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The Blue and “Teh Ghey”—A Brewing Civil War on the Right?

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Posted on December 29 2010 5:00 pm
Jesse Hathaway survived the progressive re-education camps of Ohio University and the People’s Republik of Athens, and now lives and blogs in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Follow him on Teh Twitter, and become part of his Right Turns Only posse.
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Beware the homosexual conservative!

That’s what some social-conservative groups are warning organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, as two socially conservative advocacy groups announced that they would be boycotting the yearly political convention, started by the American Conservative Union and Young Americans for Freedom.

In the latest of a series of self-immolations, the group Concerned Women of America and the Family Research Council announced Monday that they would be boycotting CPAC because conservative group GOProud had been invited to participate. Today, conservative media watchdog group Media Research Council announced that it was also considering boycotting CPAC.

GOProud, founded by Christopher R. Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia, advocates small government conservatism at the level of federal public policy, and is famous for becoming the first gay rights organization to campaign against Democratic candidates, and for Republicans; their commercial, titled “The Real Democrats of Washington, DC,” attacked the openly gay Representative, Barney Frank, as well as Sen. Barbara Boxer and soon-to-be-former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Conservative punditress and former National Organization for Women chapter president Tammy Bruce was invited by Barron and LaSalvia to take a leadership position in GOProud, adding to their right-wing street cred by leaps and bounds.

GOProud has been a controversial issue at CPAC, as some leading social conservatives were afraid that they would catch the virulent and deadly virus called “Teh Ghey,” if they were seen in public with conservative people who were sexually attracted to members of the same sex. Or something. I’m a bit fuzzy on why it matters what a person does in the privacy of his or her bedroom, as long as it doesn’t affect me, and is legal.

The first hint that social conservatives might have a problem with inviting Chris Barron—who is hardly a squishy moderate, if being the organizer of the Draft Cheney 2012 organization is any measure of Barron’s conservative chops—was in 2010, when anti-gay activist and “Young Americans for Freedom” organizer Ryan Sorba was invited to give a speech about his efforts to expose ACORN’s anti-American activities… and decided to condemn CPAC and everyone attending.

I’m sad to say that I shared the stage with Sorba, as I had been invited to speak on the panel for my efforts to expose government corruption going on in the People’s Republik of Athens, Ohio. As I say in a TownHall.com column about Sorba’s CPAC shenanigans, “every single person on stage with him was fighting the urge to facepalm.” I know I certainly was.

If you recall, Sorba’s on-stage bigotry was met by the filled-to-capacity Marriott Wardman Park Hotel auditorium booing him off the stage, much to the confusion and chagrin of progressive pundits who were hoping to see applause and approval.

While progressives are salivating over the idea of a crack-up on the Right over distractions such as GOProud members’ sexual orientations, we need to remember that such a potentially disasterous civil war isn’t inevitable, and is definitely something to be avoided. So stop trying to start a civil war and start fighting the real enemy, you guys.

As we head into 2011 with a new majority in the US House of Representatives, and across America in local and state governments, obviously the Left will try to drive us apart and get us fighting against ourselves. It’s the oldest trick in the book: divide and conquer. Set Group A against Group B, let them fight and bleed each other, and then conquer both.

One would think that conservatives of all stripes would jump at the chance to forge new alliances with interested parties who share our core beliefs of self-determination and individualism, yet there are some among us who seem more interested in starting petty arguments and maintaining purities that never existed.

What some social conservatives fail to realize—willfully so, it sometimes seems—is that there’s plenty of  room for them in the movement.

Social conservatives… sit at the table with us. Pull up a seat. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we can’t take back America without your SoCon goodness. All we—and well, anyone else in what Barron terms the “leave-us-alone movement”, the “I can run my life better than Obama and the Democrats can” movement—want is for you to stop poking the rest of us in the eye, so we can see where we’re going, and where we need to be.

Jesse Hathaway survived the progressive re-education camps of Ohio University and the People’s Republik of Athens, and now lives and blogs in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC. Follow him on Teh Twitter, and become part of his Right Turns Only posse.

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