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Selective Morals

Reported by Ellen - December 2, 2004

The first hour of Alan Colmes' radio show last night was a food fight over the place for moderates in the Republican party. A shrewish woman named Jan LaRue, from an organization called Concerned Women of America, lambasted Arlen Specter and other Republicans who don't agree with the Republican Party platform. Unfortunately for her, when Colmes asked her some of the specifics of that all-important platform, she didn't know them. Nevertheless, LaRue seemed like the kind of woman who never tires of criticizing others and she didn't let a little gaffe like that stand in her way.

"If they can't support the president, they should go over to the other side," LaRue proclaimed, shortly before infuriating by Colmes by calling pro-choice partisans "pro abortion."

LaRue's opponent on the show, James Scarantino, from a group called Mainstream 2004, fears Republicans have become too single-minded on family issues but he hardly got a word in edgewise. Instead, LaRue argued tirelessly and effusively over whether or not the word "moderate" is appropriate to describe more liberal Republicans. When it was pointed out to her that Bush's fiscal policies are wildly unconservative and his social policies moderate in some respects, LaRue proclaimed self-righteously, "He's conservative on most of the moral issues."

A quick trip to the CWA website revealed what, exactly, LaRue means by "moral issues:"

The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens - first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society - thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation.

The vision of CWA is for women and like-minded men, from all walks of life, to come together and restore the family to its traditional purpose and thereby allow each member of the family to realize their God-given potential and be more responsible citizens.
Biblical values and responsible citizens? Where is her concern over the torture of prisoners? Lying about reasons to go to war? That little rule change in the House of Representatives designed to allow the scandal-ridden Tom DeLay to stay in power even after he's indicted? What kind of responsible citizenship is that?

The next segment which lasted for the rest of the show, was all about extra terrestrials. "UFO activist and Washington lobbyist" Stephen Bassett discussed an ET "pattern of engaging" with earthlings going back to 1947. Many callers shared stories about seeing UFO's, ET's and being abducted. I'm not a believer but it was unsettling to hear about creatures appearing in bedrooms in the middle of the night, especially for an ex-New Yorker on a freezing cold, pitch-black night on a back-country road.

I have a feeling I'm going to have nightmares.

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