Friday, July 02, 2004
is on a tear about the religious right again. Maybe it's because I grew up Southern Baptist, but none of this is news to me. Perhaps it's news in Rhode Island, but none of this comes as a surprise. I had heard of the I Vote Values
campaign after my father attended the Southern Baptist Convention. Sullivan, of course, is quick to bemoan the campaign's opposition to homosexuality. Now I understand where Sullivan is coming from, what with being a homosexual, but is he surprised? Evangelicals have believed this since their inception; it isn't news to any informed person.
Sullivan gets one thing wrong, however. When citing a passage wherein the Southern Baptists
(as though we're a tribe of nomads) speak ill of homosexuality, he's actually quoting from a link on D. James Kennedy's Reclaim America
program. Sullivan is off the mark. The link is external, and Kennedy is not a Southern Baptist.
Personally, I'm not sure what I think of the I Vote Values campaign. On the whole I agree, but I would probably nitpick a few issues. That said, I'll quickly defend the campaign against Sullivan's ranting. Being that he is a socially moderate homosexual, I understand why he would have disagreements with the campaign. What I find disingenuous is his surprise; some evangelical opposition gay marriage may be strong on rhetoric, but Lord knows it's nothing new.
Thursday, July 01, 2004
is predicting Republican civil war. Whether this election is won or lost by the GOP, he claims there will be strife. I think he's on to something. Naturally he's concerned with the social right, but I think any discontent on that point is simply a break between those who feel passionately about gay marriage, with others in the GOP taking a more ambivalent, "we've got bigger fish to fry" attitude. On the economy and the war on terror, it's time for the true conservatives to start playing hardball. I'm not talking about cheap Coulter-like rhetoric that paints every moderate as a Communist or appeaser. I'm talking about a concerted effort to demonstrate the necessity of a vicious war against terror and a return to small government.
That should mean, as National Review demonstrated, outing men like Arlen Specter as slaves to big government and weak on defense. If a realignment is to come, and rest assured it is, the conservative wing of the party should fight tooth and nail to ensure that the GOP solidly establishes itself as the party of Reagan; strong on defense, strong on tax cuts and small government. I don't suggest that the GOP abandon a social conservatism, but at a time when the nation is threaten by Islamic fundamentalism and a small but growing anti-free trade, pro-welfare agenda, free markets and free peoples must remain at the top of the list of party positions.