Musings on the Election: Followup

Clearly, I’m not the only one who thinks that the GOP needs to reorient toward the libertarian faction and away from the social con/religious right faction. How the Republican Party Can Create a New Winning Coalition

1. Religious Freedom. The religious right has held the reins of the Republican Party for far too long — and has driven it straight over a cliff. A fertilized egg is not a person. A woman has a right to get an abortion. Homosexuals deserve equal rights. The government should not subsidize religious institutions, fund religious education, or censor Biblically-incorrect expression.

At the same time, people have the right to worship as they see fit — so long as they respect the rights of others — or not to worship at all. People have the right to teach their children their values, whether at home or at privately funded religious schools. Religion must stay out of politics, and the state must stay out of religion.

Religious voters can remain a part of a winning GOP coalition, so long as their goal is to keep politics out of religion, not inject religion into politics. Abortion bans and fear mongering about homosexuals can no longer be the litmus tests of primaries. Republican candidates must clearly endorse the separation of church and state, a separation necessary for the protection of both church and state.

As for those who insist on imposing God’s alleged will on the rest of us, let them join their compatriots on the left — as many are already doing. They can only corrupt and impede a new liberty coalition.

Volokh Conspiracy: Return of the Conservative-Libertarian Coalition? A New Libertarian-Conservative Coalition?

I’m sure that more than ten minutes’ surfing would turn up a lot more such articles.

Let’s hope that the Republicans can finally turn away from legislating morality. Not only does it not work, it often provokes the very behavior it tries to quash.

2 thoughts on “Musings on the Election: Followup

  1. errhead

    legislating morality is craptastic
    but one upside of pandering to the socialcons is the appointment of strict constructionists to the supreme court. the side effect of working so hard to overturn roe vs wade is getting justices who grok a limited federal government of enumerated powers

  2. Tim Bruhn

    I’m probably overstating the obvious, but the reason why I and many people of my era oppose the current state of the Republican party is because of how entrenched they seemingly are with the Conservative Religious movement.

    There’s no way I could support a party that continuously attempts to squash civil liberties in the name of their doctrines. That, to me, is the poison pill that I’ll never swallow.


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