We the People… Said No

Eighty Republicans have thrown their lot in with the liberals in signing on to an amicus brief sent to the Supreme Court in preparation for SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage this coming June. In trying to claim the conservative high-ground they have thrown another log on conservatism’s funeral pyre. Hate to break it to them, in essentially encouraging SCOTUS to legislate from the bench, they are saying that they do not care about conservative principles. According to Nicole Wallace, in an interview with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, had some interesting and slightly disturbing things to say on how supporting gay marriage is the “truly conservative” standpoint, including the idea that the Constitution is an ever evolving document, citing such examples as women’s suffrage and civil rights.

Hmm…Things that make me go hmm. So, Ms. Wallace, you claim you and your cohorts are true conservatives when you say you support using judicial activism to overturn a valid vote in accordance with the laws and constitution of the state of California, stripping the states of yet more of their power, as has been the trend over the last seventy years? You say you all are truly conservatism when you support the destruction of traditional marriage, a cornerstone Western Civilization, and overwriting the concept of heterosexual marriage, a cornerstone of civilization in general? You are truly more conservative than the rest of us using the moniker because you want to give the SCOTUS stamp of approval on sexual deviancy, so long as the “two people love each other”? Just how dumb to do you think we are?

Okay, first off, family is not defined as “two people loving each other.” “Partner A” and “Partner B” does not necessarily add up to nor wholly fulfill the functions of husband and wife. In November 2012 a group of French psychologists, psychiatrists, child psychiatrists, doctors, philosophers and psychoanalysts from L’Institut de France authored a short article against gay marriage. In early February, there was an enormous march in Paris against gay adoption, championing gendered parenting and sex-based gender roles in the family. Even French gays joined in, with funding and representation from Plus Gay Sans Marriage, a gay activist group in France. French gays agreed! So yes, while children have a much better chance of success in life when they come from a stable family, the conservative definition of family is probably not “two people who love each other.” Furthermore, the jury is still out as to a child’s chances coming from same-sex households. Seriously, if even the French, the politically and morally diverse French, gay and straight alike can march on Paris in the name of heterosexual families, why can’t we as Americans figure this out?

This is the continuation of the liberalization of the Republican Party. They think to win by trying to out-liberal the left. News flash, it won’t work. Every time the Republicans start trying to mimic the left, they end up looking like a cheap knock off. Now, for the shoppers out there, would you buy the cheap knock off when the real deal is always half-priced? Furthermore, conservatives support traditional values for a reason, not just to be tightfisted and mean. Through time immemorial, the degradation of society comes when we turn away from God and morals. There are the oft-cited Greece and Rome, but there are also the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The Jews stopped doing as God commanded them, rejected their laws, customs and morals in the name of greed, pleasure and power and slid into such a state that ultimately they were conquered, first Israel by Assyria, then Judah by Babylon. Whether by God’s selective hand or just the cause and effect nature of consequences, Israel and Judah fell. We can dispute the divine elements at a different time, but all have a common theme: the normalization and acceptance of deviancy. People ask why morality matters: well, it matters because at the end of the day, if you pursue pleasure to its extremes, you stop doing things necessary for survival and prosperity. Gay marriage, sexual deviancy and drug legalization, are all facets of the push for Republicans to embrace the moral relativism of the left in order to seem electable- a maneuver that will ultimately fail. All it will do is alienate the base and it will not attract liberals away from the Democrats (they have better hash brownies). This is purely for these Republicans’ personal gain. They think selling the rest of us out will keep them in office for the sake of the privileges and power of being in office. Thirty pieces of silver, anyone?

On a political science point, how can you be conservative when you are taking power out of the hands of “we the people” and handing it over to a borderline-oligarchy in Washington DC? California voted, repeatedly, on gay marriage and said no. What does DC really know about California? As a Californian transplanted in DC, I can tell you in my experience it is very little. What happened to states deciding for themselves? Does the Tenth Amendment ring any liberty bells? And on the examples of women’s suffrage and civil rights, those were achieved the hard way, the constitutional way. The Suffragettes went through the process to have the Constitution amended; civil rights leaders went through it and still had to work to get it enforced, on top of the Civil War! That is the right way (though another civil war only as the last resort). Using the Supreme Court as an ipso facto law-making body, instead of its constitutional and traditional role as a law-interpreting body is the wrong way. What they are trying to do is a gross abuse of power and a betrayal of people’s trust. They have the ability and the power to file amicus briefs with the courts, overriding the average citizen that continually votes this stuff down and puts them in office in order to stand against it where the citizen cannot directly.  It is one thing to wave the white flag of surrender for yourself, but it is quite another to wave it in the name of other people without their support and permission.

So, Ms. Wallace, you think you and your merry band of misfits are the true conservatives? “Conservative” comes from the verb “to conserve,” meaning to protect from loss or harm. So please tell me, in supporting the destruction of marriage and embracing moral relativism, just exactly what are you conserving? It isn’t marriage, clearly. It isn’t civilization. It isn’t prosperity. It isn’t the American way.  Are you sure you’re conservative?