Before excerpting the latest article by Laurie Higgins I have a few comments. The controversy caused by Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady’s coming out of the closet for homosexual “marriage” has silver linings. First, it has, in dramatic fashion, shown what a complete fool he is in addition to his incompetence. Pat Brady’s so-called “leadership” has resulted in the loss of congressional seats here and so many General Assembly seats that the Dems now hold veto-proof majorities in both chambers. Even if he’d stayed quiet on homo “marriage” he’d have earned the boot.
Another potential positive is it is yet another learning moment for conservatives to grasp reality: we will not win the information war with the help of the old line media. Their extensive and rabid coverage of this matter has few precedents; they love the fact that the Illinois GOP has a “leader” like Brady. Why wouldn’t they? The media wants the Dems to be in charge and of course they’re all-in on the extremist left-wing social issues agenda.
It’s easy to see that Pat Brady has now done more damage to the Illinois Republican Party than former governor George Ryan. At the end of the day Ryan did as much damage to the GOP as Rod Blagojevich did to the Democratic Party (which is obviously negligible). Republicans in this state remain in the minority not because George Ryan went to prison but because of “leaders” like Pat Brady.
As I’ve stated quite often on these pages — personnel matters. For some odd reason successful people in the private sector come into politics and forget that elementary truth. The fact that the IL GOP State Central Committee has yet to toss Brady out on his ear is merely stark evidence that those who call for the Direct Elections of members of that body have been and still are correct.
Here are excerpts from Laurie Higgins’ recent post at the Illinois Family Action website — I’ve bolded my favorite paragraph — her adding in “teenagers” still makes me laugh:
Following the epic failure of the State Central Committee to oust the traitorous Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady on Saturday, conservatives were once more subjected to whining about the “BIG TENT” from unprincipled or ignorant Republicans.
What we should be asking is, “What part of this ginormous circus tent is reserved for those who believe that the legalization of “same-sex marriage” will harm children, families, religious liberty, speech rights, public education, and the fiscal health of the nation?”
GOP Chair Reince Priebus said this in a May 2012 press release:
“While President Obama has played politics on this issue, the Republican Party…[has] been clear. We support maintaining marriage between one man and one woman and would oppose any attempts to change that.”
His statement stands in stark contrast to this feckless statement from Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Protector-of- Pat:
“He’s on the right side of history, for God’s sake…For me, it’s being a total conservative that you’re really pushing family values. Gay marriage is a very conservative thing. Family is (one of) the building blocks of a community.”
What she fails to understand is that not all forms of family are marriages and that simply because two (or more) people have managed to acquire children to raise does not mean their relationship constitutes a marriage. Calling the union of two men or two women a marriage is the antithesis of conservative and the epitome of foolishness.
What our not-so-esteemed leaders are actually saying is that whether the government continues to recognize that marriage is a sexually complementary institution has no bearing on the public good, whereas an increase in the tax rate will have a calamitous effect on the public good.
Pat Brady is not leading. He’s following. And who is he following? He’s following Hollywood, “progressive” academics, the mainstream press and homosexual agitators—oh, and teenagers.