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Monday, March 25, 2013

A View On Gay Marriage That Defines The Future Of The GOP

Here's the Nonsense:  The times are changing and it can no longer be denied that gay marriage will become law.  It's time for the conservatives to move into the 21st century.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Supporters of gay marriage are criticizing conservatives who still disagree with it as being out of touch with modern times.  They criticize because they just don't get it.

The battle about legalization of gay marriage continues with many in the GOP moving to the left and supporting it.  Many of these self-proclaimed conservatives (note that I didn't say they are conservative) criticize others along with the left saying they are behind the times.  They just don't understand the basis for the opposing viewpoint.

Watching this debate go back and forth with no sense of objective reporting has been nothing short of annoying.  Reports are that in France over the weekend that a rally was held against legalization of gay marriage in that country.  The media reported 300,000 people showed up.  The supporters of the rally reported 1.2 million showed up.  Sounds a lot like what happens in America when conservatives hold any kind of event.  But let's assume the lower number of 300,000 is right.  That's a lot of people, especially in a country of 65 million people.  The equivalent number in America would be almost 1.5 million people.  

That's a huge portion of the populace to come out to express disagreement with their government.  And it's not the first time on this issue.  (Hmmm… I thought France was supposed to be so "enlightened" and, according to the left, we were supposed to try to be more like them.)  The point is that this is not a settled issue in most of the world, even the parts of the world that the left see as role models for the rest of us.

But through all this back and forth there is no communication because the side that supports gay marriage won't even try to understand the position of those who are against it.  I've been waiting for someone to clearly and succinctly state the position for some time.  Today I was surprised to finally hear someone say it quite well.  And it was said well because the point that was made goes far beyond just gay marriage.

It was former governor Mike Huckabee in an interview with Newsmax: “The mistake is that we sometimes base our public policy decisions on how we feel, how we think, maybe even some personal experiences, and we don’t regard a lot of these issues from the standpoint of an objective standard."

If that wasn't clear enough, he went on to say:  “Let me explain what I mean by that. If we have subjective standards, that means that we’re willing to move our standards based on the prevailing whims of culture. Politicians have an obligation to be thermostats, not just thermometers. They’re not simply to reflect the temperature of the room, or the culture, as it were. They’re to set the standards for law, for what’s right, for what’s wrong, understanding that not everybody’s going to agree with it."

That stated in a pretty clear and simple way.  On this issue Huckabee is clearly a true conservative and expresses it well.  Conservatives believe in standards.  They believe there is an ultimate right and wrong and that viewpoints on those issues don't change with the popular culture.

It's just like when people tell a religious person that their doctrine needs to change to become current with the times.  A religion's doctrine is what that religion believes is ultimate right and wrong.  It does not and cannot change.  The religion believes that it comes from God and cannot be changed by man.  God determines right and wrong, man does not and cannot.

But people on the opposing side cannot understand that.  They believe that the situation determines what is right and wrong.  And they believe that what is right for one person may be wrong for another.  But a religion cannot compromise because by doing so it is saying that God is willing to change what is right and what is wrong.

The increase in the belief in situation ethics shows how far the progressive mindset is spreading in society.  It is unhealthy and will ultimately lead to the demise of society.  But the progressive mindset (which is also alive and well in much of the GOP, too) is such that they cannot understand someone who would not agree with them.  

They believe it is unkind to disagree with them.  Their political correctness hinders them from seeing the world as being a place where there is an ultimate right and wrong.  They will criticize and condemn anyone who disagrees with them.

That mindset is destroying America.  We probably have passed the point of no return in the failure of our values.  Few people will stand on principle when others around them are giving in.  That is what is happening to the GOP and happened long ago to the Democrat Party.  

Societies, nations, and empires fail when they no longer have a core set of values that is unchanging.  When they cannot see that there is an ultimate right and wrong, they will compromise and eventually they will fail.  And those values always come from religion and a willingness to submit to it as the ultimate judge of good and evil.

The GOP has shown that they will give up the values that they were founded upon. This will ultimately cause many to leave the party as they come to accept that their party has failed them.  As that happens not only will they continue to lose elections, they will lose their party and unless another party that stands for traditional values replaces them and is embraced by the American people, the end of America will be upon us.

Pat Buchanan says it well of the GOP in his latest column:  "When the obituary of the party is written, the subhead will likely read "Dead of Self-inflicted Wounds."