Which One?

This isn’t even remotely funny …

… but it’s one of the issues at the core of why the GOP failed to get their guy into the White House this time around, and why they didn’t make any headway in the Senate.  I was watching the BBC report the news as the election results first came in up until they declared Obama the winner … mostly because I didn’t think I’d be able to stand either CNN’s holograms or MSNBC doing much of anything.  Anyway it was around 11:00 when things started wrapping up and they asked for some commentary by the GOP and Democratic strategists they had sitting at the table.  The GOP guy went on to say that one of the most significant problems they’ve been having is their ability to bring other demographics into the fold – blacks, Asians, Latinos (especially), low income women, and homosexuals.

That’s a big list.  But that wasn’t their problem per se.  The entire situation has been packaged as some sort of organizational issue, where all that’s needed is more attention on “bringing in” more people of the non-white male demographic through better outreach.  Maybe send out Marco Rubio on more photoshoots and all will be well.

What they fail to see – and what will forever plague their party – is that the reason for their failure to connect with so many other members of the American population is that their platform contains positions and policies that are overtly hostile to them.  I cannot fathom how intellectually careless they have to be in order to think that it could be anything else, but there it is.  Here are some examples:

They want to treat homosexuals as second class citizens without the right to secular marriage … because God …

That is why Congressional Republicans took the lead in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of States and the federal government not to recognize same-sex relationships licensed in other jurisdictions. The current Administration’s open defiance of this constitutional principle – in its handling of immigration cases, in federal personnel benefits, in allowing a same-sex marriage at a military base, and in refusing to defend DOMA in the courts – makes a mockery of the President’s inaugural oath. We commend the United States House of Representatives and State Attorneys General who have defended these laws when they have been attacked in the courts. We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We applaud the citizens of the majority of States which have enshrined in their constitutions the traditional concept of marriage, and we support the campaigns underway in several other States to do so.

They also think that the Boy Scouts of America, who regularly discriminate against homosexuals and those who don’t share their belief in God, are the victims …

We support the First Amendment right of freedom of association of the Boy Scouts of America and other service organizations whose values are under assault and condemn the State blacklisting of religious groups which decline to arrange adoptions by same-sex couples. We condemn the hate campaigns, threats of violence, and vandalism by proponents of same-sex marriage against advocates of traditional marriage and call for a federal investigation into attempts to deny religious believers their civil rights.

They think their personal beliefs in a god and the afterlife should trump a woman’s ability to obtain contraception or abortion services …

The most offensive instance of this war on religion has been the current Administration’s attempt to compel faith-related institutions, as well as believing individuals, to contravene their deeply held religious, moral, or ethical beliefs regarding health services, traditional marriage, or abortion. This forcible secularization of religious and religiously affiliated organizations, including faith-based hospitals and colleges, has been in tandem with the current Administration’s audacity in declaring which faith-related activities are, or are not, protected by the First Amendment – an unprecedented aggression repudiated by a unanimous Supreme Court in its Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC decision. We pledge to respect the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard the independence of their institutions from government.

They also think Christianity should be exempt from the Establishment Clause because it’s special …

We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and of our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage, and we affirm the right of students to engage in prayer at public school events in public schools and to have equal access to public schools and other public facilities to accommodate religious freedom in the public square.

They oppose a woman’s right to decide on her own – or with the assistance of her doctor – whether to carry her pregnancy to term …

Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life.

Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and permitted States to extend health care coverage to children before birth. […] We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions – gender discrimination in its most lethal form – [WHEN DOES THIS HAPPEN??] and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. We call for a ban on the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. 

There’s plenty more – like their stance on abstinence only education and their opposition to “indoctrination” in schools by the Evil Left (read: evolution and secular moral philosophy) – but you get the idea.  The GOP has bent over backwards to make it almost impossible for a woman to be able to access places like Planned Parenthood because 3% of their services involve abortions.  They’re willing to sacrifice all of the other work they do to prevent STDs and cancer in order to send a message rooted in bad science and Christian dogma.

That same dogma has convinced a number of them that there are “shades of gray” when it comes to rape, and that only some would qualify a woman for an abortion.  But it has to be pretty violent, and she had to have been a virgin beforehand.  Otherwise she must have been asking for it.  The fact that this conversation even exists is proof enough of the dangerously backward way the GOP views women and their autonomy.

Guys, if you want the inclusion you so desperately need, you might want to start with everything you are, throwing it away, and starting fresh.  If you and your followers are truly convinced that the election of a president who advocates better access to health care, a woman’s reproductive rights, equal treatment of homosexuals, and the advancement of secularism for a truly diverse yet united citizenry is a sign of the end times, then maybe the problem is you.

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