Yesterday, Politico featured a
David Lampo piece, Gay Marriage Will Destroy the GOP. Politico is
exactly right that gay marriage will destroy the GOP, but for precisely the
opposite reason Lampo imagines.
Lampo’s argument is that if the
GOP does not embrace gay marriage, it is doomed. The truth of the matter is
exactly the opposite: it is embracing gay marriage that will doom the GOP and
consign it to the ash heap of history.
Politico wants us to believe the
tide of history is inevitable, and the GOP either must get on board the gay
love boat or get swept out to sea where it will disappear beneath the waves.
It would be one thing if
Politico had the best interests of the Republican Party at heart, but it does
It’s almost amusing to see these
wingerleft extremists wring their hands and furrow their brows with such
anxiety that the GOP might be harming itself. They care so much, you see, they
are even willing to help their bitter political enemies with free, life-saving
advice. If only the fools who wear the Republican brand would listen to them,
they want us to believe, they would be saved.
The reality, of course, is that
Politico wants to destroy the GOP and advance the cause of the homosexual
agenda, so any advice it gives that appears to be in the best interests of
Republicans is in reality toxic if not lethal.
Accepting Lampo’s advice would
be as brainless as the 49ers letting Bill Belichick convince them to let him
draw up their game plan before they play the Patriots in next year’s Super
But the GOP is either too dim or
too cowardly to get it.
GOP leaders right now seem to be
climbing all over each to see who can grab the rainbow flag the fastest. Three
Republican officeholders meekly and publicly surrendered this week, including
Sen. Orrin Hatch and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Nevada’s GOP has already
unceremoniously dumped natural marriage from its state platform, and is urging
the national party to do the same.The GOP is now happily and proudly running
openly homosexual candidates for office, and party chairman Reince Priebus
seems either for gay marriage or against it depending on whom he’s talking to.
The straight-up truth is that if
the GOP accepts homosexual marriage, it will immediately become irrelevant.
This is for the simple reason that supporters of natural marriage will abandon
the party so fast it will give you a nosebleed. That giant sucking sound you
will hear will be the sound of social conservatives bolting the Republican
These are the ordinary,
citizen-class Republicans who lick the stamps and make the phone calls and
distribute the literature and organize party events and haul their friends to
polling stations. While many of them don’t have the financial resources to make
large financial contributions, their contributions of time, energy, enthusiasm
and commitment are literally priceless. You can’t buy that stuff anywhere, and without
it, a political party is dead, dead, dead.
The GOP saw that in 2012 when
four million conservative voters stayed home because they couldn’t bring
themselves to vote for Mitt Romney, a candidate with no deep social
These grassroots Americans
believe that marriage is a divinely ordained, divinely defined institution that
must be protected and preserved. If the party walks out on marriage, they will
walk out on the party. The GOP will quickly discover how small a big tent can
It’s particularly silly for the
GOP to fall for the line that same-sex marriage is inevitable and simply too
popular to resist. The party didn’t see things that way with regard to slavery.
Republicans fought against slavery at a time in our nation’s history when half
the nation was for it.
They were impervious to appeals
to pragmatic capitulation, for one simple reason: they were right. They saw the
moral imperative of fighting this monstrous, demonic institution, and fight it
they did. They not only fought, they won.
Perhaps the national GOP should
take its cue from Texas rather than Nevada. The Texas GOP is refusing to give
the pro-homosexual Log Cabin Republicans a booth at its state convention,
because the LCR is working at cross-purposes with the party platform. Good for
the Lone Star state.
If the GOP takes Politico’s
advice instead, here’s what will happen: social conservatives, the heart and
soul of the Republican Party, will flee en masse, leaving just a few rich
Chamber-of-Commerce types to serve as the husk of an empty, soulless
Because many of these grassroots
social conservatives are politically minded, and care too much about America to
quit on her, they will coalesce in time around a new third party, a party which
could, by the way, simply adopt the current but unutilized Republican Party
platform. The current GOP has no real use for it - it’s just window dressing -
but this new party would actually believe it and in all good conscience seek to
So we will wind up with three
political parties, the Democrats, a version of the GOP with lots of money and
no people, and a third party with people and no money. Neither of these latter
two parties will be effective politically for some time, which leaves the field
of battle to the Democrats alone.
Now a third party can in time
become viable. The UKIP in Britain has now become the most potent political
force in English politics, but it has taken them 20 years to get there. America
doesn’t have that much time.
The only hope America has is for
the GOP to find its moral compass, summon the moral strength that animated its
battle against slavery, and unapologetically and unambiguously endorse natural
marriage with no concessions and no capitulations. If it doesn’t, the
Republican Party will seal its own fate and that of America with it.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do
not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or
American Family Radio.)