Robert Knight

Comedian Bill Cosby apparently has implied that if you don’t support Barack Obama, you’re a racist. This comes as something of a shock since Mr. Cosby, over his long career, generally has avoided making political gaffes.

Nonetheless, I think it’s instructive to revisit one of his best loved routines – “Tonsils.” Mr. Cosby relates how the doctor explained the need for surgery when he was a young boy. “Your tonsils guard your throat,” the doc says. “They have hand grenades, bazookas, and anything bad that comes into your mouth they fight it off. In your case, your tonsils have lost the war. As a matter of fact, they’ve gone so far as to join the other side, and they’re going to kill you….”

Watching the Republican Party establishment wage war on the Tea Parties and social conservatives, it feels a lot like Mr. Cosby’s scenario. If the GOP abandons its commitment to traditional values in pursuit of the ever-transient “youth vote,” it will become the equivalent of infected tonsils. The party will cease to be an effective voice against moral and fiscal collapse, and will help facilitate America’s demise.

More than 100 GOP establishment figures have joined a Supreme Court brief against California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg observed, “at this point, the Republicans who signed the document are taking a more expansive stance than President Obama, who favors same-sex marriage but has said he would leave it to the states, as opposed to making it a constitutional right.”

In the American Spectator, Jeffrey Lord makes this observation in “GOP Elites and the Abolition of Marriage”:

“It is fair to say that there are serious Republicans and conservatives out there who have zero problem with gays. Who, like myself, have their share of wonderful family members and friends who happen to be gay. But who nonetheless are very concerned that in this rush to political correctness, not to mention appealing for votes, the GOP elites who have signed this brief are oblivious to the idea that they are seen as signing not a Supreme Court brief — but a death warrant…. The effective abolition of marriage in America.”


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.


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