Our Editor emeritus and founder Erick Erickson sure knows how to stir things up. His remarks and writings on the Boy Scouts and same-sex marriage are the subject of an editorial at HuffPo by Anthony Michael Kreis (a Doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia and Political Committee Co-Chair, HRC-Atlanta Steering Committee) condemning Erickson’s view on those topics as “recklessness” and “low-brow” discourse. Kreis calls on “moderates” to speak out against what he calls “…self-promoting, willfully ignorant commentary [that] is unworthy to be called political discourse. It is time that moderates openly engage in conversation to reject base politics of anti-gay and strip it of credibility.”
Personally, I don’t believe the social issues are winning ones for Republicans anymore, and a that a fundamental tenet of conservatism is the the right to be left alone – a live-and-let-live mentality, which obviously defines me as a shamefully silent moderate to those on the left, and a RINO to those on the right. Cue Stealers Wheel. I’m also probably the only person on Earth who believes that social conservatives and same-sex marriage advocates could probably agree on the parts of this issue that are really tax reforms -which are, when you get right down to what would actually be changed, comprises the bulk of the issue. The rest is just plumbing.
Your mileage may vary.