John Meyer

Blue Springs

To the editor:

Quoting a true conservative, Barry Goldwater, from November 1994: “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the (Republican) party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

Let me add my two cents. Barry was right. Today we see a Republican Party willing to destroy the very country they claim to love so much. A coalition of single-issue radicals with no tolerance for any other view of the real world. These are not people who place the best interests of America first; these are people who insist on imposing their will on America or they will destroy it, all the while claiming the righteousness of Jesus.

Sad. Barry Goldwater could not get nominated by this version of the Republican Party. I do not fear bad people, but I do fear good people who confuse religion and government.