Dear Conservatives

This open letter is one of two winners from the 2015 ESFL essay contest. Look for the other contest winner tomorrow: “Dear Progressives.”

To My Friends on the Right

We sometimes discuss the flawed proposals of progressives when it comes to the economy: that their investment programs don’t work and that higher taxes will lead us to the same bankrupt position that France is in these days. But that’s not entirely what I wanted to address in this piece. We do have considerable disagreements, and it pains me to see that all too often, the principles you apply to advocate a free market economy abandon your mind when you make a moral argument on social change.

Every argument we have ends with the same vague, unsettling, and frustrating idea you express that I trust individuals too much, or at least more than most people do. Before we get into what you think is my exceedingly worrying amount of trust, let’s just see how much we trust you already. First, you are able to read this letter, make up your mind about it, and discuss it with friends and family. You can proceed to spread and discuss that message with friends and family and make it circulate in the free market of ideas.

You’re also absolutely capable of holding your moral values, applying and rooting for them, and thereby influencing an institution stronger than every government and court system: social norms.

Things I would consider to be senseless to respect and that are not even laws today will still be respected out of the fear of marginalization. In that sense, your conservatism very often has the upper hand, and no government intervenes in that sort of moral playing field.

So far, you’re not in any disagreement with the concept of classical liberalism. As classical liberals, we believe in self-ownership and in the capabilities one can develop when given responsibility, but socia…

Dutch study suggests wifi is killing trees

The health-damaging effects of wireless technology has been a hotly debated topic in scientific circles for years now. Linked with increased stress, brain fog, insomnia, cancer, lower sperm count, Alzheimer’s Disease, behavioral issues and developmental delays, many are questioning the daily use of Wi-Fi, cellphones, tablets, smart meters and other modern ‘necessities.

Limbaugh: Ben Carson not equipped to be president

Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday" interviews Rush Limbaugh on Nov. 22, 2015

Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” interviews Rush Limbaugh on Nov. 22, 2015

Front-running GOP candidate Dr. Ben Carson is “probably not” equipped right now to be president, according to talk-radio star Rush Limbaugh, but the top-rated host in America says he’d “absolutely” vote for the former neurosurgeon over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Limbaugh was asked by host Chris Wallace to comment on some of the major players in this election cycle’s hunt for the White House.

When Carson’s name was mentioned, Limbaugh said Carson is “one of the most decent human beings in this country. He’s one of the finest men. I’ve met him. The things he has done, the places he’s come from … and I cringe when I see that they (the media) are trying to destroy him.”

Wallace asked Limbaugh if Carson is “equipped to be president.”

“Probably not at this stage,” said Limbaugh, “but any of these Republicans running would be better than Hillary or better than anything we’ve got now. So, based on that comparison, yes. I would vote for him if it was up to him and Hillary. Absolutely! Without a doubt.”

Regarding Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Limbaugh said, “Donald Trump is, I think, doing a great service. He is showing that you do not have to fear attacks from the media. He is showing you do not have to fear being politically correct or violating political correctness.”

On Ted Cruz, who has surged to No. 2 in Iowa in a new poll, Limbaugh called the Texas senator “brilliant and conservative through and through. Trustworthy, strong, confident, leader, and somebody on whom you can totally depend.”

And although for Jeb Bush is a Republican, Limbaugh seemed less endorsing in his comments of the former Florida governor.

“I don’t think he really wants to do this,” Limbaugh explained. “I’m watching and I don’t see passion. I don’t see fire. It’s as though people in his camp want him to do it ’cause they want to get back in power. I just don’t see Jeb with all that energy that says, ‘I need this. The country needs me. I can’t wait to do this.’ I just don’t see any of that.”

The final candidate mentioned by Wallace was Hillary Clinton, to which Limbaugh responded: “I just think ‘corruption.’ When I think of the Clintons, I think ‘corruption,’ and skirting the edges. Don’t trust them, and certainly don’t think the country would be in the best hands possible if either of them got back in power.”

As President Obama continues his push to bring more Syrian “refugees” into America, Limbaugh was asked what he would do if he were in charge.

“I would pause it. I would put a pause on it right now,” he said. “I don’t profess to be an expert in everything. I’m an expert in a lot of things, Chris, but not everything. And in this case, I would get some people who can tell me how best to do this. We paused refugees being allowed to enter the country in 2011. Do you know who did it? Barack Hussein O. There was a six-month pause on Iraqi refugees for the very same reason people are worried about the Syrian refugees today.

“Look, I have friends who are Syrians. I play golf with them. They’re great people. This is not about that. It’s not about bigotry or racism or anti-ethnics or against certain nationalities. It’s about the defense and protection of the United States of America and our Constitution, which is what is the primary job of the president of the United States. And again, he just doesn’t seem to be oriented in that direction or interested in it.

“It’s almost as though he thinks that we’ve committed all these crimes since our founding, unjust and immoral, and it’s time for payback. It’s time for us to find out what the rest of the world goes through every day. It’s time for us to bite the bullet.”

President Obama speaking Monday at the G-20 Summit in Turkey (White House photo)

President Obama speaking Monday at the G-20 Summit in Turkey (White House photo)

Limbaugh also scorched Obama for his lack of success in dealing with the Islamic State terrorists known as ISIS.

“I don’t think he’s got a strategy that deals with ISIS,” he said. “I think Obama’s strategy … best I’ve been able to learn, and I’ve looked really hard at this, it seems to me that Obama is linked to Iran and Syria in this. The sectarian violence throughout the Middle East is his excuse for not doing anything about it. Iran capitalizes on all of this chaos and crisis. And Chris, look, I don’t like saying any of this, but it’s obvious Obama is very sensitive to Iran’s needs and is trying to satisfy them. We have lifted the sanctions. They’ve got $150 billion they didn’t have. They are on the way to get a nuclear weapon, all because of Barack Hussein O, and I think his dealing with ISIS is inept, and incompetent, and nonexistent.

“So what would you do? How would you destroy ISIS?” asked Wallace.

Limbaugh responded: “Well, in the first place, I would get some people around me and listen to them. I would get some people around me who are experts in dealing with groups like this. One thing, I would do, Chris, I would hit their oil. I would hit their oil depots and I would hit their oil tankers. We’re not. Do you know why we’re not? Because we have rules of engagement. The administration says, “Well, some of the drivers might be civilians, and we can’t go there – and there might be some civilians at the actual oil depots and oil wells that they’ve taken over.”

That’s their primary source of revenue. I would hit that and I wouldn’t care. You know, Chris, the world is governed by the aggressive use of force, and the purpose of war – and the purpose of militaries – is to kill people and break things. That’s how you win. And you keep doing that until the other side says, “I’m sorry,” and surrenders. Barack Obama’s No. 1 enemy is the Republican Party, and the conservative movement. You see he gets animated. He does not need cue cards, he does not teleprompter when he starts ripping into them. But when you get ISIS on the board or anything in the Middle East, he’s very cautious, very precise, very … Don’t want to offend them; don’t want to make them mad.”

Boy, 16, charged with murder in shooting of policeman

(Reuters) A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder on Friday in connection with the killing of a police officer who was shot as he sat in his car outside his department’s headquarters in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, prosecutors said.

Abel Diaz was one of three people arrested in the death of Downey police officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez on Wednesday night following what authorities have described as a botched robbery.