I have been out of town for the past few days, attending the Right Online conference put on by Americans for Prosperity in Las Vegas, where I met dozens of fantastic conservative voices from blogs and media a like and I will post an article about the conference soon.
One of the most important things that I learned was that, no matter what any one’s personal opinion of my sexuality was, they welcomed me to the conservative movement with open arms. They held no disregard for me nor did they have any wish to restrict my life in any way. These are the people whose voices are heard by the current President and the GOP nominee for President on a daily basis. We are not silent, we make ourselves known, but that does not mean that we become like liberals. Bad mouthing and attacking our fellow conservatives that have disagreements with us. One of the things that was said at the conference was that we need to have each others backs now, because as conservatives (especially those in the New Media) grow as a movement, liberals will see us as an even bigger target and we can’t afford to be tearing each other down.
I regularly call myself a lesbian conservative, but perhaps that should be reversed. I am a conservative lesbian. Especially in this day and age.
If we had a choice between a Democratic candidate who could fix our country and a Republican candidate who could fix our country, then I would consider their stances on social issues before I would consider who I voted for. I care about this country more than I care about myself and I will choose the best president for the country as a whole.
We do not have the luxury of infighting during this election year. Romney must win. Obamacannot win because I fully believe that if Obama has a second term (no matter how that would affect gay marriage or any other gay issue) he would do irreparable damage to this country and I am not willing to allow that to happen.
I will make something else clear. This blog is open to all members of OutRight Patriots to write on. Despite this, the views expressed on this blog do not represent the views of all the members. While I consider Heine911 a friend, I do not hold the same views that she does.
“Gay rights” are pretty far the hell down on my list of priorities for this country, while clearly they still brush the upper tier of Heine911′s list.
At the same time that I respect my difference of opinion with Heine911, I am hugely offended by the treatment that two of the best conservatives that I know, ConservativeCathy and CrisAP, when Heine911 stated that they were frightened by their responsibility as a voter or conservative. I know for a fact that they will both “hold [Mitt Romney's] feet to the fire” and hold him responsible for his actions as a President. Her assertion, in the comments of one of her posts that asking questions of Mitt Romney brought “out legions of flying monkeys shrieking and flinging poop” was not only rude, but incorrect if you looked at the comments of the 2 Romney supporters on the blogs. They responded to her concerns honestly and with evidence in many cases to back up their political beliefs. Heine911′s description of their views would have you believing that they were common liberal trolls on a blog post, which they were not. If anything, they gave more evidence in their comments than Heine911 gave in hers.
However, I don’t want this to become a ‘he said/she said’ set of accusations about who was right or who was wrong in the exchange that occurred over the last few days.
The luxury of infighting and sniping at each other over our slight differences in opinion will come back after we have a President in office who doesn’t seem to be invested in destroying America and it’s interests. It is irresponsible on a huge scale to not do everything in our power to get Obama out of the office and get Romney in the office.
I only want to make it clear that, as one of the founding members of this organization, that conservatives and libertarians of many different views are welcome and I hope that we can stop the sniping and fighting between ourselves…as issues like this are the ones that have typically made me uncomfortable in the liberal gay community. I don’t feel welcome in a group where my beliefs are constantly being belittled and attacked and must be defended at every turn. That is not the intention of this group.