One of the oldest arguments regarding homosexuality is whether or not we’re “born with it“. As a rule, I don’t wade into that discussion. But what has always intrigued me is a corollary I’ve postulated, Are gay men and lesbians predisposed to being Leftists? Almost more prevelant than the cliche that we’re all a bunch of effeminate (or butch, for you gals) promiscuous drug addicts who love dance music is the conventional wisdom that we’re all Leftists.
But something struck me just now while watching this video, which puts the lie to the Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Janeane Garofalo narrative that the Tea Party movement is populated by nothing more than an assortment of your average mouth-breathing red-neck racists angry simply that a black man would ever attain our Nation’s highest office. (This video clip features a parade of black folks not only participating in, but speaking at and leading various Tea Party events.)
That, in addition to Bruce’s experiences at and reflections on the CPAC event in DC this past week got me to thinking: Why hasn’t the gay community embraced the Tea Party movement?
The long-and-short of the Tea Party thesis is simply smaller government, lower taxes, and greater liberty and freedom. (Or, if you’re a detractor, that’s the insincere veneer painted on the group to hide the actual motives described by the MSNBC crowd noted above–more on that in a minute.)
Given that we demographically are more likely to have more disposable income and own our own businesses, it’s understandable that the gay community should be first in line to pull the lever for tax-cutting, regulation-reducing, and business-encouraging political candidates. Insofar as the gay Left in America has sold the gay and lesbian community’s interests out for the sake of electing socialists and statists and, simply, Democrats, who are all opposed to the very types of market-friendly policies that would benefit us, we surely should be (if we’re as smart as we like to say we are) in the market for better representation.
Likewise, if the Tea Party movement is truly grounded in not simply anti-government, but rather the more (if I may say) nuanced concept of anti-government intrusion in our lives, it would seem that’s exactly what the “gay community” has been asking all along: Stay out of our lives, and treat us like everybody else!
Combining fiscal restraint, low taxes, and less government intrusion in our business and personal lives with common-sense ideas such as a strong national defense seems like it would be a perfect way to represent the actual gay community in America in the 21st Century. Or at least much more sensible than the government overreach and over-involvement, high regulation, high-tax, and nanny-state policies advanced by those who have been sold as our saviors for so long.
Bruce’s experiences at CPAC, and the overwhelming inclusion shown by true conservatives so well embodied by the former Vice President, are a great demonstration of the live-and-let-live attitude of our Founders and the Pioneers (founders of my part of the country). The caricature of the Right as a bunch of Bible-thumping hate-filled anti-gay bigots has never rung true to those of us dedicated to what have become called the “Tea Party principles”. What we’ve seen in the past week (and certainly over the past year or so) demonstrates that our collective gut about the Right is, well, right.
All this leads again back to the same question: Why don’t we embrace the Tea Party movement?
If nothing else, gays and lesbians who feel locked out of the group can point out a disconnect (which I don’t believe exists) between the purported Tea Party movement’s ideals and any perceived (again, I think that perception is wrong) anti-gay bias in individuals of that movement. By doing so, we can speak from a position of kinship and hold their feet to the fire if we actually feel they are not upholding the true principles of individual liberty and freedom.
Or, I suppose, we could just continue to be the water-carriers for the Democratic Party because we’re told by our Leftist “leaders” (of the HRC, etc.) that that party supposedly “likes” “us” more than the other guys. (Even though we know that’s not the truth.)
Just a thought.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)