I hate primary season. The quality of political blogs, and I’ll admit this one in particular, dives as rational discussion turns into the typical “my candidate is awesome, and yours is the spawn of Satan”.
And while Karen Handel absolutely rocks, and John Oxendine is commonly referred to around his labyrinth as Beelzebub Jr., there are times when you just have to take a step back and wish this crap was over so there could be sane conversation among grownups again.
Today’s case in point is this “uncomfortable” interview with Karen Handel by Doug Richards.
I have no problem with any candidate stating thier views on gay marriage, same sex benefits for domestic partners, etc.
I also don’t think for a moment that this is what the governor’s race is, or should be, about. Frankly, these aren’t issues I care about. They don’t affect me.
I do remember about 10 years ago, however, I was attending a training class and spent most of the breaks discussing the Bush vs. Gore election with a few folks. By the third or fourth day, one of them told me he wanted to vote for Bush because of his tax policies and his views on limited government (we both fell for that one), but he couldn’t because of the Republican parties hatred toward gays.
I actually told him that he had to understand that those issues weren’t important, and that he needed to understand how important the bigger picture was. Yep. I did. I was that dismissive and arrogant.
But to him, it was an important issue, and we continued to discuss it. And we discussed how, ultimately, when Republicans run on social issues, we tend to lose or and lose the issue one or two election cycles later. When we win, we usually have high profile hypocrites embarrass all of us who actually believe in social conservative values.
I sense that the Republican primary for Governor has turned into a contest of who can hate “the gays” more. Both Nathan Deal and Eric Johnson tried to use the gay issue in their response to news that Sarah Palin had endorsed Handel. Deal shopped various “gay” stories about Handel for months.
And yet, for most of us, it’s not our issue.
For those to whom it matters, they’ll probably end up voting for a Democrat.
I remember when the Republican party stood for limited government. There are a lot of things I don’t want the government to fund, and that’s fair discussion. But when we get into telling other folks how to live their life, we’re on the wrong direction for this party.
If you want to talk about lifestyle and sin, then meet me at church Sunday and let’s talk. If we want limited government, then let’s get back to talking about ways to actually get government out of our lives, tax us less, and ultimately, to have less control over our individual liberties.