I was speaking with a salesman yesterday who hates Libertarians because he thinks they are opposed to gay rights. Consider this a primer for those who consider Libertarians hardcore Republicans. The AP is running a story about the social policies the GOP hopes to change between now and the November elections.
Protection of marriage amendment? Check. Anti-flag burning legislation? Check. New abortion limits? Check.
Between now and the November elections, Republicans are penciling in plans to take action on social issues important to religious conservatives, the foundation of the GOP base, as they defend their congressional majority.
In a year where an unpopular war in Iraq has helped drive President Bush’s approval ratings below 40 percent, core conservatives whose turnout in November is vital to the party want assurances that they are not being taken for granted.
In addition to being in opposition to all of those items, we’re against the War in Iraq, too. Ed Thompson just covered one of those issues well:
The guy who ran for Wisconsin governor as “the voice of the common man” is calling state lawmakers bigots for picking on gays and lesbians.
Ed Thompson says the No. 1 issue in Wisconsin this year is defeating a Republican-backed constitutional amendment that would emphatically ban same-sex marriage and similar civil unions.
The proposed amendment is an “evil thing” that is “so incredibly wrong” it amounts to “lunacy,” Thompson declared last weekend at the state Libertarian political convention in Madison.
The GOP-run Legislature is attempting to “pass laws of prejudice against people,” Thompson told convention-goers. “If you can accept that, you’re not a Libertarian. You’re not even an American. You’re a bigot.”
Those are strong words coming from a hard-working, fun-loving, small-town bar and restaurant owner whose appeal in rural areas remains strong.
It’s also a sign that Wisconsin could become the first state in the union to defeat a needless and divisive constitutional attack on gay and lesbian love.
Thompson, you may recall, is the former mayor of Tomah who ran for governor as a Libertarian in 2002. He collected more votes — 185,000 — than any third-party candidate in modern state history.
Thompson’s tough talk drew a standing ovation and signaled that public perceptions and political momentum on the controversial issue are changing.
That seems pretty plain and simple to me.