Meghan McCain is like the little engine that keeps on. No, I don’t mean “the little engine that could”, that’s cliche. Here is an example of a little engine that “keeps on”: Imagine the most socially awkward person you know. Now think about how that person constantly tries to get a laugh/simple acknowledgment from everyone they come in contact with. No matter how many times they tell a joke, it would never be funny. They should just give it, but they are persistant to the point that it becomes pitiful. Does that not sum up Meghan McCain perfectly? She is trying so hard to be a “maverick” and be the hip new face of the republican party that it’s verging on pitiful. Her efforts to modernize and rhinofy the Republican party are all in vain, because, quite honestly, she has no political muscle. Meaning, she’s not really convincing anyone except for a few readers of her blog and some college kids.
Her latest attempts at making the Republican party more congruous with what she thinks today’s values are include trying to warm conservatives up to the idea of gay marriage. She has about as much luck doing that as I would trying to convince liberals that George Bush was a good president. In her blog she states that:
If the Republican Party has any hope of gaining substantial support from a wider, younger base, we need to get past our anti-gay rhetoric. As you can image, the road for gay Republicans hasn’t been an easy one. Most find the words “homosexual” and “conservative” inherent contradictions, much the same way so many people can’t seem to reconcile fiscal conservatism and the bit-tent philosophy of freedom and justice for all.
Alright Meghan, while I think it’s great you are so passionate about your stance on the issues, a full party reform of the conservative stance on gay marriage is unrealistic. The overwhelming majority (myself included) of conservatives live based on Christian values, and a negative view of homosexuality is certainly one of those values. Having said that, and in Meghan’s defense, it’s also contradictory for a conservative Christian person to discriminate against a homomsexual person due to their “love interests”. While I don’t condone homosexuality, in my opinion witholding their rites in any form is just like the racial discrimination of the 60s. From there, it depends on whether you think marriage is an act of state or of the church. I side with it being an institution of the church, and seeing as Christianity (among other religions) frown upon homosexuality, they should not be forced to perform a same-sex marriage.
Anyway, my own views aside, what Meghan is trying to do is unrealistic, to put it nicely. At a time when the Republican party is going back to the conservative roots that brought us success under Reagan, she can’t preach her moderateness and expect much of a following. I’m sure you’ll see Hannity (blah.) rip into this at some point this week, so be on the look out! I’m sure we’ll hear more on this in the near future.
What do you think? Do you think it’s realistic for the Republican party to become accepting of homosexual marriage? Leave your comments below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you are having any trouble understanding what I’m trying to say, please ask me to clarify! I have tendancy to go off on unconnected tangents, and I would hate for someone to be confused on my view on any matter.
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