Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Morning Briefing: Mutually Incompatible


Morning Briefing

For March 26, 2013

1.  'Gay Marriage' and Religious Freedom Are Not Compatible

The kids these days on the right are full of a great libertarian notion that "hey, let's just get the government out of marriage."

"Rock on," say other libertarians.

They then all smugly self-congratulate themselves, pat themselves on the back, and move on to other issues.

What they ignore is that the left will never take marriage out of the hands of the government. The left cannot. But it goes beyond that. The left cannot take marriage out of government because for so long it has been government through which marriages were legitimized to the public and the left must also use government to silence those, particularly the religious, who refuse to play along.

Let's ignore, for the sake of this post, that the Democracy of the Dead has settled for us that in society marriage should be between a man and woman as the best way to propagate the species.

The left has done an admirable job in secular society making the case that gay marriage merely allows a class of people to be happy and have what everyone else has.

The front on which the gay rights movement has failed is the religious and, in particular in the United States, the Christian front. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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2.  Undoing the 'Ginsberg' rules at the Spring RNC meeting

There was plenty of coverage of the rules changes during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa (where I was an at-large delegate from Virginia). Erick Erickson blogged about it. The Blaze picked it up. Daily Beast, too. NBC. HuffPo.

Long story short: The Romney campaign, through D.C. attorney Ben Ginsberg (and then-surrogate John Sununu), strong-armed the Rules Committee into changing a number of rules that would consolidate power with the campaign of the incumbent (thinking ahead to 2016, Romney's second term). Once the changes made it out of committee and to the floor, there was considerable objection as John Boehner presided over the vote to approve the rules. Virginia was unanimous in our opposition.

But Romney didn't win. And the rules changes won't have their intended effect.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

3.  Republican Rep. Barbara Sears Blocks Effort Against Obamacare

In early March, Ohio State Representative Ron Young and Rep. Andy Thompson introduced a bill known as, "The Health Care Freedom Act," (HCFA) that proposed a new line of defense against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or, Obamacare.  The bill, when passed, will prohibit health insurance companies in Ohio from accepting any federal funding that would trigger penalties for employers or individuals who aren't compliant with Obamacare.  Wednesday, when the bill was brought up in committee, opposition arose; but not only from the expected side of the aisle.  While the Democrats did balk at the bill, Republican Majority Floor Leader Barbara Sears also took issue with HCFA.  One needn't look too deep to understand why Sears wouldn't want the HCFA to pass in Ohio.  Not only has she received a substantial amount of financial contributions from the health care industry, she currently works at a health insurance provider and recently passed her own bill which helps implement Obamacare.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

4.  Rep. Bill Owens: Budget Nihilist

Last week the House voted on 6 different budget frameworks. Surprisingly, with so many budgets to choose from, Rep. Bill Owens couldn't bring himself to support a single one. He's a budget nihilist.

Owens' refusal to support any budget last week is a classic case of a Washington politician trying to have his cake and eat it too. By opposing everything and failing to offer an alternative, Owens is in effect endorsing the status quo: more tax and spend policies and more runaway deficits that hurt middle class families and future generations.

As the saying goes, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

5.  Jim Carrey's Anti-Gun Logic

Last night I engaged reported "funny man" Jim Carrey in a conversation on gun ownership. This was after his poorly-worded Twitter diatribe about how society needs to foster non-lethal forms of self defense. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson
Editor-in-Chief, RedState

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