Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Let's not get too carried away over 80 GOPers

Republican Party (United States)
GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia, Jimmy LaSalvia's terrible wig and Ken Mehlman make it 83. Add in a few Log Cabin GOPers I suppose. Don't get me wrong; I appreciate every one of the Republicans who have reportedly agreed to sign an amicus brief to strike down Proposition 8. Their support could help to sway justices in the right direction. They are doing the right thing. My problem is with the Republican Party.

There are roughly 300 GOPers in Congress. Apparently, only two     Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and New York Congressman Richard Hanna     have signed on to this brief. That is pathetic. Where are all those so-called libertarians? Where are those strict constructionists who believe in the Establishment Clause?


I'll tell you where they are. They are hiding under their desk and some are hiding in the closet. They are afraid of a primary challenge from the right which means that they are more interested in their job than they are in equal protection under the law. They are quite adept at reciting National Organization for Marriage talking points. Yet, the aren't terribly concerned that those same talking points are merely tortured logic in order to put forward a secular argument for a religious objection.

The GOP remains Hezbollah     the party of God. 

Through the Tea Party, Christian conservatives own the Republican Party. They are uncompromising. These are the people who put forward candidates like Sharon Angel (who threatened "second amendment remedies) and Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell. Speaker of the House Boehner has made his position on marriage equality perfectly clear; He is opposed. This is not exactly an erudite constituency. Republicans are appealing to the lowest common denominator and they have been doing so for a very long time. 

They haven't been hurt enough yet.

Face it. Republicans still have control of the House of Representatives. Furthermore, they hold enough seats in the Senate to filibuster anything that they don't like. Unless and until they get a real drubbing at the polls they are going to continue in the same direction. They are going to be anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-science and soft on Creationism in public schools.

"GOProud is nothing more than a vanity enterprise."

Log Cabin Republicans have been around for over 35 years. As Barney Frank said, they claim to exist to change the Republican Party from within yet they never seem to do so. GOProud is nothing more than a vanity enterprise. They seem to be more interested in getting their names in print and having parties than actually accomplishing anything (notably, they have no position on marriage).  These are the people who paid Ann Coulter to insult them.

They have votes     not voters!

Voter turnout dipped from 62.3% of eligible citizens voting in 2008 to approximately 57.5% in 2012. Christian conservatives have been more effective at getting their voters to the polls. It's up to us. We can effect change by either swaying some of those 300 GOPers or eliminating them by getting our voters to the polls. We are supposed to lose seats in the 2014 mid-term election. We can defy conventional wisdom.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and New York Congressman Richard Hanna. - See more at: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-legal-analyst-smacks-down-cnns-hype-republicans-supporting-gay-marriage#sthash.3HVUrdSt.dpuf
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, and New York Congressman Richard Hanna. - See more at: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-legal-analyst-smacks-down-cnns-hype-republicans-supporting-gay-marriage#sthash.3HVUrdSt.dpuf
 
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