Under this concept we live in a number of environments, all of which are important to sustaining life to the fullest. These include the internal environments of our own physical bodies, minds and spiritual natures, our ethical and moral environments, our political and social environments and our overall cultural environment which encompasses most of the others. There is a good deal of overlap since most of these environments affect the others. If we were to adopt a holistic environmental ethic we would begin by refusing to pollute our own physical bodies with foreign substances, including what I call somewhat jokingly "microbial excrement" (alcohol). The drug abuse problem would disappear if this were universally taken to heart. We would likewise refuse to pollute our minds with images and ideas that are detrimental to healthy relationships with ourselves, others and God. These are perhaps the most important things we take with us through life. If this idea were to take hold, the pornography problem and all the problems that spring from it would all but disappear. Our moral and ethical environments have been severely polluted by Abortionism and its various practices: prenatal child-slaying, cloning, euthanasia, assisted suicide, etc. Our political environment has been terribly polluted by DEMOCRATS (Demagogic Extreme Miscreants Obstructing, Corrupting and Regressing by Attacking Traditions and Standards) and other Abortionites as they have thwarted the democratic process through the usurpations of the judiciary, Balkanized our people for political gain, trashed the rule of law by ignoring constitutional constraints (and in many other ways) and made election fraud a time-honored tradition.
I feel the need to address the issue of environmentalism because Republicans tend to have a poor public image in this area and it's a major reason why many otherwise decent people will choose Birthist Abortionite DEMOCRATS over pro-life REPUBLICANS (Responsible, Enterprising, Principled Upholders of Basic Liberties Innovating Constructive and Affordable National Solutions). It's unfortunate but true that the one-dimensional "the economy, stupid" types on the right of our political spectrum tend to hide behind the free market principles of the Republican Party. It doesn't help matters when a high profile mouthpiece like Rush Limbaugh, who in most other respects has done a world of good in articulating conservative causes, routinely bashes "environmental wackos." But the vast majority of REPUBLICANS want a clean and healthy natural environment. What sane person wouldn't? To us, it's more a matter of balancing environmental concerns with other human needs whereas the alternative we usually are offered is what an article referenced below called "the anti-scientific utopianism of hysterical mainstream environmentalism." It's all or nothing and all too typical of the approach of DEMOCRATS to grandstand as our heroes.
A friend sent me an article from a recent issue of National Review which dealt with environmentally conscious conservatives or "Crunchy (as in crunchy granola) Cons" and what that meant. Most REPUBLICANS want very much to preserve all aspects of our heritage. The article identifies "four basic areas that are touchstones for crunchy conservatives: Religion, the Natural World, Beauty, and Family." I might add a few things to that list such as tradition and history. The article also notes that "In previous generations, it was taken for granted among conservatives that cultivating taste was a worthwhile, even necessary pursuit in building civilization" and that "One's sensitivity to and desire for beauty, and its edifying qualities of order, harmony, 'sweetness and light,' has consequences for the character of individuals and ultimately for civilization. It's perilous to forget that." It is for these reasons that this Republican often supports spending taxpayers' money on cultural and artistic institutions, especially at the state and local level rather than at the federal level. Our people need this. Opposition to spending for such things at the federal level is simply a matter of distinguishing between where the responsibility and authority for such things lies.