As we review the past century, Arizona had many great leaders and some not so great. I worked along with Ernest McFarland, had contact with Barry Goldwater. They were honestly interested in people and justice, not dividing the country. What qualifies a Jay Heiler to be a Board of Regent member? Many with no constructive solutions find fault with any action of the federal government. Top the list with Tom Patterson, president of the Goldwater Institute and weekly editorial contributor to the East Valley Tribune. References to God to support political positions are not consistent with my varied Christian upbringing. Barry Goldwater was a true patriot; he should not be required to share that title with a Russell Pearce.
Barry, like I, lived though many rapid changes in America. We had fewer organized extremists, or selfish views expressed by so many. The corporate media has led people to believe political extremism by both parties is the norm. Statements that America became great because it rejected compromise and moderation are not supported by fact. Berry Goldwater quoted Madison in pointing out that there were no angles, and that is why the Constitution provided the Supreme Court.
The phony political candidates who are using the Declaration of Independence to connect the Church and remove the Government and the "perfect Union" that we fought for are being accepted by more of the public. The Founding Fathers knew how to compromise and they did by preventing Congress from interfering with the individuals of or from religion. The new conservatives trying to take away individual freedom reject what has been accomplished by sacrifice, trial and error.
The example of FDR activating the National Guard to protect the workers who were being prevented from entering the steel mills and factories because they had organized Unions to insist on decent wages and job security. That was 1935. I saw the troops and lived to see the American middle class grow from that compromise reached with the industrial barons. Then, they saw the wisdom in agreeing to large tax concessions to save the nation from bankruptcy. Moderation is the term used in describing the policies of President Harry Truman and some predecessors. They were balanced by compromises with those in Congress from the southern states. To suggest that we must continue, as a divided nation is to reject what our Founding Fathers wished for their country. They adopted the phrase E Pluribus Unum, "Out of many, one" the motto of the United States inscribed on our coins and blended in the words of the Preamble of our Constitution.
Richard T. Tracy, Sr.