More betrayal from the GOP. More reason to stop registering yourself as a Republican. For the 2012 presidential election, the Republican Party boldly proclaimed its platform as “Renewing American Values.” Among the “American values” the Republican Party vowed to “renew” was “Preserving and Protecting Traditional Marriage”: “The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social science studies that traditional marriage is best for children. Children raised in intact married families are more likely to attend college, are physically and emotionally healthier, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, engage in crime, or get pregnant outside of marriage. The success of marriage directly impacts the economic well-being of individuals. Furthermore, the future of marriage affects freedom. The lack of family formation not only leads to more government costs, but also to more government control over the lives of its citizens in all aspects. We recognize and honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the many burdens of parenting alone, even as we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage. We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.” Blah, blah, blah. All lies. Right after Mitt Romney “lost” (see “22 signs of Democrat Voter Fraud in 2012 Election”) the presidential election to the POS, noises began within the GOP and among so-called conservative pundits (like Sean Hannity) that, to win, the Republican Party should try to become “more appealing” to certain demographic groups, such as women and Hispanics. In other words, transform the GOP into a paler version of the Democratic Party by pandering to those groups and to hell with principles, values and beliefs! As if Democrat voters would actually be fooled and so switch to a paler imitation of the Democratic Party. Now we can attach names to some of those voices.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg reportsfor the New York Times, Feb. 26, 2013 that “dozens of prominent Republicans— including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.”
The document will be submitted this week to the Supreme Court in support of a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage, and all similar bans. The court will hear back-to-back arguments next month in that case and another pivotal gay rights case that challenges the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Legal analysts said the brief had the potential to sway conservative justices as much for the prominent names attached to it as for its legal arguments. The list of signers includes a string of Republican officials and influential thinkers — 75 as of Monday evening — who are not ordinarily associated with gay rights advocacy, including some who are speaking out for the first time and others who have changed their previous positions. Ken Mehlman, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, who came out as gay several years ago, has spent months in quiet conversations with fellow Republicans to gather signatures for the brief. He is on the board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which brought the suit against Prop. 8.
Among the 75 RINO signatories of the brief are:
Jon M. Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor, who favored civil unions but opposed same-sex marriage during his 2012 presidential bid.
Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey.
William Weld and Jane Swift, both former governors of Massachusetts.
Meg Whitman, who supported Proposition 8 when she ran for California governor.
Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York.
Stephen J. Hadley, a Bush national security adviser.
Carlos Gutierrez, a commerce secretary to Mr. Bush.
James B. Comey, a top Bush Justice Department official.
David A. Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director.
Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House Republican leadership from Ohio who is retired from Congress.
Steve Schmidt, who was a senior adviser to the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Some high-profile Republicans who support same-sex marriage — including Laura Bush, the former first lady; Dick Cheney, the former vice president; and Colin L. Powell, a former secretary of state — were not on the list as of Monday.
The presence of so many well-known former officials suggests that once Republicans are out of public life they feel freer to speak out against the party’s official platform, which calls for amending the Constitution to define marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.”
“The ground on this is obviously changing, but it is changing more rapidly than people think,” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist and former House leadership aide who did not sign the brief. “I think that Republicans in the future are going to be a little bit more careful about focusing on these issues that tend to divide the party.” If the above doesn’t convince you that you’re wasting your time and $ with the GOP, take a look at my post of November 15, 2012,“Why the GOP won’t challenge vote fraud.“ So what’s next on the fickle Republican elite’s agenda? How about abortion? Why not? After all, those single women whose votes the GOP so covets are pro-abortion, and the party has to change to become more appealing to women! — and to Hell with the sanctity of human, albeit yet unborn, life, ~Eowyn
How to step off Air Force One with dignity while representing the greatest nation on earth….
I wear shorts in the summer, but only at home. I certainly would not wear this shabby trashy shorts outfit for a plane trip. And to think, MO wore this on Air Force One!
She should also wear a bra or, if she was wearing one, she should get a better-fitting one to lift up those saggy boobs.
But then this is the woman who said, in February 2008, that only when her husband’s presidential campaign caught fire did she feel proud of her country for the first time in her adult life. So we can hardly expect her to be sensitive to the dignity of the office of the President of the United States, or of being First Lady, or to what Air Force One symbolizes to the American people.
H/t beloved fellow May. ~Eowyn