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Why the Tea Party Movement is Good For Gays

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:30 pm - March 14, 2010.
Filed under: Conservative Ideas,Freedom,Ronald Reagan,Tea Party

While I may quibble with Michael Barone about those “litmus tests” over the past twenty years, I agree with him about the “pivot” the Tea Party phenomenon could represent for the GOP:

The Republicans for the last two decades have been a party whose litmus tests have been cultural issues, especially abortion. The tea partiers have helped to change their focus to issues of government overreach and spending. That may be a helpful pivot, given the emergence of a millennial generation uncomfortable with crusading cultural conservatism.

In short, Tea Parties could help reshape the GOP in Ronald Reagan’s image, a party whose focus is reducing the size and scope of the federal government and championing freedom.  And this focus on small government turns the party’s attention away from divisive social issues, making it easier for people from all walks of life, including gays, to rally to its defense  — and help it stay on the offense against Democrats’ big government schemes.

Freedom is an idea which social conservative Christians as well as socially liberal gays can readily and warmly embrace.

The Barone piece, as is anything by that sage commentator, is well worth you time.  So just read the whole thing!

Anti-Gay Man Deemed Norwegian Role Model

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:32 pm - March 14, 2010.
Filed under: Gays in Other Lands,Islamic War on Gays

Michael C. Moynihan has picked up on a story which, for some reason, I don’t think will get much attention on non-conservative gay blogs. Norway’s Ministry of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion (yes, I agree the name is Orwellian) has named Mahdi Hassan the “Role Model of the Year”.

The only problem, though, is that Hassan the Role Model has a wee problem with the gays; typically something that disqualifies one from being publicly celebrated in Scandinavia. According to [Norwegian journalist Rita] Karlsen, “Hassan told the newspaper Arbeidets Rett that he wants a ban on homosexuality, based on the Koran.” Does he support the death penalty for gays? That’s “up to each individual country to decide.” Wouldn’t want to judge the wonderful diversity of Koranic interpretation, now would we?

Defending the choice, Stein Petter Løkken, leader of the Socialist Left Party in Hassan’s home kommune of Tynset opined:

There is freedom of speech in Norway and in the Tynset Socialist Left Party we consider it unproblematic that Mahdi is opposed in principle to homosexuality. It is in accordance with his religion.

For some reason, I don’t think Mr. Løkken would be saying if Mr. Hassan’s religion were Christian.  But, then again, being a follower of that faith would likely disqualify him from any honors were he to have done exactly the same things he had been doing–and not harbor any animus against homosexuals.

(H/t Instapundit)

Wonder how those libertarians who voted for Obama feel about their 2008 vote about now?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:09 pm - March 14, 2010.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Random Thoughts

Every day, it seems, we discover some new piece of data showing just how much the federal leviathan has grown these past 14 months, with government salaries outpacing those in the private sector, with Washington D.C. booming while the heartland suffers, with the size of the public sector increasing while the private sector decreases.

And all that got me wondering, how do all those libertarians who voted for Obama feel right now?

Scott Brown Calls Obama Out

Delivering the GOP response to the president’s radio address, the man who succeeded John Kerry as the junior Senator from Massachusetts–after that latter had served a record 25 years in the position, Scott Brown, called Obama out for not keeping his promises, you know to focus on what he was elected to do and not keeping pushing health care.

The delivery may note be great, but the message is clear: President Obama is not keeping his campaign promises by pushing a massive health care overhaul crafted behind closed doors when people are still losing their jobs:

Maybe you remember what President Obama promised in his State of the Union address. He said he was going to finally focus on jobs and the economy for the remainder of this year. I applauded him for that. Well, here it is, it’s almost spring. And what is he out there talking about again? That same 2,700-page, multi-trillion dollar health care legislation.

So, an entire year has gone to waste. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many more jobs are in danger. Even now, the President still hasn’t gotten the message.

Somehow, the greater the public opposition to the health care bill, the more determined they seem to force it on us anyway. Their attitude shows Washington at its very worst – the presumption that they know best, and they’re going to get their way whether the American people like it or not.

And, when politicians start thinking like that, they don’t let anything get in their way – not public opinion, not the rules of fair play, not even their own promises.

They pledged transparency. Instead, we have a health care bill tainted by secrecy, concealed cost, and full of backroom deals– and that’’s just not right. They should do better. The American people expect more.

Ed Morrissey calls this a “scathing assessment of the Democratic machinations to pass ObamaCare.” I agree.

(H/t for video: Gateway Pundit)