In 2012, Newt Gingrich said of same-sex marriage, “It is in every family. It is in every community. The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to ... accommodate and deal with reality.”
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Jack Hunter is a contributing editor at Rare.us. He has appeared frequently on Fox Business, Michael Savage and as a regular guest host on The Mike Church Show on Sirius XM. Hunter is the co-author of “The Tea Party Goes to Washington” by Sen. Rand Paul and assisted former Sen. Jim DeMint with his book “Now or Never: How to Save America from Economic Collapse.”
In June, Senator Rand Paul wrote the following in USA Today, “Our government is simply too big and too out-of-control. When it comes to receiving fair justice, perhaps black Americans understand this best.”
When libertarian-leaning Republicans suggest America should be reluctant to go to war, the eternal cry of the hawkish establishment is, "Isolationist!" John McCain says Rand Paul’s an isolationist. The Wall Street Journal says Paul and Justin Amash are both isolationists. The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin thinks Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin are isolationists too.
Last week I read what was in some ways an insightful essay on the need for Republicans to have a more positive agenda. Then I read this:
In 2003, conservative Republicans vocally championed war and opposed civil liberties. In 2013, conservative Republicans vocally opposed war and championed civil liberties. In 2003, conservative Republicans led efforts to expand entitlements, grow the Department of Education, and nearly doubled the national debt. In 2013, conservative Republicans feared big government so much they shut it down.
The Tea Party has had one major legislative achievement: the sequester. By 2011, the movement was able to exert enough pressure on Republicans to ensure spending cuts would be a part of the budget deal.
"We are not going to gut our military." – Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, October 20, 2012
Last week, over 100 young libertarians attended a karaoke night at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub, in Arlington, Virginia, outside Washington DC. A weekly ritual for many of the attendees, the crowd on this particular night had a particular mission — to raise at least $2,000 for Republican Congressman Justin Amash. A reasonable goal, for which an appreciative Amash was glad to make an appearance and speak to a room full of admirers.
Conservatives should stand for life, always and without hesitation. The moment the Republican Party ceases to be pro-life is the moment it ceases to be a conservative party.
“It's now Authoritarian vs. Libertarian…” -- Matt Drudge’s tweet about Republicans who support NSA spying and Syrian intervention, September 3, 2013
Many continue to ask how the GOP can remain a party that can win elections and govern nationally. They already have an answer.
In my early 20s, I was pro-choice and opposed to gay marriage. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’m pro-life and more supportive of gay marriage. Sometimes our views change. It happens all the time. The important thing is that we are free to have views and voice them.
On Friday, President Obama said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
“We need more conservative Texans in Washington, D.C., including my friend David Dewhurst,” Texas Governor Rick Perry said during his state’s Republican convention last week. Perry’s comments were met with loud boos from the mostly conservative audience.
I have been at war with the Republican Party my entire adult life. Not as a liberal, but as a conservative. The obvious conservative things I always wanted the GOP to do — cut spending, shrink government, follow the Constitution — it never did. The things the GOP did instead, which seemed to satisfy many conservatives — unnecessary wars, empowering the executive branch, spying on citizens — were not only reckless and damaging, but a tragic diversion for the American right. I hope that four years removed from suffering through the most big-government Republican administration in history, conservatives have learned some lessons. And anyone who still entertains the notion that the Bush/Cheney Republican model represents any type of conservatism needs to go pay President Obama the right-wing respect he deserves. The only “change” Obama’s given us is even more debt and drone strikes.
In 2004, I didn’t vote for John Kerry or George W. Bush because I wanted a conservative leader who stood for the Constitution, less government and individual liberty. Wanting these same things in 2008, I did not vote for John McCain or Barack Obama. Wanting these same things today, it looks like I might have the same dilemma in this year’s presidential election.
From 2000 to 2008, I was politically homeless. As a conservative I would’ve liked to have been a part of the Republican Party, but there was simply no conservatism in the GOP at the time. It was the Republican Party of Bush, Cheney, war, torture and executive orders, and it was anti-Constitution and anti-civil liberties. Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were nowhere to be found. No Child Left Behind and Medicare Plan D were front and center. The traditional conservatism of the Founding Fathers, Robert Taft and Russell Kirk didn’t exist beyond my bookshelf. The world-police and nation-building policies of Woodrow Wilson and the New Deal socialism of Franklin Roosevelt had become “conservative.” For constitutionalists and limited-government advocates, it sucked. Bad.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, is another example of outrageous and unconstitutional government intrusion.