Friday, January 25, 2013

Will GOP Go Pro-abortion in Addition to Pro-Gay?

As evidenced with the Mitt Romney campaign, and more so after his loss, the Republican Party leadership is clearly supportive of "homosexual rights."  However, now as the party discusses a "re-start," pressure is building both by the leadership, and from the liberal mainstream media to force a formal change in the GOP platform to jettison opposition to hot-button issues like abortion and the Gay Agenda.

For background, read More GOP Congressmen Proudly Fund Abortionists, Gay Agenda and also read GOP Rising Star Jindal Pushes Liberalized Contraceptives as well as Republicans Accepting Gay Agenda More and More

The years-long drumbeat continues as the GOP Establishment & Media Say: Ignore Abortion & Gay Agenda

UPDATE 1/24/14: Biblical Beliefs Unacceptable to Illinois GOP Leaders

UPDATE 12/14/13: GOP Funds Pro-abortion Homosexual Candidates

From "Jindal: GOP Must Stop Being 'Stupid Party'" by The Associated Press 1/24/13

In the keynote address at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, [Louisiana Gov. Bobby] Jindal said the GOP doesn't need to change its values but "might need to change just about everything else we are doing."

"We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults," he said. "We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I'm here to say we've had enough of that."

Down-ticket Republican candidates alienated female voters by backing new abortion laws in a handful of swing states like Virginia and New Hampshire, while Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri hurt himself and his party by declaring that women's bodies could prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

Hours before the speech, Republican leaders promised to release in March a report, dubbed the "Growth and Opportunity Project," outlining recommendations on party rules and messaging designed to appeal to a rapidly changing American electorate.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "One Tough-Talking Nerd: Bobby Jindal Brands Himself as Republican Reformer" by Beth Reinhard, National Journal 1/25/13

. . . Jindal wrote a Wall Street Journal column last month calling for birth control to be sold over the counter. He made the novel argument that selling it over the counter would remove religious objections to requirements that employers or insurers to cover birth control, and it would preclude Democrats from using contraception as a wedge issue to get women votes.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "At Winter Gathering, GOP Asks: Where Do We Go From Here?" by Don Gonyea, National Public Radio 1/24/13

. . . [GOP] Chairman Reince Priebus has posed some questions to party members nationally in a video posted online: "What do you think the party must do better? Where do we go in the future? This is your chance to make your voice heard — and we're listening."

. . . he said. "Listen, we've got to grow our party without compromising our principles. That's the bottom line."

And while Republicans have alienated many voters who might be fiscal conservatives but don't like the party's positions on social issues, [GOP insider Saul] Anuzis says: "I just think we have to be cognizant of the fact that you can approach it in such a way that is open and inclusive and tolerant and understanding of other people's positions."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Will gay marriage stance cost GOP chairman his job?" by Kerry Lester, Daily Herald (Chicago suburbs) 1/24/13

[Illinois GOP chairman Pat Brady of St. Charles] is under fire for recent statements he made supporting same-sex marriage.

The public clash between the conservative and moderate wings of the Illinois GOP comes as the party is working to win several key upcoming elections in a traditionally blue state.

Brady, through a statement and calls to lawmakers earlier this month, voiced his full support of same-sex marriage legislation being considered by the General Assembly. Brady said he did so as a private citizen, and not in his capacity as party chairman.

"I did it because I feel that it is discrimination," said Brady, an attorney and former federal prosecutor. "We need to get these issues behind us and start focusing on the issues where people like our message. Like fiscal issues."

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Will the GOP go gay?: ‘Not anytime soon’ says former presidential contender Gary Bauer" by Kirsten Andersen, 1/23/13

The Republican Party platform holds that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, but homosexual activists both within the party and without would like to see that change.  A growing number of gay advocacy groups are now targeting the GOP, not for defeat, but for assimilation.

Another group, Freedom to Marry, has launched a sub-group called “Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry,” which describes itself as “a campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America.”

[Gary] Bauer, who now heads American Values – a group that promotes traditional marriage within the Republican Party – told LSN “To the extent that young people, including growing numbers of young Christians support same-sex “marriage,” he said, “it’s not a failure of the GOP, it is a failure of the culture and the church.”

Said Bauer, “It’s a mistake to expect political parties to have the main responsibility in winning cultural and moral debates.  Parties surrender on things when it’s being lost outside of politics. Right now you have a lot of confusion in the church, a lot of people who won’t speak up about things, a lot of religious leaders that are avoiding the issue.  I don’t think we can expect the Republican Party to save us when even the church won’t do it.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Why Republicans should stop talking about Roe v. Wade" by Aaron Blake, Washington Post 1/22/13

As they are with issues like gay marriage and illegal immigration . . . Republicans are now caught between their base and the general public.

While much of the GOP base remains firmly anti-abortion rights and those most passionate conservatives would like to see Roe overturned, Republicans need to recognize more broadly that overturning Roe is no longer sound politics.

Abortion [is] . . . still a wedge issue that is increasingly working against the GOP and risks turning off female voters, who stuck by President Obama more than a lot of other demographics in 2012.

The question is whether the GOP will allow their party to accept the political realities of the abortion issue.

To read the entire (liberal) opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Liberals Lament: Pro-life Position Prevails as every reliable Poll Shows Most Americans Pro-life

UPDATE 1/25/13 - Liberal Huffington Post says GOP placating Christians, besides being out-of-touch (video):