One by one, Principled Republicans have been emerging since the November elections. They have been emerging and stating their positions on what pundits call "social issues."
The Principles of Republicanism have been previously published on this website and can be accessed here.
Principled Republicans closeted themselves over a decade ago in the face of a relentless attack on their characters, their principles and their abilities to win elections. The attacks came primarily from self-proclaimed conservatives. The attackers forget that the main purpose of a major political party is to win elections.
Principled Republicans "believe the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability, and responsibility must be honored," and "believe in equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability," while they "believe Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom, and human rights throughout the world." Their beliefs again can be accessed here.
Over the last few weeks, Principled Republicans have been emerging with pro-gay marriage positions, including our Senator Mark Kirk, State Representative Ed Sullivan and State Senator Ron Sandack.
They have placed Republican Principles ahead of a Republican platform which contradicts those very same principles. These good Republicans and others are now under attack by groups and individuals that demand that all Republicans rigidly walk and think in lockstep with the "Republican platform." Like Communists demand of their membership. Like Socialists demand of their membership. Like Fascists demanded of their membership.
Political vampire groups have been busy raising money from Republicans for the express purpose of attacking Principled Republicans and to purge the party of them. These political vampire groups plan no purges of Democrats. Just Republicans. These groups do not even claim to be Republican, but are quick to judge in their own minds who is a good principled Republican.
And yes, it is all pretty strange.
For months I have been asking fellow Republicans what happens when our principles conflict with our platform. Many have responded that it is time to correct or amend the platform. The rest treat the platform as the Bible, which is not subject to amendments. Again, the Principles of Republicans can be accessed here. Those principles need to be carefully studied and understood. It's time to stop ignoring them.
Its time the Republican party return to the Principles of Republicanism which made it great. On social issues, it is time we respect the privacy and liberty of all Americans and stop paying lip service to or contradicting ourselves on those rights.
President Obama just a few months ago announced his support for gay marriage. Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton a few weeks ago announced her support for gay marriage. The press hardly mentions Democratic late converts to this issue, but feature only Republicans.
Senator Mark Kirk and those other elected principled Republican office holders, I support your principled stands on this particular social issue. I agree with your principled stands. I recognize that you all have a lot to lose in your political careers in taking such stands and I admire you for those stances.
I by comparison would have far less to lose. Any positions I hold in the Republican Party are unpaid elected or volunteer in nature. Should I find myself removed from those positions, I would lose nothing more than a little pride a few titles, and save considerable money and time in the process.
With that in mind, I too will publicly take a stand. From this point forward, where the Republican Platform conflicts with Principles of Republicanism, I will make it a point to stand on those principles.
Enough is enough.