In this Corner article, Andrew Stuttaford says regarding sanctity of marriage, “but to believe that it will be a vote winner for much longer, well . . .”
I think that is wrong-headed. Conservatives shouldn’t “choose” issues to attract voters. Conservatives (and hopefully, Republicans) shouldn’t be like liberals/Democrats, i.e., trying to buy single-issues with campaign promises.
In fact, I don’t think Conservatives and the Republican Party should seek out anything, or hammer out anything, or choose anything.
Now is the time for Conservatives to work hard to come to agreement on issues. There’s really no such thing as a Pro-Life Democrat, right? So why do we have Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Republicans? Let’s discuss it. Let’s have it out. We supposedly champion Free Markets in general and the Free Market of Ideas in specific…so, well, let’s let the Free Market of Ideas work. Drop the emotionalism and hammer out exactly what Conservatives think about abortion, homosexual marriage, taxes, earmarks, immigration, race preferences, vouchers, etc.
We don’t need to enforce party discipline, nor do we need to embrace RINOs for some quixotic quest for power. We aren’t supposed to be about power, we’re supposed to be about being right and being persuasive. Stop triangulating, start persuading.
I have excellent reasons for believing that homosexuality is a choice. I have excellent reasons for believing that abortion should be between that person and God (or their conscience, for atheists).
Here’s a sample of the latter:
It is killing, but of a different sort. That’s one of the reasons why I favor RU-486, because from start to finish, it is on the woman who wants to abort, it doesn’t involve a doctor, or force interns to learn how to give abortions. The liberals are right that we shouldn’t be judging or forcing a woman to face circumstances she refuses to face. The consequences on her soul, her emotional state, her being are hers alone.
I have reasons for opposing gay marriage completely separate from the stupid strawman trotted out by social liberals of, “gay marriage doesn’t affect my marriage” and other such nonsense. This is a discussion Conservatives/Republicans need to be having. And at some point one side will be convinced. Of they aren’t, then the minorty view can split off. Or if Republicans are permanently marginalized by being anti-abortion (which I don’t think they would be), they can de-emphasize it as an issue.
We can be big tent, in that we should develop our core values through debate, and any who consider those core values important is welcome to join in. But you change your agenda to fit the Conservative agenda, not the other way around. That’s how we lost power, I think: too many people joined the Conservative movement and tried to erode it from within, with nice little things like no longer caring about fiscal responsibility in Congress, which is one of the most central of our core beliefs. Betray that (and many did), and you have no point in calling yourself a Conservative, no?
So let’s have that debate, and not let moderates or extremists assume they have any lock on any part of the platform.
Let’s have it out.