The Republican leadership knows that it cannot capture the White House in the year 2000 because of the stranglehold the religious Right has on the party platform. This is an embarrassment to moderate Republicans and mainstream Christians. The extreme Christian Right is not wasting its time and money on trying to put a Republican in the White House. It knows that if it can get a two-thirds majority in Congress, it will be able to override anything a president vetoes regardless of who is in the White House.
Here is a scenario of what could happen. The National Endowment for the Arts would become history. (The party) could, and would, do away with the separation of church and state. The religion of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell will be encouraged in the public schools. Abortion will be abolished, and young pregnant girls who survive the coat hangers will become criminals. We could become a country like Iran where one religious group decides what laws we should live by.
What can mainstream Americans do to prevent the religious Right from taking over our government? The Republicans only need a few more seats in each house to gain a two-thirds majority. We can vote Democratic in the November election.
Those of us who live in Georgia's 10th District can defeat Sen. Paul Coverdell and Rep. Charlie Norwood. Keep this in mind when you go to the polls in November.
Hoyt Goodson, Waynesboro
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