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Conservatism did not lose in November, and I’m thoroughly sick of the same cast of people who told us Mitt Romney was the superior electable ‘severely conservative’ candidate, now tell us that conservatives have to give up core principles and Christian beliefs in order for the GOP to ever win again.
The idea goes like this: Romney was the best possible, and since he couldn’t win, the entire Republican brand is out the window. So, in order to win, we have to back pro-abortion candidates, push for amnesty, back gay-marriage, raise taxes, give up on Second Amendment rights, subsidize the healthy non-productive, increase the debt, and more.
Since Romney was the farthest left on all of those issues, and still lost, the entire premise is ridiculously bogus.
As I read the headlines of how the GOP plans to cope with this loss, this humongous, painful, extraordinary loss, this monumental, terrifying, tragic loss, I see a party whose leadership does not believe in its own platform, nor its founding.
I had a tough time wondering if I should stay with the GOP or not, but my sense of responsibility got the better of me, and I became, once again, my county’s chair. But I will not be dragged along with the party’s ‘new’ agenda.
Giving up on the abortion issue will lose a large percentage of the base of the GOP, because the right to life is as central a notion of liberty that any can ever be. The Republican party argued, early on, that slavery was a horrible scar on this nation, and formed to abolish it. Back then, Abraham Lincoln asked the question, how can the ownership of a person be considered the same as ownership of a mule? To the screeching left, I ask, how can your ownership of your body be the same as ownership of a person within you? And if you regard the ownership of another, grounds to have that person killed, you are no better than the slaveholder who tortured what he regarded as property. To those who regard a ‘fetus’, which literally means ‘offspring’, only tissue, and that conception is not the beginning of life, you have lost that argument when you acknowledge having sex produces offspring, hence the ‘morning after’ pill. To those who say you could not force a woman who was raped to carry a child to term, the answer is, then don’t. Nobody is forcing anyone to do such a thing, and even if Roe v. Wade was overturned, the matter would go to the states, which is where the matter should be dealt with. The fight against abortion will always be contentious because we citizens were never asked, and the arguments for its legalization were based on lies, half-truths, and motives.
But beyond all that, those who are very opposed to abortion consider it a good rule of thumb on which to judge a politician’s overall character.
Speaking of character, is it right or wrong to allow non-citizens to vote? Because unless the GOP begins to deal with its apathy toward voter identification, all the amnesty in the world will not help win elections. Even in GOP states, Secretary of State offices refuse to deal with who is voting in elections. How about we at least start with that issue, instead of trying so hard to bend our own laws to accommodate?
The gay marriage issue is hot because it is considered by the left to be a civil rights issue. There are people on both sides of the aisle who hate gays. But Christianity pushes the mindset of loving one another, so the idea that those opposed to gay marriage are just hate-filled evangelicals is bogus. The issue is very religion-centered, but it too, is a state issue, it makes no difference on whether the entire GOP becomes pro-gay marriage. The argument is that it should be a matter before each state, instead of forcing a very conservative state to accept something it cannot abide. Whether you are gay or straight should not be the issue on whether you are accepted into a community, and therefore, should not be the issue on whether you can work in the Republican party. The idea that gays should not be accepted is indeed a civil rights issue, and any suggestion that because a person is gay, they cannot work to make a life is outrageous. However, marriage is a societal issue as well as a religious issue. My own interpretation of what should and should not be allowed is irrelevant. I only caution the gay marriage proponents that using the Supreme Court is not the way to gain acceptance. People very opposed will always consider the contention of forcing the issue federally or through the court, as a feud that will never end, just like abortion.
If the Republican party wants a never-ending feud with parts of its base, it will continue to lose elections, and worse, will, with an already brewing opposition, create a third party. In fact, there are so many in the ranks of the party now that have that idea in the back of their minds, that as soon as there is a meaningful action on it, it will spread like wildfire.
Christianity is the basis on which Western Civilization is founded. The GOP is threatening to give up on Christianity and the rule of law to follow a path that has been blazed by the opposition. But in order for the opposition to win on their pathway, they must lie to the populace and treat them as a faceless mass. If the GOP, a party whose main principle is honoring the individual, wishes to use lies for political expedience, it has no existence apart from the left.
It occurred to me that all of the issues that the GOP is pushing the grassroots to accept, against principle, is exactly how the left is pushing for gun control. The shooter at Sandy Hook broke every law, so they are going to punish those who obey the law. The GOP will cease to exist if when they lose with a moderate non-ideologue, they attack the very principles that led to Lincoln and Reagan.
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