GOProud’s Chris Barron has a great piece in the Daily Caller today which both echoes a point I made this morning on the Tea Parties and goes beyond it, reminding us of the real nature of this grassroots movement.
He warns that some “big-government conservatives like Tony Perkins” and Mike Huckabee are trying to “to co-opt the Tea Party’s movement and message. They have realized that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em“:
Nothing would make the left happier than to see the Tea Party taken over by big-government social conservatives. Liberals and their friends in the mainstream media know how politically poisonous big-government conservatism was to the conservative movement. Nothing would make them happier than to have the keys to the Tea Party turned over to the same folks who brought us embarrassing electoral defeats in 2006 and 2008 and who demoralized the conservative movement.
Big-government conservatives know too that their message is political poison — they have watched as the American people, and the conservative movement in particular, has turned away from seeking government as the solution to the social, economic and spiritual challenges facing our country.
Emphasis added. Exactly. Exactly. Nice to see the leader of a gay organization say that we should not turn to government for the solutions to our social “challenges” — or any challenge for that matter. It was just a simple pleasure to read Chris’s concluding flourish on freedom. I won’t steal his thunder. Just read the whole thing!
It’s so nice to have a gay organization not aping the equality rhetoric of the left-of-center gay organizations, but instead appealing to the defining idea of this nation — and the GOP. And the Tea Parties.