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5 May, 2009

Open Letter to the Republican Party

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 16:24

The Sensuous Curmudgeon has posted a thoughtful letter with which I largely agree. It’s worth reading the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt:

My fellow Republicans:

As our party is going though a much-needed period of introspection, please consider that there was a time when this party stood for the Constitution, the rule of law, national defense, free enterprise, limited government, low taxes, balanced budgets, and individual rights. We still honor those principles; but those who now govern have no concern for or even understanding of such matters.

While the other party has been winning elections and undermining everything we have traditionally valued, what issues dominate our political discourse? Our party has been talking about sex and religion.

When we say “sex,” we mean topics like abstinence, promiscuity, homosexuality, pre-marital relations, contraception, sodomy, nudity, pornography, masturbation, same-sex marriage, sex education, abortion, and morning-after pills. Does that list sound familiar? It should, because those are the issues that too often dominate your campaigns.

Except for late-term abortion, where the other party has an extreme position that could be exploited (except that it’s lost in a sea of other sex-related issues), there is absolutely no reason to discuss such matters as part of our party’s policies. The Constitution doesn’t give the federal government any authority over those issues. If they need to be addressed, it should be done only at the state level.

When we speak of religion, we mostly mean the current movement to insert religious doctrines into public school science classes, especially creationism and its love-child, intelligent design. It seems to us that this is a latter-day substitute for prayer in public schools, which is essentially a dead issue these days, but still a hot-button item. There are other religious issues, like objections to certain areas of biological research.

I think, parenthetically, that the case can be made that same-sex marriage is not a “sex” issue. But her larger point is very well taken. If the Republicans’ lunatic fringe creationist, bible-thumpers take over the party will be marginalized. It’s time to focus on what the real core values of conservatism are: “the Constitution, the rule of law, national defense, free enterprise, limited government, low taxes, balanced budgets, and individual rights.”

I suspect that those who like their so-called social conservative issues would be more comfortable in a country governed by those principles than the country we’re heading for.


Here’s a prime example of what I’m talking about. Note how when Ol’ Tingle Leg asks Pence a direct question about evolution, he squirms and evades and absolutely refuses to answer the question. Now he may be smart and honest enough to recognize evolution as the fact that it is, but he’s obviously pandering to the lunatic fringe of his party. This kind of embarassing performance is no way to govern, and no way to win elections.

NB: Matthews in no way “destroys” Pence. Pence does that to himself.

Another Update:

But let’s not listen to Colin Powell either, OK?

The party must realize that the country has changed, he said. “Americans do want to pay taxes for services,” he said. “Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less.”



  1. Obama would have a hard time getting around all those statements against same sex marriage. Dems don’t want to touch this issue anymore than they have to.

    Comment by educlaytion — 5 May, 2009 @ 17:11

  2. This letter also presents a compelling argument as to why the Republican party is dead in it’s tracks.

    Removing the specter of religious “morality” from the GOP is not only impossible, it’s folly to try.

    And don’t assume that I’m suggesting the Dems watered down “moralizing” is any better. If they are not worse, they are at least the same.

    I say it’s time to jump ship free thinkers! The waters nice in here!

    Comment by Bob — 6 May, 2009 @ 7:20

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