Evolving thinking Republicans
By Robert T. Smith
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio is prolifically featured in the main-stream media news recently, due to his sudden evolving thinking on homosexual marriage. The main-stream media propaganda arm of the Democrat party is always willing to provide glowing and voluminous coverage for any Republican who suddenly comes around to their way of thinking, the classic evolving thinking Republican.
Long outspoken against homosexual marriage, the Senator from Ohio recently came out in favor of homosexual marriage. The Senator's sudden epiphany and evolution occurred only after finding that his son had chosen a lifestyle as a practicing homosexual.
The first, obvious problem with Senator Portman's evolution is that it certainly paints him as a classless, hypocrite. Senator Portman's relatively quick evolution from strong detractor to gleeful supporter of homosexual marriage occurred to him only upon hitting home in his own family. Regardless of what side of the issue you may be on, classless hypocrite is certainly an appropriate, deserved pejorative for Senator Portman's evolution.
Second and worse, is Senator Portman's assertion that his strongly held moral and religious beliefs could so easily be set aside as he evolved on this issue. What if the Senator's son had divulged he was a practicing cannibal, pedophile, check forger, alcoholic…ad infinitum?. Would the Senator suddenly have evolved his strongly held moral and religious thinking on these activities as well? Certainly, according to Senator Portman's self-described strongly held beliefs, he would never have found these other activities appropriate. Typical to the evolving Republican, the logic in the thinking is a bit skewed.
Most troubling is the Senator's claim to having strong religious beliefs. Claiming to have such strongly held beliefs and to love his son, his strongly held religious beliefs should have lead him to attempt to help, rather than enable his son's unrepentant, sinful activity. If the Senator was a truly caring father, with strongly held religious beliefs, wouldn't the appropriate response to his son's homosexual thoughts be to encourage him to not act upon them and even to seek psychological help if needed; a truly caring act of a father for his son's eternal soul.
Evident on the Republican side of the political equation is the divide between the stale and moss covered Republican stalwarts, as so aptly put by Senator Rand Paul at the recent CPAC convention, and the new and upcoming conservatives. The stale and mossy's seem to be those more prone to wander around in their evolving thinking, which brings into question their strongly held beliefs on any matter.
Perhaps those Republicans prone to evolving thinking, an apparent lack of strongly held beliefs, do not elicit the necessary qualities to excite the electorate and carry the day in an election against Democrats. As an independent or Democrat, why choose a Republican whose evolved thinking looks strangely like the Democrat's, or worse, as a Republican, why vote for a Republican who does not represent your strongly held beliefs?
What are the Republicans to do with this type of sloppy thinking, so many times evident in the stale and mossy's, like Senator Portman. Perhaps it is time for a truly evolving, thinking Republican party to arise and save a set of ideals, best described as Americanism.
Robert T. Smith is an environmental scientist who spends his days enjoying life and the pursuit of happiness with his family. He confesses to cling to his liberty, guns and religion, with antipathy toward the arrogant ruling elites throughout the country.