The Republican model needs to be shattered, and the shards swept into the trash, and then burned. And then pulverized, and then launched into outer space, along with the country clubbers whose inept captaincy capsized the ship.
Step 1 of the rebuilding effort
Stop talking about religion. The anti-abortion plank should stay, because it is a legitimate point of debate over the fate of human life in its most innocent form, but any politician caught uttering the word rape should immediately be sodomized with the microphone he used to blurt out his moronic remarks. He should then be horsewhipped, branded with garish and graphic naked women tattoos on his face and forearms, and released into the angry feminist heart of academia, where he will be made to endure lectures from stern women sporting armpit hair and PhDs in Gender Studies.
Towards a More Libertarian GOP
The GOP must abandon its agenda for the last millennium (does anybody know what the GOP stands for?) and adopt a simple libertarian one. How libertarian? No more so than the founding fathers. They have a ready-made list of issues known as the Bill of Rights. Granted, we don’t have to worry about the government quartering soldiers in our homes, but many amendments need to be loudly and repeatedly restated and expounded upon. Does it bother anyone on the left besides Nat Hentoff and Glen Greenwald that the 4th Amendment is dead?
Throw in the rest of the constitution, and the Declaration of Independence, and you have an excellent program for electoral success that cuts across all racial, cultural, religious gender and sexual preference lines. The Left-Right model is old and needs to be scrapped. The new debate is where to place the boundary between sovereignty of the individual and sovereignty of the state. Liberty is a winning issue. The GOP should try it.
The God Thing
Here is what the GOP position on Christian morality should be:
We support the right of all churches and religions to preach their message in the public marketplace of ideas, and we reject all government violations of their religious beliefs.
This is not controversial. Unitarians, Methodists and Episcopalians are free to perform gay marriages, while Baptists, Mormons and Catholics are equally free to refrain from doing so, as they preach the evils of homosexuality. It’s an ecclesiastical and theological controversy, and therefore no business of the state.
That’s it. No more. The GOP should not be a Christian party, but rather The Constitutional Party. A staunch defense of the Constitutional rights of all Americans is the best way to preserve your own religious rights.
Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's (Mark 12:17)