It appears that the Republican party is losing people left and right. To quote the Emperor from Star Wars.
“Now, you will pay the price for your lack of vision!”
via The Guardian
The cultural disconnect among Republican leaders is so severe that I just don’t think that the party can be saved
I’ve been a Republican activist all my life. As a volunteer and professional staffer, I held positions in party organizations and campaigns since high school. I was the ultimate partisan team player, even forming GOProud, an organization for gay conservatives and their allies. But I no longer recognize the party I grew up supporting, and I recently announced that I have changed my voter registration to “no party”.
I left the Republican party because it no longer represents my principles and values. I am a limited government conservative, yet Republicans today like big government, as long as they are in charge of it. I also don’t tolerate bigotry of any kind, and today’s party does. While most Republicans I’ve known over the years aren’t bigots, they tolerate and kowtow to the few who are. The wrong voices have dominated policy debates.
During the 2012 election campaign, I came to the conclusion that the Republican party is incapable of ever winning another national election, because the tolerance of anti-gay activist and other forms of bigotry in the party prevent too many voters from even considering voting for even the Republican candidate.
The organization I founded, GOProud, was the de facto “Gays for Mitt Romney” in the 2012 election. During that campaign, I saw that Romney was held captive and paralyzed with fear of retribution from anti-gay and other forces of intolerance in the GOP.
He couldn’t even do real outreach in the gay community and those who support gay rights for concern that he would be talking to “unapproved” groups. I am truly convinced that even if he wanted to reach out to the 47% of Americans who support gay marriage, he couldn’t have. The forces of intolerance wouldn’t have let him.
My first indication of this happened during the primary campaign when I made a small financial contribution to his campaign. Even though everyone else at the fundraising event I attended had their contribution correctly reported to the Federal Elections Commission, my occupation and employer was mysteriously listed as “requested”. I immediately knew that Romney didn’t want anyone to notice that the head of the gay organization was supporting his campaign.
After he secured the nomination, Romney wouldn’t stand up for my friend Richard Grenell when he was under fire from the anti-gay folks. Grenell had been hired as Romney’s foreign policy spokesman, but the intolerant wing of the GOP objected because he is openly gay. Romney failed to back his spokesman and Grenell felt compelled to leave his job with the campaign.
There were many more examples of Romney rejecting opportunities to stand up to the bigots and demonstrate some basic level inclusion. Many of them occurred at the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida.
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