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Advice from a former Lonely College Republican to the latest Lonely College Republican.
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The real issue over abortion (and interestingly both science and technology have lent a hand to the pro-life cause, recording very live babies in the womb), well aside from the issue itself, is the fact that Roe v. Wade short-circuited the emerging abortion debate. The historical fact — not to mention the common sense fact — is that controversial issues, whatever they may be, need extensive public debate to sell themselves to the American public. From civil rights to gay marriage, from entering World War II to taking on Saddam Hussein, the only way to reach consensus is to let the American people discuss, debate, and vote.
Roe v. Wade, like the infamous Dred Scott decision in 1857 that tried to write slavery permanently into the Constitution, is an infamous example of judicial activism gone wild. And Americans have paid heavily for it ever since. The fact that abortion is still a subject of hot debate almost 40 years after the Court handed down its decision is a testament to what happens when judges try to shut people up. The very fact that so many states are out there successfully enacting pro-life laws gives the lie to the notion that abortion is somehow wildly and overwhelmingly popular. In fact, it is anything but.
Let’s use the gay marriage issue as an example. How favorably would your liberal classmates be toward the Supreme Court if it summarily ruled gay marriage was illegal forever? Instead of letting your classmates make the choice in voting for gay marriage in their individual states? Again, one suspects the feelings on abortion are situational. Through a roll of the judicial dice the Supreme Court ruled in abortion’s favor. But if it rules against gay marriage? Then what? My guess is that the pro-gay marriage folks will insist — exactly like the pro-lifers have — on having the right to vote on the issue. As well they should.
Lastly, your view of the Religious Right is, if I may, political suicide. The GOP was hardly “hijacked” by the “evangelical set.” They were invited in — by Ronald Reagan. They fled the Democrats whom they had supported historically and it was Reagan personally who saw to it that they came and broadened the conservative coalition. They did.
What you are proposing when you say “Republicans don’t have a future unless they break up with the Religious Right” flies in the face of facts. Republican victories have come about in part precisely because “the Religious Right” has been there. One does not build an inclusive conservative “Big Tent” by immediately reading evangelicals out of the tent.
And finally, as to Rush Limbaugh.
Thawing the icy attitude of our most vocal, radical voices — including the raucous right (a la Limbaugh) — could let a fatally fractured party put the pieces together again.
Icy attitude? Radical voice? Raucous? Rush Limbaugh?
I can’t think of a conservative with a more optimistic, welcoming attitude than Rush. You must be listening to the hyper-racial, anti-gay MSNBC. You know, the MSNBC that employs a host who calls gays “faggots” and blacks the n-word.
Yes, Sarah, that’s right. MSNBC employs a host whose gay bashing and race baiting has been caught on camera or on live mics, as documented right here.
How many of your liberal classmates watch and regurgitate this swill under the guise of “tolerance”?
Rush, on the other hand, is the guy whose famous gay friend Elton John sang at his wedding, a wedding presided over by a black minister. Rush, like Ronald Reagan before him, believes in a color-blind, gender-blind America that promotes the idea that we all should do well, regardless of color, gender, or sexual preference. He promotes these ideas relentlessly and yes entertainingly. He makes no bones about being on the radio to go after liberalism — the nation’s premiere racist (supporter over the centuries for slavery, segregation, lynching, the Klan and now racial quotas), gender and class warfare political philosophy. A philosophy which you ask, inexplicably, that conservatives imitate.
Sorry. No thanks.
Lastly, Sarah, I would refer you to someone who agreed with you. That would be Thomas E. Dewey, the liberal Republican Governor of New York from 1942-1954 and twice the losing Republican presidential nominee in 1944 (against FDR) and 1948 (against Truman).
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?