Derek Hunter

Wouldn’t it be nice if conservatives could go a week without some group or individuals doing or saying something embarrassing? At least, I think it would be nice, but I have no proof because it hasn’t happened in ages.

There’s been so much stupidity in the last couple of weeks it’s hard to keep track of it all. Here are just a few examples and how they should have been handled.

Ted Nugent called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel.” Ted is Ted. I get that. And Ted’s going to be Ted no matter what you do. He’s not going to change. So if you’re going to do political events with Ted Nugent you have to be prepared to take the heat that comes with it.

You can point out President Obama launched his career in the living room of a terrorist and that his pastor – the man who performed his wedding and served as a mentor – is a racist, anti-American bigot. But that isn’t going to change anything.

With Ted, you can’t take the good and ignore the bad. He isn’t a racist, though he is painted as one because he commits the sin of not being progressive. He need not change his words to fit anyone’s PC demands. But if you are running for office and have him do an event for you, you have to know he may well say something you will be left to explain. Being blindsided by this is like being shocked the sun rose in the east this morning. Be smart going in, or don’t go in. Simple, really.

Which brings us to Arizona, where the legislature passed a bill that would allow people who own businesses to adhere to their religious beliefs and not be forced to, for example, bake a cake for a gay wedding. It absurdly has been described by progressives as “the new Jim Crow.”

You may wonder why gay couples would want to patronize businesses whose owners believe the gay lifestyle is a mortal sin. But they seek out these businesses on purpose – to force these controversies into the courts. Progressives don’t often win at the ballot box, but they do win in the courts because courts are packed with activist judges that create laws no legislature would impose.

So, if you are the baker, and the gay couple chooses you to bake a cake, bake it and donate the money to your church. This forces them to fund that which they hate, foils the reason they chose you in the first place and provides you a nice tax write-off. Besides, you don’t endorse every event you bake a cake for. And if you’ve been in the business any length of time, you’ve probably baked a cake for some awful people.

Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.