Rand Paul Wants Conservatives to Compromise on Moral Issues

The Washington Post is reporting that Rand Paul is calling for conservatives to compromise on moral issues:

"I think that the Republican Party, in order to get bigger, will have to agree to disagree on social issues," Paul told vocativ.com. "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."

What’s a “social issue”? By describing killing unborn babies and legalizing same-sex marriage as “social issues,” he is purposely obscuring the issues, as liberals have done for decades. These aren’t social issues anymore than slavery is a social issue. They are moral issues.

Judges and elected representatives no longer have a basis for morality. Why is anything right or wrong? No one can say.

True social issues are what to wear at beach, where to dine out on Friday night, what movie to see, and where to go on vacation.

Can you imagine a talked-about presidential candidate in the 1950s saying that in order to increase the viability of a political party that opposition to civil rights needs to be toned down, that we need to agree to disagree on the issue in order to grow the party?

Why is it that leaders in the Republican Party seem always to argue that conservatives need to compromise their views? Why doesn’t Paul tell pro-abortionists and supporters of same-sex marriage to agree to disagree on these two issues and join with those who oppose killing unborn babies and people of the same sex marrying?

Rand and others are looking at poll numbers. A majority of young people support same-sex marriage. I suspect that a majority of young people and other groups like government welfare programs. Talk to college students about what they want. They want more government spending for their education.

Talk to the 47 million people who don’t pay taxes and the tens of millions of people who are on food stamps.

Why is it that libertarian types don’t call for a compromise on economic issues when a majority of voters obviously like many aspects of the welfare state?

Economic conservatives have an uphill battle fighting the entrenched welfare state. They don’t give into the majority by giving up their fiscal free market principles in order to grow the party. The people need to be taught that these principles are fundamental and violating them will lead to dreadful economic consequences.

Like abortion and marriage, economics is a moral issue. Using the power of the State to take money from some people so it can be given to other people is a moral issue. How does one compromise on the subject of stealing?

So how does someone who contends that killing unborn children and supporting same-sex marriage are moral wrongs compromise? How do they agree to disagree? How does a person compromise with a segregationist?

They will agree to disagree by leaving the party.


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  • You can call me Al

    Social issues seem to always be negotiable, if your views lean toward conservatism.

    Rand Paul will give away his shot at the presidency one social position at a time.

  • Sarah417

    I told you Rand Paul was a RINO. He endorsed Mitch McConnell and stated in a news interview that he (Paul) agreed with most of McConnell's votes while in Congress.

    We don't want the Republican Party to expand and we sure as heck are not going to compromise our values.

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  • Sarah417

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  • anniedawn

    I wonder if most Christians understand "FREEWILL". Gays and women who want abortions are exercising their "freewil". There is no such thing as a "homosexual" gene so therefore they are not "born that way" so it is "freewill". In this day and age a woman who gets pregnant isn't very smart although some are not willing participnts. There has been tons of information on God's views of the above and they ignore it at the risk of their eternal soul. Maybe they do not understand that on Judgement Day they have to answer for their behavior.

    • posthuf

      annie, I assure you Christians DO understand "freewill." The also understand that in the end they will answer to God, and God alone. All the "Yeah, we support your freewill to murder the unborn and engage in perverted sex" in the world won't abrogate the laws God gave us to live by thru Moses and Jesus Christ.

      And ignoring them won't change them!

      • anniedawn

        posthul. I did not say anything about changing OR ignoring these problems. I just stated a fact. All the laws in the world will NOT stop these actions. Only God!

        • Grey Winters

          Stop pretending you're a Christian Annie. You are not fooling anyone else, you are only fooling yourself.

        • anniedawn

          Sorry but I am a Bible reading Christian. I do not depend on sermons to teach me about God and Jesus. I read His words. I also seem to know more about human nature than you do. You stand in judgement of your fellow man as if you are special. I do not in any way support homosexual or abortion activities You are calling me a liar. People who do that are usually guilty of the sin they accuse others of. God bless you and open your blind eyes.

  • Zach Freeman

    Mr. DeMar seems to have a real axe to grind against libertarians. The reason Rand Paul doesn't use the term "moral issue" (and the reason no one should) is that most of the things that the conservative wing of the Republican party would consider "moral issues" are theological issues or at least presented through a theological lens. And while I share many of Mr. DeMar's personal beliefs considering abortion and the practice of homosexuality I am completely against enforcing my particular world view through legislation. To do so would be a violation of the spirit of the First Amendment ("Congress shall make no law respecting establishment of religion..."). The basic founding tennant of this nation, even more fundamental than freedom of religion, is personal liberty. The freedom to live and worship as YOU see fit, not someone else. So long as your actions do not injure another the government should have absolutely zero say in what you do with your personl life. Whether it includes going to church every single day, owning a closet full of AR-15s, smoking marijuana recreationally, or being in a homosexual relationship. To paraphrase Martin Luther King Jr., tyranny anywhere is a threat to liberty anywhere. The trick is recognizing when you are the one becoming the tyrant.

    • http://HowToBecomeAChristianAnarchist.com Kevin Craig

      Zach, not a single person who signed the Constitution would have agreed with your claim that the First Amendment prohibits criminalization of acts which are contrary to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." Every single state had laws against homosexuality on the day after the First Amendment went into effect, and these laws remained in force for generations thereafter, being upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as recently as 1986. It was only very recently that God was thrown out of America, and the Constitution didn't require it. All legislation enforces somebody's worldview.

      • Grey Winters

        It has always been my contention that libertarians are liberals who hate paying taxes.Why don't they infest the left where they belong and stop running political ringers who divide the right and consistently put democrats in office.

  • http://www.truthanchor.com/ Thessalonianguy

    A majority of young people support same-sex sex because they don't know or believe in the Word of God. THAT is the fault of parents who are too distracted, lazy or unbelieving themselves to properly raise and educate their children. That, and a generation of godless fake-science in schools, teaching children the fairy tale of evolution as if it was fact.

  • Defend Liberty Philly Dude

    Where common morals and language are used, our social interactions become more predictable and the case for centralized control is weakened.

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  • Paula

    We should not have to compromise on anything. Mr. Rand Paul you have disappointed me, and I'm sure a lot of other people. Stand on principles and moral values. Don't give in to the evil of society and for a political vote. They in the end will only bring you down. Keep going this way and a lot of people will lose all respect for you.