Tuesday, July 15, 2003

How to be a principled conservative:

1. Criticize Democrats for being insufficiently supportive of gay rights.

2. Vote for a Republican who is less supportive of gay rights than the Democratic opponent.

3. Go to 1.

If every conservative who is supposedly supportive of gay rights were to vote Democratic in 2004, gays would at least be protected from employment discrimination by 2006; if every conservative who is supposedly supportive of gay rights were to call their Republican Representative, Senator, or President and threaten to do so, gays might be protected before then. But how likely is that?

Until then, I have a request: if you are a conservative who is supportive of gay rights, before you criticize a Democrat for being insufficiently supportive of gay rights, state how you voted in federal elections in 2000 and 2002. For example: "Hi, I'm John. I voted for George Bush in 2000 and Saxby Chambliss and Jack Kingston in 2002." Then criticize. It will make it that much easier to dismiss you.