More Than Ever, So-Cons Need to Speak Up and Bring God Into the Debate
Fiscal conservatism and social conservatism are not mutually exclusive. Yet gay conservatives and a handful of tea parties have written a letter to the leaders of Congress declaring the Tea Party should be concerned only with fiscal matters, not issues with religious overtones. But social conservatives (so-cons) believe our country was founded on Christian principles which necessarily mingle with the social, political, economic, and philosophical.
In response to the GOProud letter, a group of conservatives including Tea Party members drafted their own Declaration of Conservative Leaders in Support Of Senator Jim DeMint letter to Congress about the huge part he played in turning the House red in the November elections. DeMint has stood by his convictions that social issues do in fact seriously impact the bottom line.
One Tea Party spokesperson in a Politico article:
Letter signatory Everett Wilkinson, coordinator of the Florida Tea Party Patriots, said that his group encourages people interested in social issues to find an outlet for their passions - just not the Tea Party Patriots.
"We really don't focus on any social issues," he said.
What the anti-social issues crowd doesn’t care to address is that programs like taxpayer funded abortions along with the newest push for free birth control—not to mention severe cuts to Medicare—cut right to the heart of why debt-producing leviathans like Obamacare must be repealed. Fiscal conservatism is inextricably linked to social issues.
In the same Politico article, GOProud's co-founder and Chairman Christopher Barron says:
“We're not talking about pushing social conservatives out of the tea party movement. Those people aren't only welcome but they're a critical part of this movement." said Barron.
Get it? Those people? After having attended Glenn Beck’s 8/28 rally in D.C., I came away with a surprising conclusion about the nature of ‘those people.’ When speakers on stage voiced their belief in God, or in Jesus, everyone clapped and cheered. That’s right. Not just a few were simpatico, but most of the crowd joined in at those moments.
This experience told me more than any polls out there. The Tea Party is comprised of religiously minded social conservatives. Were there people in the 8/28 crowd who did not want social issues to become part of the new Republican agenda? Probably, but they would be in the minority.
So, how is it that a recent poll by HotAir showed 72% of Tea Party members said they prefer to focus on fiscal conservatism even if it means our nation becomes socially liberal? Because tea partiers still have a long way to go in understanding why our country is falling.
During the last ten years, the Left has marginalized anybody who would dare to bring God into the political arena. Through the use of the mainstream media, the Left has even convinced present day Tea Party members that social issues, aka God issues, have no place in debate on fiscal policy. As a result, law abiding Americans bought into the lie that traditional religious type thinkers were a thing of the past and should be treated as weirdos, racist, Astroturf, fringe groups.
But this is exactly what has been lacking when government officials make decisions regarding our lives and livelihoods. We need to bring God back into the equation. Then we will be able to bring about life-affirming change to every individual who seeks to be free in America.