I have to say I’ve, by and large, been impressed with James Vaughn’s presentation in this “On Both Sides of Log Cabin.” While I don’t support much of the legislation he advocates, I do like the broad “strategy” he has outlined for talking about issues, noting for example how certain core conservative ideas have particular benefits for gay people.
He also notes the particular challenges in talking to gay Democrats, largely because they can’t defend their choice of partisan affiliation. As he wrote in his Powerpoint presentation:
Often they don’tÂ know why they are Democrats except that in what the LGBT media or liberal media told them. Often not informed about current events.
That does seem to be the case that so few of them only understand conservative ideas as presented by the MSM (and gay media). No wonder some of them have trouble addressing my posts because I put forward ideas which such media either doesn’t represent or mispresents.
Back to his point about where the GOP, in particular conservative ideas are good for gay people. He singled out:
- Social Security Accounts: enabling gay people to leave them to our spouses, even partners in relationships not recognized by the state.
- Gun Control: how it allows us to protect ourselves from hate crimes (echoing a point I made here)
- Small business: Republican policies promote entrepreneurship which benefit gay people who want to set up their own businesses
- War on Terror: GOP has better policies for confronting challenging Islamofascism at a time when Islamic countries are executing gays.
I don’t agree with all the legislation that James (and Log Cabin) favors. But, I do like that he wants to talk about how conservative ideas benefit gay people. I have long believed Republican ideas are better for gay people because smaller government makes it easier for “marginalized” groups to set up their own institutions and businesses to respond to changes in the marketplace.
That is, when we don’t look to the government to provide solutions to our problems, we will be more likely to address them on our own. The record shows the private sector is more efficient at making things works and responding to social change (see e.g., the number of private corporations adopting non-discrimination policies and providing domestic partnership benefits).
James also talked about how we can find common ground with social conservatives, reminding them if the state can take away gay people’s freedoms, it could take away their freedom to home school their children.
In the past, Log Cabin has failed to talk about how conservative ideas benefit gay people. That James outlined a strategy to do so in a panel at this Log Cabin gathering is a most welcome development. Now, let’sÂ see if the national office makes this an official policy.