In talking to pjmedia, GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia focused on the group’s efforts to communicate “why conservative principles are good for different constituencies.” Nice to see this movie away from the identity politics practiced by other gay groups. The issue is not legislation specifying sexual orientation, but adopting policies which don’t single out any group.
“The issue,” Jimmy said “is why do gay people let the left determine what’s important to gay people?” Indeed. “What we talk about every single day is conservative policies that are good for everybody are good for gay Americans, too.”
Do gay small businessmen who bemoan the red tape they faces in opening up a new shop — or expanding their current enterprise — realize that the party who benefits from the donations they make to HRC has, to a large extent, placed those burdens on job creators? These entrepreneurs would benefit from Republican policies reducing regulation. The less government intrusion there is, the greater freedom we have to express ourselves.
Yeah, the president provides lip service to regulatory reform, but his record — and that of his fellow partisans — stands in stark contrast to that rhetoric. Obama may say the right things on gay issues, but his policies hurt gay businessmen and women — as they hurt entrepreneurs of all backgrounds.
So, kudos to Jimmy and Chris Barron for taking up the benefits of conservative policies. Perhaps, at some later date, when they raise more money, they could commission a study to show how federal, state and local mandates impact specific gay entrepreneurs. And maybe then those folks would realize that although they attend the various HRC functions to network within the community, their participation in such events provides support to policies which increase the cost of doing business.