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Conservative Gay Group "GOProud" Trying to Dictate Policy

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A group that had nothing to do with bringing the Republicans to power suddenly wants to dictate what the party does with it. GOProud, an aggressive pro-homosexual organization that desperately wants to be

taken seriously by conservatives, is trying to force its way into the movement by persuading a small handful of tea partiers to sign on to a social truce for the 112th Congress. In a letter to Republican leaders, signed by a mixed bag of small town bloggers, radio hosts, and a few tea party organizers, GOProud claims, "This election was not a mandate for the Republican Party, nor was it a mandate to act on any social issues. Already there are Washington insiders and special interest groups that hope to co-opt the Tea Party's message and use it to push their own agenda--particularly as it relates to social issues."

Politico jumped on the story yesterday and interviewed some of the signatories, including Ralph King of the Tea Party Patriots. "When they were out in the Boston Harbor," he said, "they weren't arguing about who was gay or who was having an abortion." Is that so? Well, they weren't in the Harbor debating social security, Medicaid, the Federal Reserve, or earmarks either. Not to mention that in 1773, there probably wasn't a single person in the country who would have said homosexual conduct or abortion should be protected rights. If Ralph King--or GOProud for that matter--knew anything about the roots of the movement they claim to be a part of, they'd realize that the first tea party was fathered by one of the most socially conservative Christian members of the time: Samuel Adams. It may have been 237 years since Adams, but the tea party still values the same things. According to the latest data, an overwhelming number of Tea Partiers (almost two-thirds) believe abortion should be outlawed. About half believe in the Bible as the literal word of God, and most think that public officials don't pay nearly enough attention to it or religion as a whole. According to Zogby data, 82% of them oppose same-sex "marriage." If anyone's doing the co-opting, it's GOProud--whose "social truce" isn't a truce at all. If Republicans stand down on social issues, it's in this group's interest! GOProud is the one actively fighting for same-sex "marriage," homosexuals in the military, and gay "rights." Essentially they're saying, "We'll keep marching our priorities forward and you" (meaning conservatives) "stand down."

I say, no way! For starters, that won't fly with the broader Tea Party movement which is solidly in the social conservative camp (see DeMint, Jim). Secondly, it's a losing strategy for America. We need to shrink the size of government, but America needs strong families. Those families--not GOProud's phony substitutes--are the backbone of society. Think about the welfare costs associated with the breakdown of social order. Think about the cost in terms of crime and the criminal justice system. What about the loss of human potential? Do these folks really think we can just eliminate those government expenditures overnight? What this crowd is advocating will lead to anarchy, which, ironically, would provide GOProud and friends a perfect environment for their lifestyle.

group that had nothing to do with bringing the Republicans to power suddenly wants to dictate what the party does with it. GOProud, an aggressive pro-homosexual organization that desperately wants to be taken seriously by conservatives, is trying to force its way into the movement by persuading a small handful of tea partiers to sign on to a social truce for the 112th Congress. In a letter to Republican leaders, signed by a mixed bag of small town bloggers, radio hosts, and a few tea party organizers, GOProud claims, "This election was not a mandate for the Republican Party, nor was it a mandate to act on any social issues. Already there are Washington insiders and special interest groups that hope to co-opt the Tea Party's message and use it to push their own agenda--particularly as it relates to social issues."

Politico jumped on the story yesterday and interviewed some of the signatories, including Ralph King of the Tea Party Patriots. "When they were out in the Boston Harbor," he said, "they weren't arguing about who was gay or who was having an abortion." Is that so? Well, they weren't in the Harbor debating social security, Medicaid, the Federal Reserve, or earmarks either. Not to mention that in 1773, there probably wasn't a single person in the country who would have said homosexual conduct or abortion should be protected rights. If Ralph King--or GOProud for that matter--knew anything about the roots of the movement they claim to be a part of, they'd realize that the first tea party was fathered by one of the most socially conservative Christian members of the time: Samuel Adams. It may have been 237 years since Adams, but the tea party still values the same things. According to the latest data, an overwhelming number of Tea Partiers (almost two-thirds) believe abortion should be outlawed. About half believe in the Bible as the literal word of God, and most think that public officials don't pay nearly enough attention to it or religion as a whole. According to Zogby data, 82% of them oppose same-sex "marriage." If anyone's doing the co-opting, it's GOProud--whose "social truce" isn't a truce at all. If Republicans stand down on social issues, it's in this group's interest! GOProud is the one actively fighting for same-sex "marriage," homosexuals in the military, and gay "rights." Essentially they're saying, "We'll keep marching our priorities forward and you" (meaning conservatives) "stand down."

I say, no way! For starters, that won't fly with the broader Tea Party movement which is solidly in the social conservative camp (see DeMint, Jim). Secondly, it's a losing strategy for America. We need to shrink the size of government, but America needs strong families. Those families--not GOProud's phony substitutes--are the backbone of society. Think about the welfare costs associated with the breakdown of social order. Think about the cost in terms of crime and the criminal justice system. What about the loss of human potential? Do these folks really think we can just eliminate those government expenditures overnight? What this crowd is advocating will lead to anarchy, which, ironically, would provide GOProud and friends a perfect environment for their lifestyle.