliefs is “evil”?  He identified four powerful advocates for evil: “our Socialist government, the ACLU, the elite media and educational institutions.”
We do not have a socialistic form of government (look it up!) nor does the current administration advocate socialism.  Taxation is the means of funding programs authorized by the legislative branch.  Those of our citizens who are gainfully employed support these authorized governmental activities (national defense, food and drug oversight etc.) by paying taxes.  Those who are unemployed should not be referred to as “those who won’t work.”
The ACLU is an organization which, through the efforts of its members, attempts to protect freedom of religion from those who want to flex this freedom to favor one form of religion over another (might makes right).  Is this effort to preserve the freedom to practice the religion of one’s choice the “un-American way” to which Dupin refers?  Is this what he considers an attempt to “control our churches and freedom of religion”?
Dupin refers to the powerful “elite media.” If he doesn’t want to consider views expressed by the news outlets which he identifies as elite, maybe he can find reporting more aligned with his beliefs on the “fair and balanced” outlet and any number of conservative newspapers and magazines.  Fortunately, we do not have censorship of news in this country which would allow only conservative or liberal interpretations of world, national and international events.  This allows thinking men and women to consider apposing points of view.
The role of institutions of higher education, which he classifies as evil, is not to shelter students from views unacceptable to their parents, but rather to teach young people to think for themselves and to form their own worldview based upon facts and reason.  Some educational institutions do attempt to form students’ views and beliefs in accord with select religious and political beliefs.  To the extent that parents chose to restrict the intellectual growth and development of their children they can enroll them in those conservative schools.
I think Dupin should give more consideration to his ideas before he writes his next column.

Ken Carney lives in High Point.