The current agitation over Ann Coulter’s scheduled stint at the upcoming Left-whack extravaganza sponsored by GOProud, the national organization representing conservative gays and lesbians, offers a teachable moment for all of us concerted patriots intent on taking back America.
HomoCon 2010, billed as a party to celebrate gay conservatives, will be held in New York City on September 25th and will feature Ann Coulter as its headliner. But when Ms. Ann’s audacious appearance at this event was announced earlier this month, the predictable knee-jerk reactions flexed forth from the orthodox enclaves of the conservative community. The condemnations came from several conservative corners and, in one instance, involved some shabby shenanigans that were poured out for public consumption—I refer to the email correspondence made public by Joseph Farah of World Net Daily where he demanded an explanation from Ms. Coulter for her decision to speak at HomoCon. Whatever Mr. Farah’s agenda might have been for publishing private email correspondence, it is the Inimitable Ms. Ann who comes out on top.
I speak to a lot of groups and do not endorse them. I speak at Harvard and I certainly don’t endorse their views. I’ve spoken to Democratic groups and liberal Republican groups that loooove abortion. The main thing I do is speak on college campuses, which is about the equivalent of speaking at an al-Qaida conference. I’m sure I agree with GOProud more than I do with at least half of my college audiences. But in any event, giving a speech is not an endorsement of every position held by the people I’m speaking to. I was going to speak for you guys, I think you’re nuts on the birther thing (though I like you otherwise!).
But even as the anti-Ann nay sayers voiced their disfavor with the Right’s Queen of Mean, there were other conservative voices who took to the public platform to sing their support for conservative gays and lesbians and for GOProud. Jeff Dunetz wrote an unequivocal pro-GOProud article published on BigGovernment.com where he classified Farah and others of his ilk as the outside fringe of the conservative movement. And J. E. Dyer over at Hot Air took the politically pragmatic viewpoint and castigated conservatives for getting sidelined in this silly soap opera.
The common thread running through conservatism is the rejection of [fill-in-the-blank]-themed politics. This is what they like to call, in the negotiating trade, common ground. There’s way more common ground between Yay-Gay-Cons and Boo-Gay-Cons than there is disputed territory. Just as there’s a lot of common ground between libertarians and social conservatives on abortion, if we break it down as an issue of federalism, judicial activism, and government funding….We aren’t going to locate and focus on this common ground if we go around throwing hissy fits at each other every whipstitch.
The revelations to be gleaned from this faux fracas are two-fold. First, the conservative base, thanks in part to the Tea Party movement and the Left’s outright assault on our US republic, is no longer an exclusive clique of cultural conservative purists. There are definable segments within conservative ranks today that no longer buy into the social issues litmus test of true-blue conservatism. And whether from a personal point of view or a view to practicality, these new day conservatives shun the righteous rigidity of the Gingrich Generation. These conservative movers and shakers have grasped the basic precept of political reality, a reality that orthodox conservatives continue to discount: You can’t win long-term without creating coalitions.
The Coulter Clash also headlines the genuine grassroots political power of the Tea Party movement and signals this movement’s ability to reshape the American political landscape. It is not the clubbish chauvinism of traditional conservatism that is infusing the Left with fears for the future. To the contrary, it is the DIVERSITY of concerned citizens from all walks of life who share a love for our country and its constitution that is transforming the conservative crusade and sending shivers of trepidation up the legs of the Lefty legions.
Jeff Dunetz tagged his article at BigGovernment.com with a quote from Ronald Reagan. What better personage to turn to in these days of heady aspirations and hard realities than the Gipper: “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally, not a 20% traitor”.
It’s time to stop repeating the same old mistakes. It’s time to get smart. It’s tme to get savvy. It’s time to win.