“The Left” as a political group has a “big tent” policy: they never kick someone out of the tent for failure to agree on all issues. As long as they can agree on one thing–say, for example, Christians stink on ice–they get along like gangbusters. Nevermind the fact that one group would gleefully stone his feminist or homosexual allies if given the chance.
But shouldn’t conservatism be the biggest tent of all?
It’s bad enough to witness GOP establishment RINO Senator McCain call his fellow senator “wacko bird” and CPAC refuse to allow Chris Christie and GOProud to even attend their conference.
Then I read an article by some dude named Cliff Kincaid, in which he breezily asserts that there is no such thing as a “gay conservative” unless the term “conservative” has lost all meaning.
Look. You can believe that someone’s lifestyle is sinful as hell, and still let him in your tent. You can believe that a particular governor is way too RINO to be nominated to a leadership position, and still let him in your tent. You can believe that a certain brash young Senator is too libertarian, and still let him stay in your tent.
You can do this because that tent is so dang large. At this point in American politics, the conservative tent is so friggin’ immense that the folks who don’t get along can just stay on opposite ends and never even see each other!
What’s more, they never have to worry about whether their political ally would eventually try to stone them. This worry never arises because the single principle which supports this gigantic tent is such a rock solid foundation in and of itself:
That’s it. If one believes that he should be left alone to run his own life, and if he is willing to leave others alone to run theirs, well come on in. There’s plenty of room.
People may want to be left alone for different reasons, but the specifics aren’t mutually exclusive. You do your thing, and I’ll do mine.
The funniest part is the fact that conservatives didn’t even build this gigantic political tent. It was created for them by the pencil-pushing tyrants from all levels of government, county and city on up. The tent is strong, waterproof and wind resistant, for it is tightly woven with the myriad regulations and restrictions that chafe us all.
All conservatives have to do is have enough sense to keep from chasing everybody away.