Life isn’t fair. To be more specific, public opinion isn’t fair, and unfortunately, the lens of history is not fair.
How many of us remembering learning about the great depression of 1920? No, not the great depression that began in 1929 with the collapse of the Stock Market, but the depression that followed World War I? It lasted from January 1920, shortly after the war ended, and was done by July 1921. A mere 19 months. Economic historians may argue about the cause, (tight monetary policy vs drop in government spending) but the period that followed, “The Roaring 20’s” was a period of economic growth and prosperity. The policies of cutting taxes, while expanding the tax base are pretty much forgotten by the average American.
The Great Depression of 1929-1941 came in a couple of parts. One with Herbert Hoover as President, and another smaller recession when Roosevelt was in office. Ask the average American, and they will tell you how FDR saved our country’s Economy, and steered the nation through this crisis with public works projects, the creation of Social Security, and other parts of the New Deal. On the other hand, In May 1939, Treasury Secretary Henry J. Morgenthau Jr. said, “we are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work… I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started…And an enormous debt to boot.” Some economists have even agued that Roosevelt’s policies extended the depression much longer than it should have lasted.
Is it fair that Roosevelt gets the credit for saving the country? Of course not. Is it fair that L.B. Johnson and Nixon are blamed for Vietnam’s failures, when it was Kennedy who initially tripled the troop levels in 1961 and 1962? Is it fair that LBJ and the Democratic Party gets credit for the Civil Right Act, that was supported mainly by the Republican Party, with the Democrats fighting against it? It is fair that Democrats get credit for economic expansion in the 1990’s- when it was Republican majorities that pushed for welfare reform and cutting government spending. (Although I give Clinton credit for being pragmatic enough to realize that you can’t fight against the other party in power…something our current President could learn a lot from) Is it fair that Bush is given a lot of blame for the great recession when it was both parties that presided over policies that let to the housing bubble?
All of these examples of public perception not always being on the right side of history.
We are coming to a tipping point in our country’s history. If we don’t elect a conservative in 2016, and have another 4 years of economic policy similar to the last 6, our economy will continue to sputter, and we will lose a lot of of our leadership roll in the world. Obama’s administration has pretty much failed at everything it has tried to do. Shovel-ready projects, cash for clunkers, foreign policy failures, pumping trillions of fake money into the economy to prop up the millionaires and the stock market, while dropping unemployment rate is made up of part-time jobs, with falling wages. Not to mention the race-bating, and politics of envy. America can’t afford another 5 or more years of this sort of failure. I am 100 percent positive that if we had elected Mitt Romney, our country would have been a lot better off today.
So where am I going with this? Conservatives believe in smaller government, in getting it out of people’s lives. This should include their private lives as well. It is not the government’s business, or mine who marries whom. It is not my business what consenting adults do in their bedrooms. It would be refreshing for Conservatives to simply stop fighting over the word “marriage”.
Yes, there are traditionalists out there, and I understand where they are coming from. But lets look at the facts. Are children better off being raised in a home with a mother and a father? Of course they are. Are they better off however, in a home with two loving gay parents, rather than with a straight AFDC recipient who has 5 children with 4 different baby daddies, and none of the fathers in the picture? Of course they are.
Science has shown us that Homosexuality is not a choice, but a product of genetic factors and uterine environment, so why was this ever a political issue? After all, if we believe in a creator, homosexuals are children of God just as much as the straight ones are. Does beating our chest for a dictionary definition of “marriage” bring more people to a conservative message? Of course it doesn’t. Conservatives should be fighting for values such as hard work, responsibility, self reliance, less government intrusion- all of these are universal, and very easy to explain to the voters.
This idea may piss off the religious right, but a change of heart would do a couple of big things 1) It takes away one of the wedge issues that Liberals beat Conservatives over the head with. 2) It puts Conservatives on the right side of history. Let’s face it- gay Americans are not going anywhere, regardless of weather or not we understand them. Lets sell them on our message of Economic prosperity, without sending them into the arms of the progressives who have brought our country to the brink of disaster.
We have a chance to get credit for not only the improved economy when we elect a conservative, but in the expansion of liberty and freedom to all Americans, regardless of who they are attracted to.
It is the right thing to do for the message of conservatism. It is the right thing to do for our country. It is just the right thing to do. Homosexual Americans are going to continue to see their rights expand weather we like it or not. We might as well get on board, and take credit for it.