Saturday, January 1, 2011

Conservative? Or Some Other Litmus Test

Fuzzy did a great job of saying what I wanted to say and I'm going to add to it.

What do we, as Conservatives want to be?  Is our litmus test an as-written view of the Constitution and fiscal responsibility?  Or are we going to split ourselves along the lines of abortion (which I abhor), gender, race religion and sexual orientation?

This comes about because of the withdrawal of certain groups from GoPAC because of the participation of GOProud.  The argument was made to me today that their participation is an embracing of the "Gay Agenda".  I argue it is no...such...thing.

Participation in Conservatism should not, must not be limited to those whose lifestyle fits our own view of what it should be.  We cannot survive without being a "Big Tent".  The only litmus test must be based on the Constitution and on fiscal responsibility.  There are many things on which Conservatives disagree regarding their personal lives.  Will we barr Conservatives who have had extramarital affairs?  What about fornicators?  What about those who are not Christian?

I say to those who cannot accept others because of disagreements not related to the two basic requirements above, "Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.  We are stronger with them than with you."


Just a conservative girl said...

Yes, that got a little too heated today. But, people views are their views.

We need to stay concentrated on what is the most important right now, and that is the out of control spending and the expansion of the federal government.

Teresa said...

I believe that everyone has a right to their views so including those in GoPAC is fine but please don't force or request others to sideline or abandon their views just to please those in GoPAC or others' views. We can respect one another while disagreeing at the same time.

Deekaman said...

teresa: Exactly

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Thanks for the linkage :)

I'm rather concerned about this "straight line" conservativism; it's the exact kind that the left takes such pleasure in painting as racist, homophobic, close-minded, etc. If there is no room for anyone but lily-white, heterosexual, pro-life, anti-civil union religious types . . . well, that's a pretty small tent. Actually, just about the same number that the sprogs make up (about 20%). Conservativism better find room for all conservatives, or they're going to be out in the cold. Along with the sprogs.