Not only is the RNC going to have to go on the record about Common Core, but it will also have to go on the record about the Republican Party Platform’s statements on abortion and marriage. In the aftermath of the backtracks, flip-flops and general weaseling that Republicans have been doing on marriage over the last month, a group of well-known social conservatives took matters into hand and wrote to Reince Priebus. Today NBC News reported (via Hot Air):
Thirteen social conservatives, representing various influential groups, wrote Priebus ahead of the RNC’s quarterly meeting this week in Los Angeles to sternly rebuke the conclusions of a post-election report that advised Republican elected officials to adopt a softer tone toward social issues.
“We respectfully warn GOP Leadership that an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our constituents to their support,” concludes the letter, which was obtained by and independently verified by NBC News in advance of the meeting this week.
The letter further asks GOP committeemen to pass a resolution at their meeting this week re-affirming the party’s 2012 national platform, which includes language calling for bans on abortion and same-sex marriage.
“Chairman Priebus agrees that we must stand up for our conservative principles while we work together to grow our party and win elections and has been traveling the country with that message,” said Kirsten Kukowski, an RNC spokeswoman. Furthermore, she said that a resolution re-affirming the platform was currently being drafted, and would likely win approval from the full RNC this Friday….
The conservatives additionally expressed their anger at what they said was an insinuation that they had treated gays and lesbians unkindly.
“The fact that the party is strongly committed to traditional marriage has not prevented their involvement through GOProud or Log Cabin Republicans,” they wrote. “We deeply resent the insinuation that we have treated homosexuals unkindly personally.”
The signatories include Phyllis Schlafly and Dr. James Dobson. Schlafly had already written to Priebus on March 1, and my thinking is that she has been busy talking with others this past month. I’m glad to see them move forward with this letter at this time rather than allowing GOP leaders to try to be all things to all people. Margaret Thatcher said, “First you win the argument, then you win the vote.” Some Republicans need to grow a spine and some need to realize the importance of principles, but if all they want to be is Dem-Lite, then they’ll either lose their office or damage our country. The moderates who waffle and weave do great harm as they refuse to take on the Left even as they work to prevent conservatives from doing so.
In The GOP Elites v. the Republican Party Platform On Marriage I linked to a column written by Jeffrey Lord, GOP Elites and the Abolition of Marriage, and quoted from the pertinent sections on marriage in the Platform as well as the applicable statements on religious freedom. Here is the 2012 Republican Party Platform, and there’s always a link to it in the right sidebar in the list of Books & Primary Documents.
I thought about giving this post the headline, “Conservatives Challenge The RNC To Be Republicans!” The RNC has to decide whether they will be a choice or an echo, and whether or not they will fade away in pale pastels or take a stand in bold colors. Reagan spoke to the issues of 1975, but the choice and challenge remain the same.
I don ‘t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party” — when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents….
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?…
A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.
I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.
UPDATE: April 12, 2013: RNC Unanimously Passes Pro-Marriage & Anti-Common Core Resolutions
Image modified from a sign in a photograph posted at the NOM Blog.