What have conservatives said about the homosexualization of the military? (Answer: very little, except to accept it.)
I said last week that I wanted to look up mainstream conservatives’ responses to the overthrow of the prohibition of homosexuality in U.S. armed services, in order to check out my impression that they had largely surrendered to it, but I haven’t gotten around to doing so. If anyone has seen such articles, please send me the link or links. Thank you.
Kathlene M. has done some digging and found support for lifting the homosexual ban all over the conservative movement, ranging from the American Conservative Union and CPAC to Glenn Beck to Commentary to the “conservative” senator-elect Patrick Toomey to the Senate GOP caucus which did not put up a fight. Seventeen years after the conservative movement and congressional Republicans fought Clinton tooth and nail on homosexuals in the military and beat him, the conservative movement and the GOP lay down and died without a fight.
Kathlene M. writes:
I have been researching conservatives’ response to the repeal of the misnamed “DADT” law. Back in July, supposed Catholic Bill O’Reilly said that Obama should just repeal DADT. Social-libertarian Glenn Beck has agreed with O’Reilly about the non-significance of “gay-rights” issues. I was in shock a few weeks ago when I saw Glenn Beck on Bill O’Reilly’s show claiming that gay rights issues were not significant to him personally and therefore, by implication, they had no impact on conservative issues. [LA replies: While I’m not surprised by this news, I would just add that O’Reilly is not a conservative and has never called himself one.]Kathlene also sent this quote from an article (no link):
“CPAC [is] splintering due to [the] basic stance that “moral opposition to homosexuality is no longer welcome in the conservative movement … [ACU (the American Conservative Union) has] gone libertarian, that’s their focus,” said Mat Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, a public interest law firm. “Libertarianism is right on the economy, often wrong on national defense, and doesn’t care about social conservatism. Libertarians only respect one leg of the Reagan revolution, and you can’t stand for long on one leg.” [LA replies: I’m not surrprised. David Keene’s American Conservative Union has always been soft, always lacking in principles and ready to move to the “center,” i.e., the left.]Kathlene sends this article from WND about split between social conservatives and CPAC over the homosexual issue:
Biggest conservative names bidding goodbye to CPACEvan H. writes:
I was surprised to see that Ann Coulter is opposed to the homosexualization of the military and also opposed to women in the military.LA replies:
Coulter’s column was published December 8, ten days before the repeal was passed. The passage of the repeal was not broadly expected, and came as a shock. The test is, did someone raise alarms against the repeal after it was passed, or go silent or even voice approval, as we’ve seen so many conservatives have, their message to the conservative base being, “it was time for this to happen, accept it.”Max P. writes:
Pat Buchanan had a pretty good article entitled, “The Marines: Sacrificed for San Fransisco Values.”Kathlene writes:
This article at Commentary mirrors the MSM’s meme that if a pro-life hard-core Catholic can support DADT repeal, then it must be okay! There is a libertarian theme in this as well.Kathlene quotes an item from the lifesitenews.com:
Why did cultural conservatives lose the battle over “Don’t ask, don’t tell?”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 29, 2010 06:17 PM | Send