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GayPatriot On The Ed Morrissey Show

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:28 pm - February 20, 2010.
Filed under: CPAC

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the CPAC Blogger of the Year, Ed Morrissey on his live broadcast from the Blogger’s Lounge.

Here is the video. I’m anxious for your thoughts.

The Most Important Video I’ve Ever Posted.

Friends and foes alike.  I’m regularly asked the ignorant, biased-laden question:  How can you possibly be gay and a conservative (or Republican).

Aside from my believing in First Principles trump everything (Declaration of Independence and US Constitution as foundational documents) and my rejection of identity politics, it is my strong belief in America’s individual liberty and freedom and free enterprise that makes me a conservative.

But watch this video.  It is former Ohio Rep. Bob McEwen “speaking at CPAC 2010 where he delivered an outstanding presentation on Basic Economics and why Free Market Principles are essential to maintaining prosperity and freedom in America. He does a truly outstanding job, and explains it in language anyone can understand.” (Thanks to Freedom’s Lighthouse for the video).

By showing this video, I will no longer be answering the previous referenced question.  If you don’t have the time to watch this, I will not have the time to discuss my political philosophy with you.

That is why THIS is the most important video I’ve ever posted. McEwen is a rock star. Thank you, sir.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

GAYPATRIOT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
Alexander McCobin from Students For Liberty
The Student Activist Who Spoke Up FOR GOProud At CPAC

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:00 pm - February 20, 2010.
Filed under: CPAC,Gay Politics,Heroes

GayPatriot readers, let me introduce you to Alexander McCobin from Students For Liberty.  Alexander was one of the student activists who spoke from the main CPAC stage yesterday.  He spoke up IN FAVOR of CPAC’s including GOProud BEFORE Ryan Sorba’s tirade a few minutes later.

THIS IS THE PART OF THE STORY THAT HASN’T BEEN TOLD YET.

UPDATE at 5:00PM – I’ve learned a couple of important facts that shed some more light on this whole incident. First, folks have emailed pointing out that there were boos when Alexander spoke (see video) below. But the boos were quickly and resoundingly overtaken by applause. Secondly, the booing was started by none other than Ryan Sorba and it is quite possible he was THE ONLY one booing since he was onstage and near a microphone.

From Students For Liberty on the CPAC kerfuffle:

Background: http://studentsforliberty.org/news/sfl-causes-cpac-controversy/
Videos: http://studentsforliberty.org/news/sfl-controversy-video/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/studentsforliberty

Secondly, I have found out that Ryan’s outburst was a publicity stunt. Ryan is hawking a new book called “The ‘Born Gay’ Myth”. That pretty much speaks for itself and the CPAC crowd rejected Ryan’s message and tactics resoundingly.

The first video is Alexander’s remarks yesterday.

The second video is my interview with Alexander this morning.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Was Homosexuality Responsible for Rise of Greece and Rome?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:00 pm - February 20, 2010.
Filed under: History,Random Thoughts

Yesterday, while reviewing countless scholarly articles for my dissertation, I frequently encountered references to homosexual liaisons in ancient Greece, most of these taking place in the Archaic and early Classical Age, just as Greece was preparing to defeat the Persians and “define” Western Civilization.

These references reminded me how regularly I came across such homosexual hanky-panky in studying Roman history in the era preceding its imperial greatness. And I thought of all the times I had read or heard certain extreme social conservatives attribute social acceptance of homosexuality as signaling the fall of these great civilizations.

So, I wondered, I mean, if homosexuality was the cause of their decline, why didn’t these civilizations fall sooner when homosexuality was more prevalent. And how the heck did they rise in the first place if they had been so accepting of homosexuality?

By their (extreme social conservatives’) logic then, homosexuality contributed to the rise of these civilizations . Now, I don’t think homosexuality alone led to the rise of Greece and Rome, but do find it interesting that they rose to greatness while tolerant of expressions of homosexuality even if they didn’t accord same-sex relationships the same status as they accorded to different-sex ones.

BREAKING NEWS: Alexander Haig Has Died

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:39 am - February 20, 2010.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

News reports are coming out that General Alexander Haig has died.  Haig was a central figure in American life in my formative years.  Hate him or love him, Haig was a powerful voice for America and American values.

Alexander Haig, the former military officer, secretary of state and adviser to presidents, died Saturday, a Johns Hopkins Medical Center spokesman said.

Haig, 85, was admitted to the Baltimore, Maryland, hospital on January 28, hospital spokesman Gary Stephenson said.

Haig was a top official in the administrations of three presidents — Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

Haig became supreme allied commander over NATO forces in Europe until 1979. Haig ran an unsuccessful bid for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.

Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. was born December 2, 1924, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He attended the University of Notre Dame for two years before transferring to the U.S. Military Academy in 1944. After his graduation in 1947, he served in Japan. He later served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff in Japan during the Korean War.

RIP Alexander Haig.

Live From CPAC10 Saturday

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:02 am - February 20, 2010.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

LIVE VIDEO FEED FROM CPAC

Good morning America… from your Nation’s capital.  The CPAC10 Conference is already underway and I’ll do my best to hit the highlights.

PJTV rockstar and comedian Steven Crowder got the crowd going already with a quick set of barbs against the Powers That Be, and Olbermann.

UPDATE: Looks like we have some work to do with Rick Santorum on the issue of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  However, I know Santorum personally and have worked with him for many years (in my other job) and I know he is a good man.  He is not homophobic but he does have concerns about using the military being used for social experiments and subject to political correctness.  I think he’s wrong.  But that DOES NOT make him homophobic.

But Santorum did just say that the idea of an IRS audit each year for every member of Congress was a good idea.  You have to balance the good with the bad!  🙂

NOTE: I would like to mention that the applause on Santorum’s DADT response was tepid at best.  Honestly.  DADT splits free-thinking people on the left and the right and in the military.  There will be a blogger meet & greet with Santorum in about an hour.  I’m hoping to talk with him personally.

UPDATE: Conservative babe and ACORN doorbuster Hannah Giles is now introducing Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart kicked butt.  He’s a great and motivating speaker.  Catch him if you can!

9:44AM: Okay, I’m back. You really all should follow me on Twitter, you know!  One of my conservative heroes — Jonah Goldberg — is now on the mainstage.  I once interviewed Jonah on the barely-used GayPatriot BlogTalkRadio program.  He’s discussing how fascism was born on the left political spectrum and how totalitarianism is still admired by American liberals.  Hey, someone should write a book about this!

Missing from the Mt. Vernon Statement

Sometimes my best ideas for one chapter in my dissertation come when I’m working on another.  And so it is with blogging.  When I wrote about the Mt. Vernon Statement, I closed by saying that it lacked the Gipper’s poetry and ignored one of his primary arguments–that “government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.”

As I reviewed the document again Friday night, I noted while the authors mentioned the word, “government” thirteen times, modifying it more often than not with “self” and “limited,” the authors ignored the real problem facing the right, particularly the political party most associated with the right, the GOP. In the past decade, Republicans haven’t adhered to the principles of Ronald Reagan.

They haven’t always stood for limited government, indeed, have often sought to expand to the state even to address domestic issues.

So, as I was about to set off for a day of research unrelated to politics, it hit me how, I believe, they should have begun a document articulating conservative ideas in the post-George W. Bush Era:

Too often in the past twenty years, politicians of both parties have sought to solve our problems and improve our lives through the expansion of government. Some have even dressed up their big government proposals as some new-fangled form of conservatism.

We reject that approach.

And go from there to what we conservatives advocate.  There was much talk of liberty (mentioned four times) and “limited government,” but not even talk of the abuses and usurpations of government.

And it was the delineation of such abuses (and usurpations) that a certain Mr. T. Jefferson spelled out in a document explaining just why it was necessary for our people to dissolve those bonds which have connected them with another. The authors of the Mt. Vernon needed to similarly spell out the reasons which impelled them to craft this document.

It is the complicity of both parties in the burgeoning power of the state which provided that impetus.  And the authors of the Mt. Vernon Statement were not clear enough in saying as much.