I’ve been in complete denial. Some part of me, the bizarre optimist part that I try to starve and squelch, has always told me that much as I hate the far left, they are right about one thing: the conservative movement, the one and only thing that will save our Republic, is threatened, not from without but from within. This makes me more sad, more heartbroken, than I can fully express.
Er, Happy New Year!?
The social conservatives are just determined to undermine any steps that we must, simply must, take to preserve, even save, our union. I’m not conservative enough. I know this. I love gay people, I love black people, I love poor people, I love Asians, Latinos, heck, you name it, I’m all about loving them. And while I’m not gay, I’ve certainly had more than my “fair share” of interracial relationships. And you know what I learned? Americans, mostly, don’t care about that anymore . A white chick with an Asian? With a black guy? Whatever. Oh sure, it’s easy to think that people are staring because you’re an interracial couple, but it’s more often that you’re hot. Or that he is. Or that you’ve put your shirt on inside out. Or that you’re freakishly tall (this happened when I was dating a white guy who was 6’7″–got far more stares and those weird mumblings than I did when dating any “minority”).
So there’s an uproar about two conservative groups pulling out of CPAC because of GOProud. You know what I say to that? Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Buh-bye. I would rather have one Chris Barron by my side than ten of you. And here’s precisely, exactly why: Chris Barron represents conservative values in a way that is affirming and positive, in a way that makes me proud of conservatism. WE don’t define people by their sexual orientation, WE don’t define people solely and only by any single factor of their humanity. Barron talks about policy that affects us all: jobs, taxation, the role of government. He talks about conservatism as a practical means of opening doors for all Americans. He talks about conservatism as I understand and defend it. He’s a freaking patriot, and until he decides to work to subvert our Constitution and our liberty (which is never), I support him. And I support GOProud.
I don’t want there to be a “civil war” in the conservative movement. But if there is going to be one, I stand firmly, whole-heartedly with American patriots who wish to fight for, to protect, and to preserve our great nation. If this makes me a pariah, so be it. But I want no part, no part, of any movement that does not include gay conservatives. These men and women are God’s bounty, without them, we are less than, we are smaller, we are diminished.
Turn on our gay brethren at your own risk. I am not alone in supporting them, of this I can assure you.