By Bryan Fischer
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Rand Paul is an appealing
candidate to many conservatives. But he has a fatal libertarian streak on
social issues that will make his candidacy in 2016 a non-starter for
According to Breitbart.com, Paul is urging the
Republican party to “soften on social issues.” But this is the one thing it
cannot do and remain the Republican party.
The GOP was founded in 1854 to
fight slavery and bigamy, those “twin relics of barbarism.” In other words, the
GOP came into existence to declare and defend a principled stand on the two
leading social issues of its day.
think that the Republican Party, in order to get bigger, will have to agree to
disagree on social issues. The Republican Party is not going to give up on
having quite a few people who do believe in traditional marriage. But the
Republican Party also has to find a place for young people and others who don’t
want to be festooned by those issues."
(I’m not sure “festooned” is the
word he was looking for here, as it means “a decorative chain or strip hanging between two points,”
but his overall meaning is clear.)
Let’s take Paul’s template and see if it would work for
the GOP in 1854 on the leading social issue of its day. Would Rand Paul have
said that because of the need to grow the party, we must “agree to disagree” on
slavery? Hardly. And it would not have mattered how many “millennials” thought
The Republican party changed history precisely because it
decided not to “agree to disagree.” It took a stand on the most significant
moral issue of the time and told millennials and everyone else, here’s where we
stand. If you stand somewhere else, then your home is in the Democratic party,
the party of slavery.
There certainly were many at the time that thought it was
political suicide to take such a fixed stand on such a controversial issue.
“Why, if we’re going to grow this party, we’ve got to have a big tent on social
issues. We’ve got to make room for slaveholders if we don’t want to alienate
half the country. We just ought to keep the government out of the slavery
business, and just leave that whole issue up to individuals. That’s how you get
the young’uns on board, tell ‘em they can have their slaves if they want ‘em
because we’re gonna be the party that wants to keep the government out of those
pesky social issues.”
To waffle on the major social issues of the day would have
been wrong for the GOP in 1854, and it’s just as wrong in 2014. The GOP did not
go soft on slavery, and every black man in America today has the GOP to thank
for standing without compromise on the side of the unalienable right to
If the GOP wouldn’t go soft on
liberty because of pro-slavery millennials, it shouldn’t go soft on marriage
because of pro-sodomy millennials.
says unambiguously, “Let marriage be held in honor among all” (Hebrews 13:4). I
looked up the word “all” in the Greek lexicon, and it means “all.” That
includes you and me, Sen. Rand Paul, the GOP, and the United States of America.
The GOP needs
to grasp that leadership is not capitulating to pro-homosexual millennials, but
persuading them of the superiority of natural marriage.
That’s not as
difficult as it sounds. Millions of millennials know the pain and heartache of
fractured homes and the soul-crushing impact of divorce. They want something
better for their marriages and their children, and they need political
leadership that will raise the guardrails that protect natural marriage, not
There is much I
admire about Sen. Paul. He is principled and unbudging on matters of his
political convictions. This makes him an enormous force for good when he is
right, and a danger when he is wrong.
On marriage, he
has made it clear that he will not fight for the fundamental social values that
have made America morally and spiritually strong. What good is it to have a
country in which the government is not listening in on the phone calls of
millennials if their lives have been wrecked by family implosion and their
bodies ravaged by sexually transmitted diseases?
unrestrained by morality is just license. We’ve had enough of that to last us
for the rest of the century.
Ted Cruz, on
the other hand, was asked by the Des Moines Register to respond to Sen. Paul’s
“Let’s just go AWOL” on social issues. He said,
“There are some who say the
Republican party should no longer stand for life. I don’t agree with that.
There are some who say the Republican party should no longer stand for
traditional marriage. I don’t agree with them either. I think that we should
continue to defend our shared values...We should continue to defend life and we
should continue to defend traditional marriage.”
when it comes to 2016, Rand Paul is not the guy. But Ted Cruz might be.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do
not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or
American Family Radio.)