Monday, October 10, 2005

Has the republican party become so win-obsessed that they have lost their message? Every election season in Virginia, hundreds of political activists or volunteers spend hours campaigning for the candidates they believe will try to make a change. Once they are elected however, the officials either water themselves down to get re-elected or water themselves down to use their seat as a stepping stone for higher office. When these officials are up for re-election, the newly watered down, consultant-produced candidate rally around one particular issue they know the conservative base will turn out for. Even though liberals are nuts, they deserve credit (especially in northern virginia) for producing results for their base. I am a conservative before I am a republican. I am part of the conservative base that would turn out to vote in a hurricane for a candidate that I believed would actually do their job. Unfortunately for people like myself, there are no candidates that inspire this loyalty. The whole anti-gay marriage rally cry is a joke and is lost on me because I know that it is hypocritical for us to forbid a group of people to get married when most of us, including the leadership of our party, cant even hold together our own marriages.


At 10/11/2005 01:27:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

There's a lot here with which I can agree, but I fail to understand why it is that some squishes fail to understand that the radical homosexual agenda isn't about TOLERANCE, it's about forcing Americans to ACCEPT perversion. That is what so-called gay "marriage" is about. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman; it's not "any two or more people and/or animals who happen to love one another," though that's what radical homo activists want us to accept.

Good God! One would think that your respect for simple language would guarantee your opposition to homo "marriage."

At 10/11/2005 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

Personally, I have had a difficult time with this issue and haven't completely decided exactly where I stand on it. Having said that, I do believe that persuing a Constitutional amendment on this issue is wrong and a complete waste of time. We have so many problems that need focus and attention and we're spending time and tax dollars of this? How about we focus on reducing government spending and fixing the problems caused by our current train-wreck (administration) in Washington? I'm much more concerned about the "perversion" of the Republican party than I am about the whole gay marriage issue.

At 10/11/2005 09:58:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

Well, Mitch, there's certainly something to be said for limiting your scope of action. All of us have limited attention spans.

That having been said, it wasn't the GOP that made this a political issue; it was the GOP that was made to answer the radicalism of those pursuing the homosexual agenda. It is hardly inappropriate when the GOP responds to societal nihilists.

Would I prefer that we not clutter up the Constitution on this issue? Certainly. However, I would also prefer that otherwise serious people not waste their time giving credibility to those who aren't serious people and aren't making serious arguments.

At 10/11/2005 05:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like guns, the death penalty, and abortion, this is a "drum up the base issue" that ultimately means nothing. The basic status quo on all these issues has been well established and isn't going anywhere.

At 10/11/2005 10:03:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Well, Anon 5:00, abandon or ignore that base, and you lose. Ask George H.W. Bush.


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