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Letter: GOP panders to emotions

Opinion

Letter: GOP panders to emotions

Edgar Allen Beem is wasting his time looking for a logical common denominator in Republican positions. They're pandering to their idea of what people want, or can be made to want through emotional appeals that manage to leave an impression without rousing the critical faculties. Democrats wooing their constituencies do the same thing and call it "fighting fire with fire." Though firefighters usually use water.

If a strong trend to smaller families were to really take hold in our hemisphere, wouldn't that ease migration pressures that stoke ethnic and border tensions? One would think that those concerned about the latter would favor the former. As goals go, securing our borders and restricting abortion are about as logically inconsistent and unrelated as you can get, but why should that bother folks who choose their opinions base on loyalty rather than the evidence?

Anthony Taylor
Buxton