DeMint Foregoing CPAC

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

As I again go out on a limb....Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) is the most recent "prominent" GOP legislator who has opted out of attending CPAC because of the inclusion of GOProud, a gay conservative group. In addition to his apparent concern over gays in the GOP he also has a problem with what he views as an increased libertarian tilt within CPAC.

While opting out of this year's gathering his spokesperson stated that he hopes to attend a unified event next year. One cannot help but presume he really means to attend -- only if GOProud and libertarians somehow just disappear.

This from Politico:

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will skip this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, making him the most prominent conservative figure yet to express objections to what critics see as a pro-gay, libertarian tilt to the 38-year-old event.

"With leading conservatives organizations not participating this year, Sen. DeMint will not be attending. He hopes to attend a unified CPAC next year," DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said in an e-mail.

Prominent social conservatives have dropped out of the event and criticized it for its inclusion of the gay conservative group GOProud. Rep. Jim Jordan, who heads the House's Republican Study Committee, also has
joined the boycott.

Libertarians and gays ain't going away. Nor should they. It seems only logical that if conservative republicans want to GROW the party its prominent members might well consider shedding their narrow and restricting dogma thereby expanding the party's tent. There are many conservative libertarians as well as gays. To shun an organization based on Mr. DeMint's reasoning just doesn't make sense. At least not to this independent conservative.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum


  1. How sad. DeMint was one of my favorite Senators.

  2. I don't get this, as WC Varones says here, DeMint is one of my favorite senators...a discouraging development for this libertarian kinda guy.

  3. A little more nuance, I don't think that the GOP should seek to 'expand the tent', rather they should stand true to limited government principles (Goldwater, anyone?), liberartarians, gays, Buddhists, atheists, nuns...everyone under the sun that believes that the Federal government is far too large and intrusive should be welcome in the movement. The fact that CPAC is more and more libertarian is a REALLY good indication of where the movemnent is headed (and it's a good thing).

  4. Good post Les... Seems there are a few who want to weed out their view of undesirables. But IMHO, the "undesirables" are the likes of RINOs and big spending big govt types...
    Isn't Freedom and liberty what we hope to "Conserve"? Perhaps Sen. DeMint Can be shown the error of his thinking...

  5. LCR - I am in total agreement with your 2'nd comment. Thanks for "expanding."

  6. John - Thanks. Your points are spot on as well.

  7. As someone who could be described as a social conservative (among many other perjorative descriptions) this is just plain stupid.

    You don't have to condone lifestyles to stand with someone on the principles of limited government and free markets.

  8. Seriously, if we broke ranks with everyone who had disgusting private behavior, committed immoral acts, or deviated from philosophical purity, we wouldn't have a party left.

    It's none of our business what consenting adults do in their private lives. It's not government's business either.

    We should neither promote nor ostracize gay behavior. The rules of publicly decency should apply to all. Live and let live, but maintain public decorum.

    Treating them like oppressed minorities is laughable. If their behavior results in unhealthy consequences, let it bite them.

    We know most of them are flaming socialists, but we shouldn't reject those who share our principles of liberty and good governance.

  9. I haven't seen evidence that ACU/CPAC is moving in a libertarian direction. The ACU gives DeMint a perfect score of 100, but they do the same for Thune and Cornyn. McCain and Corker are on their vaunted "conservative" list.

    Not knowing the GOProud platform or agenda, I don't know whether their inclusion at CPAC is a good idea or a bad one. But with the conspicuous absence of Jim DeMint and the Heritage Foundation this year, I'd say the effort to integrate GOProud has been a failure thus far.

    BTW, I'll be at CPAC in Feb. Hope to see some of you guys there.


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