“It’s hard to see how a group like GOProud — purposely undermining the issue of marriage — can have a place at this conference,”And then Al Cardenas, the incoming chair of the American Conservative Union (ACU), the group which runs CPAC, states that,
“I’m not going to — for the sake of being inclusive — change the principles that have made the movement what it is.”
My question is, what happens when a movement does not become as monolithic as it supposes itself to be. What happens, and has already happened, when someone from the libertarian wing of Conservatism is pro-gay marriage. Does that make him less of a conservative? It seems as though to the social conservatives, as well as to Al Cardenas, it does.
But then it must be asked, to be a conservative, must you believe all things that are conservative? Or are you allowed to pick and choose what is the best policy. If you have to meet a certain list of criteria, could it not be said that conservatism the enemy of free thought and discourse?
Is there a place within conservatism for those who disagree with any of the three branches - the social conservatives, the fiscal conservatives, the neo-conservatives - or must all of those who agree with one and not the others be left out in the political cold. What do you all think?