It’s time for the GOP to go big or go home.
Recently, the true nature of liberalism has been exposed for all to see. First, the Supreme Court rendered a decision on marriage so outrageous that actual Americans actually reacted to it. There was a sudden moment of clarity, as ordinary Americans of great faith—and even of only a little faith, but a faith they are rather fond of—realized that something bad and dangerous had happened.
Then, just as Donald Trump began to get traction by saying what the press insisted were outlandish things about immigration, America watched as an innocent American citizen was shot in the back of the head by an illegal (yes, I’ll use that word; it’s legally accurate). Not just any illegal, though—an illegal who had already been a criminal, who had already been in federal prison, who had been deported five times, who was supposed to have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and who was released to a “sanctuary city.” Surprisingly, he then killed Kate Steinle (allegedly.)
In the past several days, we have been treated to videotaped evidence of the vile venality of the DNC’s favorite non-profit, Planned Parenthood, as two of its medical directors have been caught breezily discussing the dismemberment and sale of unborn children, while having a nice lunch.
All of these developments are good for the Republican Party, especially candidates for president, providing they are equipped with three things: some guts, a spine, and a voice.
This should not be a difficult moment for the Sweet Sixteen (let’s see if I can do this—Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee, Santorum, Pataki, Graham, Perry, Bush, Trump, Jindal, Christie, Walker, and Kasich. Whew!) The American people favor religious freedom over gay rights, 59 to 36. They despise illegal immigration, and they’ve made that perfectly clear every time they’ve been let in on the fact that some politician—Republican or Democrat—was secretly plotting to create more of it. See: George W. Bush, Rubio, Obama. And we’ve recently crossed the threshold where more Americans identify as pro-life than pro-choice.
There is no room for nuance here. The American people are looking for someone who will listen to them, and stop the madness.
It doesn’t take Churchillian brilliance to realize that people who still believe that marriage is a covenant between a man, a woman, and God are not going to let go of that belief, and don’t want a country where they have to watch what they say and think to avoid government persecution. It seems blindingly obvious that people who hold such unapproved thoughts may be among those who make their living rendering the various services involved in a wedding—bakers, caterers, photographers, florists. In fact, in the states that pre-figured the Court’s decision by enthusiastically embracing gay marriage (as opposed to those brought kicking and screaming by courts), there had already been such cases. Repeatedly, Christians providing wedding services who politely declined to provide gay wedding services had been sued, fined, threatened, and run out of business.
Now persecuted Christians of all kinds are hoping for some help from the Republican Congress and the next President. They are looking for a candidate that will protect them, not because he favors their cause, but because he (or she) values the Constitution. Regardless of what the polls claim, there has been no electoral evidence Americans have actually changed their minds about gay marriage. There is even less evidence that they have changed their minds about religious freedom. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both realized they could never get elected if they were honest about their real feelings about marriage, so they lied about it. They pledged their troth to traditional marriage, and each solemnly pronounced that it was “between a man and a woman”—and Obama even claimed that “God is in the mix.”
They didn’t mean a word of it, but if they had failed to say it, we would be living in the second term of the McCain administration today.
Republican primary and caucus voters want a candidate that will protect their right to disagree with the Supreme Court, live their faith, and specialize in non-gay weddings. Fortunately, there is already a bill in the Senate to do just that. Even before the decision, Mike Lee introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598) on June 17. All the candidates have to do is endorse it.
Both Planned Parenthood and immigration are even easier issues than religious freedom. Congress is about to pass a bill de-funding Planned Parenthood. Obama will veto it. Congress just passed a bill to deny immigration enforcement funding to sanctuary cities (if they’re not enforcing, they don’t need any enforcement money, right?) The president will veto that. The candidates should rip him to shreds over both and promise to sign such legislation if they become president.
We are not looking for subtlety this time. We don’t want a 20-point plan for “comprehensive immigration”. We’ve learned that “comprehensive” used by a politician usually means “incomprehensible” and “guaranteed not to work”. We want candidates with a simple, straightforward message that the majority of American citizens can understand and resonate to.
So candidates, here are the positions we want from you:
On religious freedom: DEFEND IT.
On Planned Parenthood: DE-FUND IT.
On illegal immigrants: DEPORT THEM.
And may the best ma–…uh,one…win.