Those who oppose treating the military as a social engineering laboratory for the Gay Left’s agenda should consider turning their ire against a new target: pro-gay “conservatives” and their establishment Republican allies. As I noted two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy “unconstitutional” — a decision that certainly would have surprised James Madison or General Washington. The Obama administration essentially threw the case, making, in Phillips’ words, “no affirmative case” against DADT’s repeal, which the president is on record supporting.
John Gizzi reported in Human Events this weekend that Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is “pleading” with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, not to address the Log Cabin Republicans next week. The Log Cabin Republicans is a homosexual Republican group that occasionally describes itself as “conservative.”
It is also the group that brought the successful lawsuit against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Why are Cornyn and the NRSC kowtowing to the very group that just used judicial activism to impose a policy that will weaken the military during the middle of two wars? Sadly, a cohort of leading “conservatives” have spent several years telling their traditional elder brothers in the movement to sit down, shut up, and unfurl the rainbow flag of our new effeminate fighting force.
The cultural revolution has been embraced wholeheartedly by the usual gang of pseudoconservatives, “former” liberals/radicals, and RINOs. One flashpoint emerged this weekend, when WorldNetDaily‘s Joseph Farah debated the head of the gay “conservative” organization GOProud at WND’s “Take Back America” conference. A similar fissure opened up last December, when GOProud sponsored the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). However, the homosexuals’ anti-military argument has been taken up by those who are not homosexuals.
Arguments in favor of putting gays in the military have come from FrumForum — but also from certain commentators at The Weekly Standard (Michael Goldfarb, specifically). Bill O’Reilly’s aptly named “Culture Warrior,” Margaret Hoover, supports repealing DADT. (Hoover’s great-grandfather, President Herbert Hoover, was also a forgotten economic progressive. There’s no denying the Hoover brand has been pure gold for the Republican Party.) Although John McCain opposes the repeal, his daughter Meghan wrote on her Twitter page Friday, “I am a supporter of LGBT rights and am against DADT – I fight every day.” She and her mother, Cindy McCain, also posed for pictures opposing California’s Proposition 8, the overwhelmingly popular voter initiative to ban gay marriage.
However, Charles Krauthammer was perhaps the most gratuitous in his offense against traditional conservatives. In March, he said he supported the Obama administration putting homosexuals into the military and added, “I think it’s a form of discrimination that’s sort of outlived itself.” (Krauthammer is far from the only “national security conservative” to accuse those who believe in traditional morality of “prejudice.”)
This kind of defection from 6,000 years of Western moral tradition and social stability weakens conservatives’ ability to preserve our disintegrating national culture.
Although many of these call themselves “national security conservatives,” they urge the Right to embrace the ideology of the Left (identity politics), enforced by the means of the Left (judicial fiat), serving the goals of the Left (cultural radicalization). Indeed, affirming the Log Cabin Republicans and other “gay conservatives” who support hate crimes laws, gays in the military, and redefining marriage weakens the institution their advocates say they cherish above all: the U.S. military.