It wasn’t enough for the national Republican Party to do everything possible to defeat Tea Party candidates Rand Paul, Joe Miller, and Christine O’Donnell.
Now they’re rolling out a national platform that calls for federal intervention on hot-button social issues, less than two months out from the mid-term elections at a time when Americans are hurting economically and are clearly sick of failed Big Government policies.
This despite the fact that gay marriage didn’t even rank into the top five issues the attendees of the Values Voter Summit said they’re worried about. (Abortion was the first and the other issues were economic.)
This is the same Republican Party that pushed a radical, bigoted social-issue agenda in the 2006 mid-term elections and subsequently lost their majority in both chambers of Congress. (Yes, there were other factors in the 2006 Republican losses.)
The agenda will be released tomorrow, but it will include commentaries on homosexuality and abortion. The Republican Liberty Caucus has no position on abortion, but we were among the only Republican Party caucus groups that spoke out against George W. Bush’s Federal Marriage Amendment.
There seems to be a Republican obsession with homosexuality. Yesterday the Republican Senate, without a single dissenter, crushed the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Now Republicans are rolling out a national agenda singing the praises of federal involvement in marriage. As the RLC stated in our 2004 press release on the FMA, “Marriage should not be dictated, endorsed, subsidized or restricted by any government. The right to pursue individual happiness is a fundamental liberty that should be free of all state intervention. True love and genuine personal commitment do not need legal support or sanction.”
Publishing and disseminating a national agenda before the mid-terms is probably a good idea for the Republican Party. The use of hot-button social issues may be a distraction to some, but surely has the potential to alienate core constituencies of the Republican Party: libertarian-leaning Republicans, moderate Republicans, independents, and certain segments of the Tea Party.
Will the Republican Party ever abandon its desire to involve the federal government in the lives of law-abiding American citizens?