There’s been some confusion about this event next month called Homocon, sponsored by GOProud, which bills itself as a Republican and conservative “gay” group.
At first glance, the group’s platform may have some appeal to conservatives – and I have no doubt that some of the group’s members actually vote Republican.
“GOProud represents gay conservatives and their allies,” claims a mission statement on the group’s website. “GOProud is committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy. GOProud promotes our traditional conservative agenda by influencing politics and policy at the federal level.”
But, to be sure, this group is a camel trying to get its nose under the tent of a movement it perceives as a threat to the radical homosexual agenda that includes same-sex marriage and open homosexuals serving in the U.S. military, among other things.
Exhibit A in my case is this quote from the chairman of the board of GOProud, Christopher Barron, from a Twitter posting of 4:04 p.m. Aug. 4, just before announcing his big coup – the signing of a speaking contract with conservative superstar Ann Coulter at his Homocon event in September: “We are a gay organization, we only work on gay issues, we have never claimed otherwise. My God people.”
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Some conservatives have tried to explain Coulter’s appearance at Homocon as part of the old Ronald Reagan philosophy – the so-called 80-20 rule: If you agree with someone 80 percent of the time and disagree 20 percent, then he’s your political ally. Maybe so.
But let’s evaluate the GOProud agenda through the prism of Reagan’s 80-20 rule.
Let’s call this Exhibit B in my case against GOProud.
Here is GOProud’s list of federal legislative priorities. The preamble states: “The so-called ‘gay agenda’ is defined by the left through a narrow prism of legislative goals. While hate crimes and employment protections may be worthy goals, there are many other important priorities that receive little attention from the gay community. GOProud’s agenda emphasizes conservative and libertarian principles that will improve the daily lives of all Americans, but especially gay and lesbian Americans.”
Note that the leftist calls for hate-crimes laws that have been used to squelch freedom of speech and religion and special employment protections for homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendereds are “worthy goals.” GOProud adopts the leftist homosexual agenda and actually expands it.
Here is GOProud’s 10-point “conservative agenda”:
- TAX REFORM – Death tax repeal; domestic partner tax equity, and other changes to the tax code that will provide equity for gays and lesbians; cut in the capital gains and corporate tax rates to jump start our economy and create jobs; a fairer, flatter and substantially simpler tax code.
- HEALTH-CARE REFORM – Free market health-care reform. Legislation that will allow for the purchase of insurance across state lines – expanding access to domestic partner benefits; emphasizing individual ownership of health-care insurance – such a shift would prevent discriminatory practices by an employer or the government.
- SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM – Bringing basic fairness to the Social Security system through the creation of inheritable personal savings accounts.
- DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL REPEAL – Repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
- HOLDING THE LINE ON SPENDING – Standing up for all taxpayers against wasteful and unneccessary (sic) spending to protect future generations from the mounting federal debt.
- FIGHTING GLOBAL EXTREMISTS – Standing strong against radical regimes who seek to criminalize gays and lesbians.
- DEFENDING OUR CONSTITUTION – Opposing any anti-gay federal marriage amendment.
- ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Package of free market reforms to encourage and support small businesses and entrepreneurship in the gay community.
- REVITALIZING OUR COMMUNITIES – A package of urban-related reforms; expanding historic tax preservation credits; support for school choice.
- DEFENDING OUR COMMUNITY – Protecting Second Amendment rights.
Notice that only four of the 10 priorities represent standard conservative positions – Nos. 3, 5, 9 and 10. But even some of those seem to be motivated more by self-interest than the general welfare.
That leaves us with six priorities that are antithetical to most conservatives:
- The kind of tax reform GOProud wants demands “domestic partner tax equity.”
- The kind of health-care reform GOProud wants demands expansion of benefits to “domestic partners.”
- GOProud wants open homosexuality flaunted in our military ranks.
- GOProud wants the U.S. standing up to extremists around the world not because they threaten the U.S. or oppress their own populations, but when they don’t legalize sodomy.
- Defending the Constitution in the eyes of GOProud means fighting for same-sex marriage.
- Encouraging community entrepreneurship means the federal government handing out perks to people based on their sexual proclivities.
So how’s that 80-20 rule apply? Not very well – unless you’re really talking about a 20-80 rule.
This represents GOProud’s public expression of its “conservative” agenda – in other words, its very best face.
Some conservatives have bought into the deception that GOProud is taking the conservative agenda to the homosexual world. In fact, GOProud’s agenda is actually a transparent program to take the homosexual agenda inside the conservative tent.
Well, maybe it’s not transparent enough. The organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the biggest annual gathering of conservatives, has fallen for it.
Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, who sits on GOProud’s board, has fallen for it.
And now Ann Coulter, conservative icon, has fallen for it.
Who will be next?
Have conservatives learned nothing about insidious attempts to subvert movements for self-government, the rule of law and the will of the people from within?
To quote Christopher Barron: “My God people!”