Although I returned earlier today from my mini-vacation, I have yet to weigh in on the decision of CPAC to exclude our friends at GOProud. This is sad news indeed and a sign that some conservatives would rather dwell on trivial issues than focus on our common conservatives principles. Although, by and large, rank-and-file “movement” conservatives (particularly those born since 1960) have become increasingly welcome of their gay fellows, there still are pockets in the movement who would exclude folks like us.
And some of those pockets have considerable sway in the conservative movement today.
We here at GayPatriot share the disappointment of GOProud’s Board who released a statement earlier today:
We are deeply disappointed at the decision of the American Conservative Union to bar GOProud from participating in CPAC. They are well within their right to do so, but a decision like this will have consequences.
For the last two years, GOProud has sought to support CPAC and keep the conservative movement united. . . .
What is truly sad is that this troubling development takes place at a time when we should be united and focused on defeating Barack Obama.
It is unfortunate at this time of remarkable unity among conservatives and Republicans about the need to focus on the principles Ronald Reagan articulated throughout his political career, cutting the size of the federal government, reducing its scope, returning power to individuals and the associations they choose to join or otherwise support that some would seek to exclude an organization committed to those ideals.
We are delighted to note that a number of leading “new media” conservatives have decided to boycott CPAC as a result of the decision to exclude GOProud as Glenn Reynolds reports:
ANDREW BREITBART WILL SKIP CPAC over its GOProud ban.
Roger Simon is boycotting too. And I won’t be there either. Of course, I don’t usually go anyway.
NICK ADDS: Great to see Breitbart standing with us. The true sign, however, will be to see what Ann Coulter does.