Ugh, reading this smug article and the smug comments section was almost too much to bear. You know the real reason the Left has been winning elections? The Left doesn’t throw their own under the bus for being “too liberal.” Liberals like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid say ridiculous things on almost a daily basis but you don’t see liberals in the media mocking them and marginalizing them. In fact, they are heroes to the Left. You may not agree with the way Palin presents the conservative message but it obviously connects with a good chunk of the base. Is the GOP and conservatism in general in such good shape that people in the establishment media like The American Conservative and NRO and GOP leadership should be mocking and pushing a good portion of the votership away in order to make yourselves look good to people who will never vote Republican anyway? I’d say the answer is probably “no.”
A little background:
Today the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision of 5-4 against certain provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act that were deemed unconstitutional by keeping certain legal rights from same sex couples in States where gay marriage is legal. Along with that California’s Proposition 8 referendum was vacated 5-4 due to the Defense of Marriage Act ruling making gay marriage legal there.
It is a conflicting day for me as a conservative. On one hand the small government side of me does not see anything wrong with same sex couples being able to have full legal rights in States where civil unions and gay marriage is already allowed. On the other hand even disregarding that as a Christian homosexuality is a sin, marriage is a religious and societal construct that signifies a commitment of love between a man and a woman to be male and female role models for their children. Today’s decision also opens the door for other alternative marriage such as polygamy which is already gaining momentum in certain areas. It isn’t a road that most of us ever thought would come to pass.
Overall though, today’s decision does little to change what has already been decided in certain States although it will certainly lead to a push for more same sex marriage laws. Another troubling side effect of today’s decision is that in the case of Prop 8 the Supreme Court has gutted the referendum process that gave citizens a process in which to reprimand their elected officials against what they think is bad legislation. So basically now citizens have completely lost power in the government until election time. All they can do now is fight, albeit without any real legal power, against activist judges and politicians while hoping those they elected stand up for them.
Now This Is A Politician. Cruz 2016.
These past few months have been an eye-opener for me as a conservative. I have both supported an establishment Republican for President who at first I was steadfastly against and later on lost faith in people I once trusted to be conservative. If you are an actual conservative then your choices in leadership are dwindling fast.
Senator Marco Rubio told reporters today that he thinks the politics of immigration reform are ‘overrated'(http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/25/rubio-politics-of-immigration-reform-is-overrated/). That is kind of funny since he was elected with Tea Party support yet seems to be going against them by supporting a bill that will grant amnesty to roughly 12 million Democrat voters if not more in the long run. On the bill he joins reliably weak-willed RINOs like John McCain and Lindsey Graham along with other disappointing allies like Kelly Ayotte and Bob Corker in essentially destroying the party.
This coupled with usually dependable Michelle Bachmann calling NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden a ‘traitor’ for essentially exposing the government to the American people. This one is especially puzzling since Bachmann’s Tea Party roots were essentially a big “F-ck You” to the establishment government that steps on the civil liberties that Snowden sought to protect. Supporting an authoritarian regime over a citizen seemingly trying to do the right thing(although I admit his methods were questionable at best) is something I thought I would never see her do.
There are still some good ones though such as Tea Partiers Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Justin Amash and Mike Kelley. Rand Paul launched a high profile filibuster this year that united both Democrats and Republicans alike against the Obama regime’s drone policy. Ted Cruz stalwartly defended the 2nd Amendment against gun grabber Diane Feinstein and has vowed to issue amendments to the immigration bill that will expose the hypocrisy of the left on immigration reform. However, these people are considered outcasts in the GOP with the ever-relevant John McCain labeling them “wacko birds” in a HuffPo interview earlier this year. Sadly, the Tea Party are considered the radical, fringe exception to the establishment rule in the GOP.
My call on conservatives in the coming months and years is to take notes whether mentally or on paper on who is supporting anti-conservative bills and policies such as this Gang of 8 immigration bill. Also, take notes of interviews with these politicians and see who is calling whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden traitors while claiming to be conservative.
I know a lot of conservatives who want us all to just go along to get along with other Republicans so we can stand together against the left but what are we really standing against if our own are supporting the same progressive policies that the left are like this immigration bill? The way I see it is in order to have a chance to defeat progressivism we have to weed out our own progressive snakes or we will still be slaves to this authoritarian government no matter which party is in charge.
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.