The Republican Party has always sent pro-lifers to the back of the bus. Happy to have us walking the precincts and manning the telephones and polling places, party hacks offer us nothing but empty promises when it comes to defending the rights of the unborn and the traditional family. The arrogance of the big-spending, earmarking establishment helped fuel the taxpayer revolution and it's one of the reasons the tea party doesn't trust the Republican Party.
CPAC's welcome of Go Proud is one more example of the willingness of establishment Republicans to ignore as irrelevant the country's moral disintegration and the millions of social conservatives whose first priority is the family starting with its tiniest members. If Republicans follow that same tired path, I suspect they will return the gavel to liberal democrats by the next election.
Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, says this about the social and fiscal issues:
When social conservatives and fiscal conservatives work together, we win. End of discussion. When fiscal and social conservatives united, Reagan won in 1980. When fiscal and social conservatives united in 1994, conservatives carried the day. When fiscal and social conservatives united in 2000, George Bush won, though both sides were very disappointed in his administration.Phillips says at least 50% of tea party supporters are social issue conservatives. (Go here.) Will the Republican elite repeat the mistakes of the past by dissing pro-life, pro-family supporters...again? Will they gut the tea party movement? Time will tell. We have the momentum for now, but the capacity for the stupid party to get it wrong seems unlimited.
History cannot be denied. When fiscal and social conservatives unite, we win. Any group that seeks to divide the two needs to be viewed with suspicion because when the two are separated, we end up with bad, losing candidates.