Why the candidate I support is … brokered convention

by CynthiaYockey on February 7, 2012

I’m still wrapping up my personal projects so I can return to blogging, so I’d been planning this post but hadn’t written it. However, Monday evening Erick Erickson announced on his radio show that the candidate he is endorsing as the Republican nominee for president is the Sweet Meteor of Death, or a brokered convention, whichever comes first, so I’m jumping in. He is joined in this by Allahpundit, who links to Erick’s explanation from his radio show (listen to the whole thing, it’s just 14 minutes) and now me. Although, technically, I pronounce “brokered convention” as “Seh-rah Pay-lin.”

I think Republicans have a lackluster field because social conservatives run off fiscal conservative/social liberals. They do not believe in Big Tent conservatism, or liberty, small government, nor, in practice, do they hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. They prevent or destroy the careers of any politician who is a true fiscal conservative and run out of the conservative tent the demographic groups who refuse to adopt their religion, to wit, gays and lesbians, uppity women and Jews — three groups that would benefit enormously from fiscal conservatism. They use loyalty oaths and conduct purges to force people to toe their line.

As a consequence, we have a field of social conservative candidates who have no vision or guiding principles as fiscal conservatives that they are willing to apply while in positions of power. Thanks to the mess Obama has made of the economy, a fiscal conservative with a clear vision of how to create jobs and restore our prosperity should win in a landslide. But we are running social conservatives instead. Basically, our candidate will be the Church Lady. I do not believe that a majority of Americans are going to vote for a candidate who makes it his platform to force his religion on them through the powers of government — especially if it’s the Mormon religion, which rigidly dominates virtually every aspect of Mormon lives and when it casts out heretics and apostates damns them to eternal non-existence.

Please read Allahpundit — it’s late and I can’t add much more value. However, I will say that I do plan to support the Republican nominee on the theory that we might be able to get better fiscal and national security policy from a Republican president than from Obama. But I am wary because the only thing that conservatives are really passionate about and ready to act on is the persecution of gays and women. Their modus operandi seems to be to promise fiscal conservatism to get elected, then postpone that agenda indefinitely while pursuing their social policy vendettas. This allows them to believe themselves to be fiscal conservatives AND socially conservative when, as a practical reality, there appears to be no such creature.

Phyllis Schlafly, mother of a gay son, and Maggie Gallagher, of the National Organization for Marriage, will be trying to whitewash this bait-and-switch on Saturday at CPAC in one of the main sessions with a forum entitled, “The Phony Divide Between Fiscal & Social Conservatives: Protecting Marriage as a Case Study.”* Beg to differ — the divide is real:

The short answer (to the question, “Why Sarah Palin is right about having a competitive primary season“) is that Mitt Romney isn’t a small-government conservative. The slightly longer answer is that Barack Obama has been – as he promised to be – a game-changer, and the 2012 election is the one in which libertarian anti-statism will either have a voice in the Republican Party, or will have to do something else.

This primary season is a fight for the character of the GOP. The fight is not the perennial standoff between “social cons” and “fiscal cons”; it is a long-postponed dispute over the size and charter of government, and how the GOP will approach it. It is the most basic possible dispute over ideas about man and the state and their consequences. It’s also a dispute only the Republican Party could have. The Democratic Party does not have such a diversity of viewpoint, at least not in any politically consequential way. The decision about whether America will continue on a fiscally unsustainable path of ever-growing statism comes down to the GOP’s fight with itself.

As a mother of a gay son, Phyllis Schlafly proudly opposes her own son’s equality and destroys his access to the right to create a family with the spouse of his choice. So she is the destroyer both of her own family and the family her son would create. I really do not follow how that constitutes “family values,” except as an intentionally deceitful label for the intentionally malicious destruction of the lives of people who are insufficiently useful to the purposes of totalitarian religions, a label that fools many good and altruistic people into committing atrocities that would horrify them if called by their true names.

*As one of the main sessions, it will be live streamed. Click here during the conference from Feb. 9 to 11 to see if it will have the live-streaming link.

Update, 2/7/12, Tues.:

Dan Riehl, in his own reserved way, also has some pithy observations on whether the conservative movement is now more “con” than movement toward the fiscal principles of liberty and limited government:

Gary Bauer aside, Bush 43 was correct, there’s more than enough evidence to conclude there is no genuine Conservative Movement in America today; mostly, it’s a term of art to define a fairly lucrative industry. Had there been, there would have been no need for the Tea Party to rise up; there would be at least one, if not more top notch conservatives running for President this year and the self-professed leaders of said movement would be leading something, as opposed to running book clubs, now fatted institutions and selling speeches to anyone interested in hearing them discuss Republican politics and some ideals they, in large part, don’t even fight for when it comes down to it.

Dan makes more points that are well worth reading. To make his point that there is a crisis in the conservative movement, he also quotes Reason’s Nick Gillespie:

At least since the election of St. Ronald Reagan, self-styled conservatives have repeatedly revealed themselves to be the biggest frauds or most delusional suckers in American politics. Conservatives ostensibly believe in limited government and individuals who are smart and moral enough to use voluntary associations and free markets to meet the needs of all God’s children. But under Reagan and, more recently, George W. Bush and a Republican Congress that spent like LBJ on a bourbon-fueled bender, they cheered an immense increase not just in federal outlays and borrowing but also in centralization of power in Washington.

Update, 2/7/12, Tues.: I want to remind my dear gentle readers that the gay community is a model of fiscal conservatism in practice because discrimination against gays and lesbians means that we can never depend on the government, or even our own families, for anything. We are forced to be self-reliant and to use “voluntary associations and free markets,” as Mr. Gillespie notes above, to meet our individual and community needs. Due to discrimination, quite a large number of lesbians and gays are entrepreneurs or self-employed professionals. We are one of the few groups in America that puts the principles of fiscal conservatism into practice. THAT is why there are gay conservatives and gay Republicans. We actually get fiscal conservatism as the foundation for liberty and prosperity.

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  • There is a real meat grinder in the GOP, or a sausage grinder as Cain said. I cannot understand why some GOPers want so badly to sell Romney as the anointed, inevitable one (just like Obama was sold last election)  http://t.co/KtfvvAeK.

    • Liz

      I don’t think anyone (bar Ann Coulter – what’s happened to her?) honestly sees Mittens as the annointed one. Do you have a source for your assertion.

      I think that Romney, heaven help us all, is the best of an appalling bunch.
       
      There is a particular brand of socon who will sit out and sulk if they don’t get a True Social Conservative. Well, I have news for y’all. If either Gingrich or Santorum is the GOP candidate, I’m staying home.

      • Which assertion?

        • Liz

          That anyone, bar Coulter, is promoting Mittens like Obama was promoted in 2008. I think it’s more a case of him being the “lesser of two weevils”.

  • Liz

    I think you need to distinguish between the rational and irrational socons. (Yeah, I know I’m a broken record on this.)

    There are the socons who are decent, kind and hardworking. They fear for the future of their country.  They just want to live their lives, but they are perfectly amenable to reasonable arguments for marriage equality.

    (Incidentally, I think the left/Dems are so obnoxious and insulting when talking about  same sex marriage because they don’t actually want to enact it and antagonize blacks and Hispanics. If they were reasonable about it, they’d convince many socons, and that would be disastrous.) 

    Then there are the socons who want MOAR power, just in socially conservative ways. They tend to be the people who can’t make it in the real world, so they go into politics. 

    • Thank you, Liz. I think you have described the situation very well. I do draw a distinction for both the Right and Left between altruistic and idealistic people and the sociopaths who exploit them for power and wealth. I should come up with terms that make the distinction. For social conservatives on the Right, the distinction is between the altruistic ones who are inner-directed because they have grown up with a healthy inner self and the sociopaths, who are outer-directed by rules and laws and books. Sometimes the outer-directed got that way because their parents and/or religion imposed such total control over them as they were growing up that no real inner self was allowed to develop. This is a form of soul murder. Others were abused or stunted and thus could not develop a healthy and well-integrated inner self. Either way, they guide their lives by adherence to rules and use their intellect where healthy people would guide their behavior with their hearts.

  • I was rooting for Cain. I thought he would have revealed and neutralized the Dem double standard with minorities. He already got the expected scorn from Belafonte, Sharpton et al. But he caved in with the Dems’ weapon of choice for black Republicans: sexual harassment.

    I really wish the GOP could win the election, but I think that Romney, as good as a person can be, he lacks political savvy. That’s all. Gingrich is sometimes obnoxious and sometimes clueless in fiscal conservatism as Paul can be in foreign policy. Santorum is too socially conservative.

    Brokered convention should be the choice.

    • Who knows? Maybe “Brokered Convention” will build up some momentum as our best “not Mitt.”

  • I pronounce “brokered convention” the same way you do.

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