Think the “gay marriage” issue is off the table right now?
Closing arguments wrapped-up last week over a lawsuit seeking to overturn California’s “Proposition 8,” a ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly in November 2008 amending the state constitution so as to define marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Plaintiff’s Attorneys David Boies –a former legal advisor to the Al Gore for President campaign – and Ted Olson, former White House Attorney to President George W. Bush, have both expressed confidence that the judge will side with them, yet also acknowledge that regardless of the judge’s decision, the case will be appealed.
Suffice it to say that the issue of “gay marriage” may be back in the headlines again soon. Specifically, the “prop 8” case could be headed to the Supreme Court. This, in turn, will likely cause at least some socially conservative Americans to demand that the Republican Party jump- start its previous “gay marriage ban” efforts.
And this will impact the November 2010 elections.
Just when a majority of the American electorate has finally begun to wake up and realize the tyranny that it is under – a government that has spent future generations of wealth on the selfish, short-term political objectives of the “ruling party;” a President who, after spending a trillion dollars on so-called “stimulus” programs is now pressuring Congress for another $50 billion to “bail-out” states that are bankrupt and facing public employee layoffs; and an Administration whose remedy for an oil spill disaster is to press for tax increases on energy purchases – the nation could be and should be about ready to become “more Republican” this fall. And the best hope for the Republican Party – indeed, the best thing the party can provide the United States right now – is a cohesive, rational explanation for why the Obama economic oppression is dangerous, and an understandable free-market alternative.
Yet, if a large portion of the Republican Party “base” is distracted from the realities of the present-day subjugation, and chooses instead to focus on something that may or may not happen in the courts (an upholding or an overturning of a “marriage law”), the opportunity to stave-off America’s march toward serfdom could be severely hindered, or crippled altogether.
So what’s the strategy? How does the Republican Party maintain its current momentum in the current political climate? The first step is for conservative Americans to begin understanding economics, itself, as a “moral issue.”
Social conservatives have for decades been focused on “moral issues” like abortion, and the definition of marriage. But what do they have to say about the immorality of a government that is drowning our nation in debt?
For nearly four decades, American politics and public policy have been impacted by the influence of faith-based voters and organizations. Consisting of a majority of American Evangelical Christians, a majority of American Mormons, substantial portions of the American Catholic population, and many orthodox Jews, the population of faith-based voters has swung national elections in one direction or the other, either by predominantly siding with one political party or another, by not uniting and thereby “splitting” their collective impact between the two parties, or by simply not voting at all.
This impact was arguably first experienced in the landslide re-election of President Richard Nixon in 1972. In the midst of a war in Viet Nam, and cultural chaos at home, faith-based Americans were un-nerved by the direction of the country, and drawn towards Nixon’s appeal to law-and-order, and articulation of “traditional American values.” In 1976, faith-based Americans were distraught by the scandals that had engulfed Nixon, and were persuaded to the left by Jimmy Carter.
In 1980 Ronald Reagan swung faith-based Americans back to the Republican side of the aisle where they would remain for the bigger part of twelve years. Faith-based Americans then “split” their votes(or in some cases began the bad habit of “not voting”) during the Clinton years, only to return to the Republican fold with the elections of President George W. Bush.
But faith-based voters “split” again in 2008. While many still remained in the Republican camp, still casting votes according to their concerns over the “moral issues” of abortion and marriage, still others were drawn by Barack Obama’s ability to articulate “universal healthcare” in “moral” terms.
Yet it would appear by now that many faith-based Americans have woken up to a cold reality-Obamacare is not about compassion, but about a self-serving politician creating dependency on himself, and using other people’s resources (tax payer’s dollars) for his own political gain. Likewise, agendas such as “Obamacare” and “stimulus” and “bailout” programs have spent the wealth of future generations, on immediate, short-term political ambitions.
Worse still, Obamanomics is dangerously similar to the economic models that are sinking Greece right before our eyes, and that threaten Spain, Germany, and the U.K. Does the “faith” of faith-based Americans have anything to say about the immorality of such fiscal recklessness?
Courts and judges will do what they are going to do with “gay marriage” in the coming months. Americans must focus on stopping the economic ruin of President Obama and his party’s “leaders” in Congress – before it is too late.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.