An Open Letter to Libertarians

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By Steve Deace

Here’s a political reality at least some libertarians are going to have come to grips with: you’re going to have to choose homosexuality or a potential Rand Paul presidency in 2016.

It will be hard enough getting the mass of social conservatives mobilized in 2016 as it is after many of them already didn’t vote for Mitt Romney. If the Republican Party formally embraces homosexuality or says it won’t defend marriage anymore, even more of those people are bye-bye. If you couldn’t get them to get out and vote Republican with Barack Obama of all people as the alternative, then many of those people are just done voting for something they don’t believe in for good.

Marriage is an issue they believe deeply in. The liberals in the media know this, which is why they keep bringing this up. They’re trying to disintegrate the Republican Party on this issue, and by encouraging Christians to choose a political party over their faith you’re playing right into their hands. Keep going along with this, and you’ll learn what a Pyrrhic victory really looks like.

Whether you agree with it or not, or want Christians to change what they believe or not is irrelevant. It is what it is. This is what Christians have always believed, because it’s what the Bible and the church teaches. You’re not going to undo 2,000-plus years of orthodoxy. Rand could still get the nomination without those people I suppose, but if that were true I doubt he’d be spending so much time reaching out to them right now. If he didn’t need us, he’d be writing us off.

But suppose Rand does get the 2016 GOP nomination without us. Come the general election, you won’t be able to replace those voters. There are too many other Americans that are essentially wards of the state, so they’re not going to vote against their government gravy train. You’ll need the almost 3 million evangelicals that didn’t vote for Romney in 2012 but did vote in 2008 (not to mention the many Catholics who voted for McCain and not Romney as well), and they’re not going to overlook bedrock moral issues to vote simple economics. If that were true, they would’ve done it in the last election with the economy on the very brink of another recession.

Those are cold, hard truths. To deny them makes you just as prone to emotional magical thinking as liberals. And I know you’ll tell me that younger generations want marriage destroyed. So what? That doesn’t help Rand Paul in 2016, does it? The only time younger voters actually determined a presidential election anyway was in 2008, and even then their presence was overrated to some extent.

Besides, 30 years ago younger generations wanted child killing on demand, too, when the culture was trending that way and now the younger you go in the Republican Party the more pro-life you are. There are lots of things we believe when we’re younger we don’t believe once we grow up.

Grown-ups, by the way, look at reality and recognize it. So here’s some reality: you’ll have to choose homosexuality or a potential Rand Paul presidency in 2016. You won’t get both. Whine all you want, call Christians like me all the names you want, it won’t change the truth.

But don’t just take my word for it. How about my own state party chairman, who helped run Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa Caucus campaign? In an email this week to the Republican National Committee, Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker said:

Fellow RNC Members,

While inclusion is important, elected Republicans (we all know the most recent example) and National/State Party leaders who embrace so-called same sex marriage are doing grave harm to our party and the whole of society. Let’s not forget, so-called same sex marriage is an irreconcilable difference with the Republican Party’s largest constituency—committed Christians.

So it appears you now have a choice to make. You can choose homosexuality or winning a national election before the country falls apart. Think about that before you again jump on our Facebook walls to spew anti-Christian clichés that normally come from liberals, and call the people who agree with you on all the economic and education issues you’re fighting for various nasty names. If your response to this letter is to wash, rinse, and repeat that venom you’re simply confirming our suspicions, and making it less likely that a Rand Paul could ever become president by doing so.

Those of you liberty people who understand what I’m saying also have a responsibility to police your own. By continuing to allow some within your movement to target people a Rand Paul needs to become president and share many of his principles, you are tacitly participating in this self-destruction.

My momma taught me to clean up my own mess, which is why I’m not hesitant in holding my own people accountable. Maybe you should do the same?

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