Recently, there was a little kerfluffle about the Log Cabin Republicans (LCRs) of Texas having a booth at the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) state convention, and being a coalition member. There are some who are up in arms that the request was “tabled” until a later date. Even a sitting Republican US Representative, Dan Crenshaw, published a letter stating his support of the LCR of Texas group. As always, it came down to the metaphor about the “Big Tent Theory,” you know, the tent has to be inclusive of everyone.
Well, that is fine, but what about the stakes that hold down the tent?
I was at the coalitions and auxiliaries meeting of the RPT a couple of weeks ago in Austin, Texas, to witness the presentation. It all comes down to the issue of the “planks” in the platform of the RPT — which specifically support traditional marriage between one man and one woman — and some other platform planks that do not support the LGBTQ agenda.
Of course, the usual labels flow, such as “intolerant.” However, can we just take a moment to assess the flip side and see how the same applies?
A few weeks ago, a young pro-life Democrat woman confronted presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and asked if there was a place for her in the Democrat Party. Well, Mayor Pete did not hesitate in responding that there was no place for her.
During the State of the Union Address, President Trump recognized a little two-year-old girl, healthy as all get out, who was born at 21 weeks. President Trump then went onto assert that he would seek to end the heinous practice of late-term murder of unborn babies. Yes, a baby in the womb has a heartbeat at 18 days.
So, why is it that no one ever questions the progressive socialist left about “tolerance?” Hmm, I guess to do so means having Antifa enact violence. A sure way to win people over to your ideological side.
As reported by CNS News:
“Democrat frontrunner, Bernie Sanders also has something to say about the Democrat Party stance on murdering unborn babies, “Being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Saturday, in the clearest repudiation yet by a major 2020 presidential candidate of voters who support the Democratic Party and hold pro-life views.
“Is there such a thing as a pro-life Democrat, in your vision of the party?” MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asked Sanders at a presidential forum in Concord, N.H. on Saturday focused on the federal judiciary.
“I think being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat,” replied Sanders, an independent from Vermont running for the Democratic nomination. Sanders allowed that he may be wrong on the numbers, but said he thinks that “in the Senate probably 95 percent of the Democrats are pro-choice – you have a few who are not,” In the House the percentage who hold those positions may even be greater, he added.
“So that’s kind of what my view is. I think by this time in history, I think when we talk about what a Democrat is, I think being pro-choice is essentially – is an essential part of that.”
Pro-Life Democrats of America hit back on Twitter: “Pretty rich for a political Independent to tell millions of Democrats we don’t qualify.” Reaction also came from Princeton University jurisprudence professor Robert George.
“Here’s Bernie Sanders officially excommunicating pro-life Democrats,” tweeted George, a former chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “So: if you’re pro-life you are unacceptable, unwanted, an intruder. Time to go elsewhere.”
So, where is the condemnation from the liberal progressive media? Of course, there is none, and there will not be, because Sanders is speaking the truth about the Democrat (socialist) Party. When they speak of bipartisanship, it still means acquiescing to their ideological demands, and they never mention such when they are in total majority. Such as it was in the first two years of the Obama presidency. It is all about rule, subjugation, subservience to their agenda.
Back to the “Big Tent Theory.” I have spent a few nights in a tent and can attest as to how important it is to have those stakes firmly planted into the ground. So it is with the platform planks, which are the tent stakes for the tent. If all of a sudden it starts with the premise that we don’t need to support strong, traditional families of one man and one woman, as the definition of marriage, then that tent stake gets pulled out.
Then you will have anti-gun Republicans, and they need to be included, so why have all this support of the Second Amendment stuff in the platform? Take those stakes out of the ground. Next, we will have pro-murder of unborn (and born) baby Republicans. They believe in free-market principles, it’s just fine…let them in.
Another tent stake gets pulled out…and the tent eventually collapses because there is no firm foundation. In the Middle East, they had a saying, “never allow the camel to get its nose under the tent…the rest of the body will follow.” Let me tell you, it ain’t fun being in a tent on a cold night, and the wind has found its way inside…or worse, a dust storm.
You do not build a house without laying the foundation first, and there are some very “essential” elements to constitutional conservatism that should not just be wished away. This is not about a popularity contest to make everyone happy. As my Mom taught me, “A man must stand for something, or else he will fall for anything.” When it comes to the traditional family, well, just look at what the progressive socialist left — the Democrats — have done to the black family.
Just for your edification, I support civil unions, but will not acquiesce to any ideological agenda that would undermine the traditional two-parent, man and woman, family.
I believe this leftist movement towards multiple genders is dangerous. I suppose if our Judeo-Christian Creator God was not smart enough to come up with man and woman, He is not omniscient enough to endow us with our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If you really pay attention to what Bernie Sanders is saying, he is attempting to supplant our Creator and therefore undermine His blessings to us as individual citizens as articulated in our Declaration of Independence.
The hypocrisy of the “Big Tent Theory” is quite clear. The left demands surrender and they are indeed intolerant of any and all dissenting views, perspectives, insights, and thoughts. Constitutional Conservatives believe in the fundamental foundation, principles, and values of a free society, and yes, a moral one. Individuals are welcome to make their own lifestyle choices, decisions, that is part of their pursuit of happiness. But no one should be forced to accept that which they do not believe.
Sadly, that was why a simple baker from Colorado, Jack Phillips, had to go before the Supreme Court because someone felt an ideological agenda was more important than his very first right, the freedom of religion, and the free exercise thereof. The left has turned their ideological agenda into their religion, and demand. much as King Henry VIIIth did, that all make themselves subject to it.
I will not. The last time I checked, the US Supreme Court does not have the enumerated power in our Constitution to make law.
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