Friday, January 27, 2012

NC Republicans Alienating Their Young

An article in the Carolina Review, "UNC's Conservative Journal," suggests that young Republicans are not unanimously eager to follow their theocratic elders over the cliff.

The author, Peter McClelland, argues that true conservatives ought to vote against that notorious bit of church-before-state constitutional over-reach known as "Amendment One," which would in effect hang a pink star around the necks of North Carolina's gay citizens.

Amendment One appears "to threaten individual liberty," writes McClelland, "and exemplifies a government overstepping its bounds, which should trouble any conservative that prizes freedom and limited government."

We feel McClelland's pain over the stubborn obtuseness of his elders in the NC Republican Party:
It is a bit shocking how conservative politicians portray themselves as ardent defenders and proponents of the United States’ Federal Constitution only to betray its principles when it is politically popular with their [religious] base. The simplest Constitutional argument against this change to our state’s constitution is that the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the US guarantees that, “No State shall… deny to any person within its jurisdiction equal protection of the laws.”

McClelland goes on at some length about this "abomination" (yes, he uses that word), and his outcry might be a warning shot that the old bigots warming those seats in the NC General Assembly have lost touch with their own offspring.

Meanwhile ... the beat goes on, with another new Republican member of the General Assembly calling for the public hanging of abortion doctors.


Kathy S. said...

In a frightening bit of 6 degrees of separation, the CAROLINA REVIEW's founder Charlton Allen is running for office. Given my undergrad experiences with him (my organization took him to honor court), he's likely devised a politically expedient way to support the amendment.

Anonymous said...

No news here. Hardly anything that any political party advocates has the unanimous support of all it's members.

I am a Republican and will likely vote an substantially Republican ticket - but I do NOT support the constitutional ammendment.

Do Democrats support everything their party wants them to support?

Anonymous said...

Do Democrats support everything their party wants them to support?

Mstly yes, because they are lemmings that do not think for themselves.

Anonymous said...

I am a bit confused. My Liberal Democart friends who are opposed to the marrage amendment, do you still support the current law related to marriage in NC? I watched the interviews with Dalton and Fiason and as one begins to read through the lines, I thought I was hearing them say they are opposed to the amendment but support the law. The current law prohibits the marriage of same sex couples. So, the amendment is not needed. The question is do the Democrats support the removal of the law and oppose the amendent? Or are they just playing politics?

bettywhite said...

Speaking for myself, I do not support the amendment and I do not support the law, either. I am for full marriage rights for same-sex couples.