That's right, folks. Bigots are no longer welcome in the Republican Party, but that further divides a party already in the midst of a Civil War. Want to know my take on this? There is no place for bigots in the GOP. Let the nutters and birfers have them. If they leave, I believe that the Republican Party will be better off without them, as the moderates are beginning to come home. Big tent, anyone?Early this year, a striking scene emerged from the Conservative Political Action Conference: A speaker was essentially booed offstage when he condemned CPAC for allowing gay Republican group GOProud to participate in the conference.
The incident - which occurred at perhaps the nation's premiere conservative gathering - suggested that, after decades of demonization, gays may have finally found a place in the GOP. Further evidence came when former Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman came out of the closet - and was subsequently widely embraced by establishment Republicans.
Away from Conservative principles? I call BS on that one. Conservatism is about personal freedom and responsibility, not about the Government having the power to dictate over ANY group. But don't take it from me. Take it from Ronald Reagan who, as he was about to run for President, personally got involved in Florida's Briggs initiative, backed by Anita Bryant, which had overturned an anti discrimination law there. His forceful intervention helped to get rid of the initiative. In the wake of Reagan's intervention, the Log Cabin Republicans were formed, and became part of Reagan's Big Tent.Yet opposition remains to homosexuality remain strong among some conservatives. This week, two socially conservative groups, the Family Research Council and Concerned Women of America, announced that they are opting out of next year's CPAC because GOProud had been invited. The Family Research Council's Tom McClusky told far-right news website WorldNetDaily that part of the reason for the decision was CPAC's "movement away from conservative principles," as evidenced by the inclusion of GOProud.
Here is a link to the web site of the Log Cabin Republicans.
May the Republican Party once again be the party of Ronald Reagan and his big tent, and may the bigots, birfers, and other nutters leave and never come back. They are not needed, nor are they wanted. Let them join the Skinheads, the KKK, or the Neo-Nazi party, which is where they belong.
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