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Calvin Freiburger

How “Conservative” Is Conservative Enough?

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Posted on February 12 2010 11:46 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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Rule No. 1 of American politics: expect the unexpected.

If you’d have told me a year ago that I – a pro-life, pro-gun, tax-cutting defense hawk opposed to affirmative action and gay marriage – would ever be called a “squishy liberal,” I’d have laughed at the sheer absurdity of the prediction.

I’m not laughing anymore.

Well, okay, I am – it’s pretty darn funny – but you get the idea.  Today one of our conservative commenters demonstrated that there’s just no pleasing some people, and one of our liberal guests subsequently used his words to prove my point for me:

John Doe:

Soooo, because liberals are upset about it, and because undecideds might be turned off by the idea, this guy should be fired for expressing his personal opinion? Presumably the man has a family, kids. You want him FIRED?!!! I think you should re-evaluate whether you are a true conservative, or you are just another “the ends justifies the means” squishy liberal. Because a position that you agree with is allegedly harmed (anti-gay marriage) you want this man fired for his personal opinion. I’ll pass this off as youthful exuberance, but I am really pissed off by your lack of critical thinking. How about we change it around and ask Calvin: Should homosexuals be fired because they are queer? I’m sure the ready response would be NO. Yet he wants this guy fired for having the guts to express his personal opinion. The disgusting thought police on crude display hath been exposed.

Now, if you had just said it was politically stupid of him, because he is in the minority, and just complained about it, I’d have no problems with your position. But wanting him fired??? Dude, WTF!?

Calvin Freiburger:

“Squishy liberal”? Excuse me?! I leave the quality of my writing over the past several years for others to determine, but my record as a conservative, my opposition to unprincipled RINOs and other moderates, and my refusal to kowtow to liberal demonization and intimidation tactics are all beyond dispute. To suggest otherwise because I bristle at the idea of THROWING GAY PEOPLE IN JAIL is the real “lack of critical thinking” here.

He was not simply “expressing his personal opinion.” He went on national television to represent one of the largest social-conservative advocacy groups in the country. He was representing FRC’s members and indirectly speaking for every one of us who shares FRC’s mission. Given his prominence, he had to know what he had to say would be seen as representative of mainstream so-con thought. “Family, kids”? Come on, it’s not as if I want him sent to a gulag. He’s a professional who should have no trouble finding another job. WorldNetDaily, for instance, would probably love him!

No, his stupidity set the movement to protect marriage back big-time, possibly years. The difference between other times “liberals are upset” and this is: USUALLY LIBERALS ARE LYING, and this time, they aren’t. In the past, whenever I’ve made the case for true marriage, I’ve been able to draw clear distinctions between it and the slanderous accusations usually made against us. I could say, “it’s not as if we want to start throwing them in jail.”

I can’t say that any more, now can I?

Indeed, look no further than dongard’s comment below. You’ve played right into his hands. I think you’re delusional if you doubt that this has tremendous potential to hurt marriage.

“Thought police”? Get a grip. One of the things I always admired about the Right was that we actually had standards, that we were less likely to make excuse for our own when they screwed up, less likely to shill ourselves out to anybody with an “R” after their name or agreed with our agenda. Sprigg is serving a cause, and his actions have hurt that cause.

The only way I see that FRC could have made this right was by promptly canning him – sending a clear message that he neither spoke for the group nor for the rest of the country’s conservatives and Christians. Firing him now would salvage things a little, but because they have left the rest of us on the firing line for their blunder, much of the damage is probably irreversible.

dongard:

Calvin: I was hoping to write out a thoughtful answer to your request to provide evidence that a substantial number of christians agree with Sprigg. But until then I leave you to ponder John Doe’s response. Sprigg appeared on a national news show as an agent of the FRC. He was invited because he represents them. It is not creditable that he was there in a purely personal capacity. He and everyone else knows this. The laws of agency are fully appropiate in this case. If Sprigg was indeed there in his personal capacity and did not represent the views of the FRC, where are the retractions or explanations from the FRC?

So then John Doe’s comments are delibrately misleading. Whether or not he has a wife and kids is an obvious attempt to play the pity card. this has nothing to do with thought police and everything to do with professional responsibility in service of an anti-gay agenda on both Spriggs and quite possibly John Doe’s part.

Calvin Freiburger:

As you can see, I don’t disagree with the implications of FRC’s silence, or Doe’s words, to their own views. But I do have to say, I am not aware of FRC having made gay criminalization one of their legislative priorities, and as somebody very familiar with conservative thought both at the grassroots and among the pundit class, this is the first time I have ever heard anybody approaching mainstream voice such an opinion. I’m still skeptical that there is a considerable percentage of Christians or conservatives who would criminalize homosexuality today.

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