The 168-member Republican National Committee said "no" last Friday to what many have seen as a push-back from the values the Republican Party has traditionally stood for---marriage and the sanctity of life.
A major reason tens of millions of Americans are members of the Republican Party in the first place.
In fact, the vote was a 168-0 "No."
Less than a month before, national chair Reince Priebus released his party's 98-page document that appraised the party's political liabilities as a attempt to "re-brand" the party regarding social issues---even to marginalizing them.
Gary Bauer, Tony Perkins and a few others wrote a letter to Priebus last week expressing their "great displeasure" with his assessment of the party.
More on this, but first a personal note:
Thank you for your kind words, prayers and support during my second and last knee replacement surgery this past week.
While I have not signed up for a marathon anytime soon, I can certainly now be fully engaged in the race to defend and advance traditional, biblical values in a culture that seems obsessed with destroying them.
While I have resumed publishing this daily blog, it will be a few days before we go back "live" on the "Straight Talk" radio program. We will continue to play re-runs a few more days.
Again thank you for your support and prayers during this time.
Chairman Preibus' 98-page "Growth and Opportunity Project" was not well received by many.
Bauer, Perkins and others in a letter last week told Preibus that the party will make a "huge historical mistake" by skirting "the issues which attract and energize them by the millions" in the first place.
Ari Flesher, Karl Rove and others who drafted the assessment say they were only trying to be more welcoming and inclusive to those who disagree with the party's positions and values on issues like marriage and the sanctity of life.
Time Magazine, the Washington Post and WND have written articles about this issue.
The question the Party is asking is, "How do we win not lose elections?"
At least that seems to be question that emerges from the answers they keep serving up.
Some other questions come to mind.
Do we really think we can beat secular progressives in elections by becoming more like them---or at least pretending to be more like them?
Why would a voter prefer a faux secular progressive to a real one? Washington state has run this political experiment and discovered it doesn't work.
Has life become so devalued and marriage so dishonored that you can only win elections in America by supporting abortion and redefining marriage?
Any leader who honestly believes that is doomed to failure.
At what point will the GOP man-up, get a backbone and begin advocating and advancing their own values that have stood the test of time. That pre-date the secular progressive movement and "moveon.org"
Here is the full text of the RNC resolutions:
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING CORE VALUES OF THE 2012 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM
Whereas, the 2012 Republican Platform states, “our rights come from God, are protected by government, and that the only just government is one that truly governs with the consent of the governed,” (Preamble, p. i); and
Whereas, the 2012 Republican Platform state, “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to the unborn children.” (We The People: A Restoration of the Constitution, p. 13-14); and
Whereas, the 2012 Republican Platform states, “We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment (We The People: A Restoration of Constitutional Government, p. 13); and
Whereas, the 2012 Republican Platform states, “We believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage,” and “We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity,” (Renewing American Values to Build Healthy Families, Great Schools and Safe Neighborhoods, p. 31); and
Whereas, the 2012 Republican Platform states, “The greatest asset of the American economy is the American worker,” and “Just as immigrant labor helped build our country in the past, today’s legal immigrants are making vital contributions in every aspect of our national life,” and “Their industry and commitment to American values strengthens our economy, enriches our culture, and enables us to better understand and more effectively compete with the rest of the world; and
Whereas, the 2012 Republican Platform further states, “Illegal immigration undermines those benefits and affects U.S. workers. In an age of terrorism, drug cartels, human trafficking, and criminal gangs, the presence of millions of unidentified persons in this country poses grave risks to the safety and the sovereignty of the United States,” and “Our highest priority, therefore, is to secure the rule of law both at our borders and at ports of entry,” (Reforming Government to Serve the People, p. 25); therefore be it
Resolved, the Republican National Committee reaffirms our commitment to the core values of the Republican Party as stated in the 2012 Republican Platform approved by the delegates to the Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012.
RESOLUTION FOR MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN 2013
Whereas, the institution of marriage is the solid foundation upon which our society is built and in which children thrive; it is based on the relationship that only a man and a woman can form; and
Whereas, support for marriage has been repeatedly affirmed nationally in the 2012 Republican National Platform, through the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, (signed into law by President Bill Clinton), and passed by the voters of 41 States including California via Proposition 8 in 2008; and
Whereas, no Act of human government can change the reality that marriage is a natural and most desirable union; especially when procreation is a goal; and
Whereas, the future of our country is children; it has been proven repeatedly that the most secure and nurturing environment in which to raise healthy well adjusted children is in a home where both mother and father are bound together in a loving marriage; and
Whereas, The U. S. Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of laws adopted to protect marriage from the unfounded accusation that support for marriage is based only on irrational prejudice against homosexuals; therefore be it
Resolved, the Republican National Committee affirms its support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America; and be it further
Resolved, the Republican National Committee implores the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.
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