Does GOP Have a Future?
by Roger Hines
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April 07, 2013 12:00 AM | 1352 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If national Republicans continue to waver on the issue of homosexual marriage, I predict that by 2016 the Republican Party will be split, having driven away its most loyal conservative base. Split would probably mean dead.

Why? Specifically because of the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention whose first black president recently warned both the GOP and the Boy Scouts to go easy; because of the National Association of Evangelicals whose members will never support homosexual marriage, or candidates that defend it; because of the conservative Presbyterian Church of America; because of many Catholics who support traditional marriage; because of Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America and their strong following; and because of countless other religious denominations.

The original leaders of religious conservatives are dead, but Rick Santorum isn’t. Neither are Mike Huckabee, J.C. Watts, Bill Bennett or The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins. There is no shortage of religious conservative leaders like these who have had either executive or legislative experience. My sources tell me that these leaders and others like them are talking to each other.

The voting bloc I’ve listed above are people of faith who take their beliefs seriously. I do not speak for them, but I know them, having mixed with them, met many of their leaders, sent them money and read their books and articles. Believing in absolute truth, they are not into “evolving.” “Evolving” is the practice of elected officials. It is the same old thing as holding one’s hand in the air to see which way the political winds are blowing. “Evolving” actually means waiting for the wind to blow so that one can decide what he or she “believes.”

Commentator Charles Krauthammer recently pointed out that, like the Obama insurance mandate that required religious institutions to cover birth control, the re-defining of marriage amounts to an assault on religious freedom. It forces people to stand for their convictions and suffer government-imposed repercussions, or to compromise their convictions and lose their souls. To be placed in such an egregious spot is absolutely contrary to the letter and the spirit of the First Amendment. Ask Hobby Lobby.

Demolition Expert (formerly Architect) Karl Rove says he can imagine a Republican candidate in the next presidential campaign supporting homosexual marriage. Rove deems polls more reliable than elections. He is unfazed by the fact that more than 30 states, including California, have legally defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. He and national GOP chairman Reince Priebus are spooked by the thought of young voters going Democratic. Do they not know that the conservative megachurches across America are filled with youths and young couples who don’t believe in so called “marriage equality?” Obviously GOP pollsters are not ringing these young people at supper time, only young libertarians.

Within the last three weeks I have become a single-issue voter. In the past I have been critical of single-issue voters for not seeing the whole picture. No more. The traditional family is the whole picture. I now regret not appreciating the perspective of single-issue voters. Let us say that now my ox has been gored.

If in 2016 Republicans nominate a candidate who caves on the definition of marriage, I for one will not vote for that candidate. If there is also no third party candidate who will hold his or her ground on the matter, I will stay home.

A fiscal cliff is one thing, but a social cliff is another, and far more serious. A fiscal cliff, when it is truly occurs, leads to financial misfortune and hardship, but a social cliff rips the fabric of society. “Marriage equality” will do just that.

Legally sanctioned traditional marriage is thousands of years old. Yes, it is an arrangement, a social construct and a legal institution, but for millennia it has served the world well, providing for emotional, practical and societal needs. Even so, scaredy-cat Republicans, relying on phone call responses instead of bonafide elections, say America is changing and we must change with it. Such an argument is the plea of one who knows nothing about convictions and everything about expediency.

“Evolvers” refuse to accept that some things are just not equal. I wonder if our Evolver- in-Chief is ready for the cries that will pop up when bigamists and polygamists start demanding their equality. I’m betting he will “evolve” for them as well, transforming America all the more.

Roger Hines of Kennesaw is a retired high school teacher and former state legislator.

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