Great LTE in the Star Tribune
Letter of the day: Conservatives should emulate Goldwater
According to the media, a conservative -- or a Republican, for that matter -- has to be someone who is a white Evangelical Christian who cannot stand the "immorality" of the left, and is a champion of government advocating spirituality and "values."
I am a conservative, and I am a Republican. Yet I am none of the above. I am a Barry Goldwater conservative. I value limited government. I don't care whether you are gay and want to get married because I value a limited government. I do not care what name you call God and how often you go to church, because I value a limited government.
Goldwater had it right when he said that Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell need "a swift kick in the ass."
I value the free market and the entrepreneur. Lower taxes are the way to achieve this. Low taxes are the essence of the limited government that I value.
I also value a strong national defense. I value an engaged foreign policy in a post-9/11 world. We cannot sit idle while others think of ways to attack.
These are my core Republican "values." I want my party back.
GARRICK KAY, SPRING LAKE PARK
Long long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was interested in the Republican party for the very reasons that this letter writer cites. We've gone pretty far afield.