There are two things I have noticed in this recent election. One is that a majority of Americans want a leader that, as Bill O’Reilly correctly noted, will give us stuff. The second is that it is harder and harder to get elected into federal office if you believe that abortion and gay marriage is wrong. More and more, the Republican Party understands this.
The number one goal of a political party is to win political seats. That is not why they are formed, but once formed, that becomes the nature of the machine. Such issues like truth and morality and proper roles of government are secondary to maintaining power. If keeping a strong, united party requires its members to promote that abortion and gay marriage is wrong, then the party will stand for those things. If the political party notices that it cannot win elections unless it agrees with “women’s rights” and “marriage equality” then it will slowly start pulling out any planks that say otherwise.
The election of 2012 has shown that the Republican Party is at a crossroads. Three state-wide referenda concerning marriage were decided towards gay marriage. A number of legislators lost their elections because of controversial statements regarding abortion in cases of rape. I must agree with David Jesse of the Christian Post, who said,
” Maine, Maryland, and Washington have legalized homosexual marriage. And Massachusetts has also joined Oregon and Washington in allowing euthanasia. It has become clear that in every instance where Biblical values were up for a vote, the American people have chosen to reject them. This election goes so much deeper than just who was elected president for the next four years. This election was a barometer of the soul of America, and America is in critical condition.”
Already, various voices in the Republican Party are calling for a lack of emphasis on social conservative issues. It seems that the number of Americans who will vote according to morality is shrinking. If the Republican Party is to stay in power, it must move further to the middle.
In other words, wake up social conservatives, the GOP is just not that into you anymore.
Unfortunately, social conservatives, those on the Christian Right, are blind to this. They still think “GOP” stands for “God’s Own Party”. We all saw this by the outpoured love they had for John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney this year. Both were known for being moderate on moral issues; Romney is known for voting against such moral issues as Governor of Massachusetts. Yet the Christian Right has continued to support such candidates.
Politics should not play a factor in determining what is true and right. It is wrong to murder an unborn child even if it means your candidate won’t get elected. If a political party loses power because it believes that marriage is only between a man and a woman, then so be it. Why? Because it’s right.
But the Republican Party lacks this backbone. They are not into what is right and moral. This is true for the national party, if not for many state parties as well. Unfortunately, the national party often leads the smaller parties down the path it wants to go.
While I prefer that the Christian Right leave the Republican Party, such an action would be like leaving a spouse for many. So here is what I recommend. Influence your local Republican Party to only support those candidates that boldly stand for moral issues. And don’t be afraid to not endorse a major candidate. Endorsing a candidate who is weak on abortion or gay marriage will only continue the downward path that the Republican Party is taking towards the gutter of the Left.