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CNN's S.E. Cupp Battles Ralph Reed: GOP Should Make Conservative Case for Gay Marriage
Prompted by the escalating Cheney family feud, Crossfire co-host and conservative S.E. Cupp battled Faith and Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed on Tuesda…
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It is hard to fix a specific starting date for the progressive race to the Great Society, writes Jonah Goldberg, but a good guess might be 1888, the year [when socialist] Edward Bellamy’s novelLooking Backwardburst on the American scene. Set in the year 2000, this futuristic book depicts a utopian society run with the hierarchical efficiency of a military battalion. All workers in this idealized world belong to a unified industrial army that labors within the confines of an economy controlled by a coterie of central planners who are deemed to be more capable of fostering prosperity and productivity than is a free marketplace. A preacher in the story lauds the earthly paradise, while the population at large looks back upon the age of individualism with a blend of amusement and derision.
Bellamy’s book became immensely influential, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. It was particularly effective at setting afire the hearts of idealistic young people who were moved by the author’s vision of a socialist utopia. All across America, Nationalist Clubs were formed to advocate for the nationalization of industryand the promotion of the brotherhood of humanity. Bellamy presented his utopia as a forum for the genuine expression of Jesus Christ’s teachings. The author’s cousin Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister who penned the Pledge of Allegiance, shared this perspective, as he stated forthrightly in a sermon titled Jesus, the Socialist.
By the turn of the 20th century, many intellectuals had wedded this socialist-utopian vision with the psychological confidence spawned by the technological and scientific advances of the age. People saw that they clearly lived in an eraof progress, where, for the first time in human history, the darkness of night had been overcome by the electric light; where the need for efficient, safe transportation had been met by the automobile; and where the chains of gravity had been broken by the airplane. The ability of scientific ingenuity and expertise to master the physical world, suggested that similar mastery might be achievable in the realms of politics and economics; i.e., that an intellectual elite might be able to assess society’s defects and prescribe appropriate remedies. That belief was part and parcel of theprogressive vision that flourished in America from the 1890s through the 1920s.
As progressives saw things, most societal flaws were attributable to capitalism’sinherent injustices. Foremost among those flaws was economic inequality the plainly observable reality that some people lived in poverty while others basked in splendor. Progressives saw these inequalities as by-products of the industrial age, which had enabled some innovators and entrepreneurs to earn vast fortunes that contrasted sharply with the destitution of others among whom were people whose traditional livelihoods may have been rendered obsolete by technological advances. Progressives also believed that industrialization had led to social disintegration and materialistic decadence throughout America.
Byprogressives’ reckoning,solving the foregoing problems would require government intervention on a very large scale. Affluent progressives in particular led the chorus of criticisms against the gap between rich and poor. Giving voice to their sentiments, in 1899 the economist Thorstein Veblen published Theory of the Leisure Class, which ridiculed symbols of affluence and tarred the allegedly greedy leisure class as the conservative class.
Progressivism soon evolved into an umbrella label for a host of economic, political, social, and moral reforms aimed at curing the ills of American society. Some of these reforms were quite beneficial, and indeed necessary, as they provided social mechanisms that allowed the U.S. to make a peaceful transition into 20th-century life.
The Progressive Era was, among other things, theage of muckrakers journalists and authors who sought to expose the corrupt underbelly of industrial-age America and, by extension, of capitalism itself. Muckrakers called attention to such negative trends as child labor, urban poverty, government corruption, ruthless business practices, dangerous factory conditions, and the horrors of lynching. Major progressive projects included the elimination of red-light districts from American cities; the enactment of minimum-wage laws; the provision of industrial-accident insurance; restrictions on child labor; legislation to regulate the meat-packing, drug, and railroad industries; laws to improve working conditions; the strengthening ofanti-trust laws; and the formation of a vibrant conservation movement.
A number of progressive reforms also made their influence felt in the American political system.For instance:
According to R.J. Pestritto, author of American Progressivism, Americas original Progressives were also its original, big-government liberals. They set thestage for the New Deal principles of Franklin Delano Roosevelt,who cited the progressives especially Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson as the major influences on his ideas about government. Theprogressives, Pestritto says,wanted a thorough transformation in Americas principles of government, from a government permanently dedicated to securing individual liberty to one whose ends and scope would change to take on any and all social and economic ills.
In the progressive worldview,the proper role of government was not to confine itself to regulating a limitedrange of human activities as the founders had stipulated, but rather to inject itself into whatever realms the times seemed to demand.The progressivesreasoned that although America’sfounders had felt it necessaryto limit the power of government because oftheir experience with King George III, government, as a result of historical evolution, was no longer the menace it once had been;rather, they believed government had becomecapable of solving an ever-greater array of societal problems — problemsthe founders could never have envisioned. Consequently,the progressives called fora more activist government whose regulation ofpeople’s lives was properly determined not by theoutdated words of an anachronistic Constitution, but by whatever the American people seemed to need at any given time.
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We all want the same things in life. We want freedom; we want the chance for prosperity; we want as few people suffering as possible; we want healthy children; we want to have crime-free streets. The argument is how to achieve them
Liberalsbelieve in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems.
Conservativesbelieve in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.
NOTE: The terms left and right define opposite ends of the political spectrum. In the United States, liberals are referred to as the left or left-wing and conservatives are referred to as the right or right-wing. On the U.S. political map, blue represents the Democratic Party (which generally upholds liberal principles) and red represents the Republican party (which generally upholds conservative principles).
LiberalA woman has the right to decide what happens with her body. A fetus is not a human life, so it does not have separate individual rights. The government should provide taxpayer funded abortions for women who cannot afford them. The decision to have an abortion is a personal choice ofa woman regarding her own body and the government must protect this right. Women have the right to affordable, safe and legal abortions, including partial birth abortion.
ConservativeHuman life begins at conception. Abortion is the murder of a human being. An unborn baby, as a living human being, has separate rights from those of the mother. Oppose taxpayer-funded abortion. Taxpayer dollars should not be used for the government to provide abortions.Support legislation to prohibit partial birth abortions, called the “Partial Birth Abortion* Ban”(*Partial Birth Abortion: the killing of an unborn baby of at least 20 weeks by pulling it out of the birth canal with forceps, but leaving the head inside. An incision is made in the back of the baby’s neck and the brain tissue is suctioned out. The head is then removed from the uterus.)
LiberalDue to prevalent racism in the past, minorities were deprived of the same education and employment opportunities as whites. The government must work to make up for that. America is still a racist society, therefore a federal affirmative action law is necessary. Due to unequal opportunity, minorities still lag behind whites in all statistical measurements of success.
ConservativeIndividuals should be admitted to schools and hired for jobs based on their ability. It is unfair to use race as a factor in the selection process. Reverse-discrimination is not a solution for racism. Some individuals in society are racist, but American society as a whole is not. Preferential treatment of certain races through affirmative action is wrong.
LiberalThe death penalty should be abolished. It is inhumane and is cruel and unusual’ punishment. Imprisonment is the appropriate punishment for murder. Every execution risks killing an innocent person.
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Published: Sept. 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM
PHOENIX, Sept. 10 (UPI) — An effort to put a pro-gay marriage ballot initiative before Arizona voters will be delayed from 2014 until at least 2016, organizers said.
The decision came after a deep divide among same-sex marriage supporters, some of whom wanted to press ahead with a 2014 effort while others said waiting an extra two years would offer a greater chance of passage, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.
The 2014 effort was led by Equal Marriage Arizona, a grassroots group the leaders of which said they didn’t have enough support from national LGBT groups to continue pressing for a 2014 vote.
“The various LGBT advocacy groups in the state and nationally announced they weren’t going to throw their support behind the initiative,” said Equal Marriage Arizona co-chair Erin Ogletree Simpson, a retired Tucson attorney who chairs the Log Cabin Republicans of Arizona. “Without their help, we aren’t able to do it.”
Equal Marriage Arizona had only collected a fraction of the 259,000 signatures required to get the measure on the ballot.
Other gay rights groups said holding off until 2016 makes more sense. In presidential election years turnout is higher, generally a more favorable climate for liberal groups. Also, it allows for a demographic shift to taken further hold. Young people overwhelmingly support allowing gay couples to marry and waiting until 2016 means more of them are eligible to vote. It also allows for a sustained fundraising and organizational effort that rushing to put it in the 2014 ballot would prevent.
“There has really been concern about strategy, support and fundraising,” said Sheila Kloefkorn, who serves on the national board of the Human Rights Campaign. “We know what the sting of defeat feels like, and we can’t afford another defeat. While support is high, it’s not quite what we would need it (to) be for 2014.”
Arizona voters in 2008 passed a measure defining marriage as “between one man and one woman.” The same-sex marriage initiative seeks to change that definition to “a union between two people.”
Conservative groups hailed the decision by pro-gay marriage groups to call off the 2014 campaign as a victory.
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has hired former state Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady to lobby for a same-sex marriage bill in Springfield, months after his own support of gay marriage sparked a controversy that led to his resignation.
The ACLU confirmed Tuesday that it has hired Next Generation Public Affairs, the lobbying and public relations firm Brady co-founded after he left his party job in May.
I think the very core of the conservative movement, which I consider myself a part of, is application of equality under the law for all, Brady said Tuesday in an interview with WBEZ.
Brady will focus on lobbying House Republicans in hopes of getting the same-sex marriage bill passed during this falls veto session, he said. Hell also tap the political donors he cultivated during his four years as party chairman to raise money for groups that support gay marriage, and for Republican lawmakers who may be hesitant to cast a yes vote, fearing a challenge in next years primary.
Bradys hiring comes after the ACLU launched a $10 million national push in June, aimed at winning support for same-sex marriage from Republican lawmakers and voters in a handful of states, including Illinois.
Steve Schmidt, a GOP strategist who was formerly a top advisor to Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCains 2008 presidential campaign, is heading up the national effort.
Brady declined to say how much the ACLU is paying him.
He quit his unpaid party post May 6, following a months-long controversy sparked by his public support of same-sex marriage, a stance which contradicts the GOP platform. Brady rankled some party bosses on the State Central Committee when he announced his support for the bill without telling them first.
He survived an attempt to oust him in April, but there was a quiet agreement reached among party bosses that he would leave later on his own terms.
Despite the past controversy, Brady now says he has no problem working for the liberal ACLU, even if it means taking flak from social conservatives.
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Two years ago, a socially conservative member of Labor’s national executive forecast the government losing seats in Queensland and Sydney’s west if it backed gay marriage.
Joe de Bruyn, the veteran secretary of the right-wing shop assistants’ union, made that call when Julia Gillard opposed marriage equality as prime minister.
With Kevin Rudd’s recent pro-gay marriage conversion now an election issue, de Bruyn may have had a point when it comes to voters in the outer suburbs of Australia’s big cities.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s description this week of same-sex marriage as “fashion of the moment” may even strike a chord with parts of middle Australia.
But his conservative position is unlikely to be so popular in Liberal-held Brisbane, where Teresa Gambaro is defending a wafer thin 1.1 per cent margin.
This weekend, Australian Marriage Equality is distributing leaflets in the cosmopolitan centre of Queensland’s capital, highlighting Gambaro’s ambivalence on the issue.
Social researcher Mark McCrindle says Rudd’s embrace of change will probably help Labor’s Fiona McNamara in Brisbane, and also in the nearby seat of Moreton, where government backbencher Graham Perrett is defending an equally thin 1.1 per cent margin.
The inner-urban seats also have higher than average proportions of university-educated professionals.
“They will actually tick the box on symbolism,” Mr McCrindle told AAP.
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