‘Social conservatism is… inherent in who we are.’
Republican leadership is repeatedly told by the Socialist-Democrats, “Don’t get mired in ‘social issues’ unless you want to alienate voters and lose elections.”
Just as the Left’s ridiculous suggestions to “pander to minorities” and to “moderate to win independent voters,” this advice is meant to steer Republicans away from election victories. (Of course, the GOP leadership listens and believes; unaware the Socialist-Democrats invented social issue controversy.)
To believe the Socialist-Democrats’ advice concerning social issues is not only foolish, it’s dangerous. Why would a political party self-destruct, abandoning the very foundations and core principles that have kept it viable, by not defending traditional American culture, faith and values?
Deviously activist courts, corporatist interests, and aggressive donor groups, that think nothing of catering to cultural fads at the expense of ordered liberty, continue to press the progressive, radical agenda. They find little resistance from those who should be defenders of Founding Principles.
Yet the RNC and Congressional GOP leadership continue to balk at becoming more aggressive concerning social conservatism. They nibble around the edges.
Jeffrey Bell, in his 2012 book, The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism, makes the case for protecting our nation’s foundations. “Social conservatism is not here by accident. It’s inherent in who we are, and if we lose it, if we abdicate this argument, we’re not going to be the United States of America anymore.”
His analysis is totally accurate. Social conservatism embodies essential Americanism, composes our social fabric: the Bill of Rights, particularly the First Amendment.
Sadly, our rights guaranteed therein have been under a calculated attack from the Left in the guise of “homosexual rights” and its subsets “sexual orientation’ and “gender identity” (SO/GI). Actually an assault on organized religion, faith in general, it is conducted on all levels – federal, state and, increasingly, local. It denies the primacy of individual rights, making those subservient to group “rights.”
Religious freedom is pushed to the side; people of faith are told to honor the desires of the “special” groups… or else. You will be made to comply with the wishes of those who do not believe as you do and the penalties, we have seen, are serious.
In the case of “additional” rights, for sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other perceived “special need,” the Constitution leaves responsibility for acceptance or denial of these entirely up to the states.
These new concepts, created recently, are not “rights.” Rights preexisted the founding of our nation so these new creations should be identified as privileges, to favor a specific class of individual.
However, “classes” have no place within our system of government. The plan of our nation purposefully avoided the idea of “special privileges” for select groups. We are a people that created a nation founded on individual liberty, not group opportunities for special treatment.
Our Constitution’s First Amendment religious liberty clause protects our beliefs; the free exercise of faith sacrosanct. One cannot be forced to accept, nor abide by in practice, habits or customs that conflict with one’s religious beliefs. And the federal government and most states are powerless to dictate changes, unable by law to subtract or modify what we were given by our Creator. Social conservatism defines who we are, what we’ve been given, what we defend.
Progressive ideologies are never chosen freely by those of faith; these are always imposed – by deceit, theft or force – as we see in the SO/GI attempts across the states.
Each of us has a choice to make, as free individuals. If you believe in religious liberty, stand for your Constitution and your faith. There are forces that wish to take both.