Ah, Lindsey Graham, the treasure trove of squishiness.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went to Iowa this past weekend to make an appearance at Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) first annual “Roast and Ride” event in Des Moines, Iowa. He gave a speech, pressed the flesh, waved and smiled and did a few interviews. One of those interviews happened to be with CNN’s Dana Bash, who, during the course of the interview, asked an interesting question and got a very telling answer.
On the face of it, it sounds like Graham has given a perfect political answer (though it’s never smart to disagree with the most popular talk radio host in a state – which Steve Deace is in Iowa). He says a lot of nice things, while reminding everyone just how conservative he is but being conciliatory enough to even say, “I believe in traditional marriage without animosity…” Which means I’m not one of the mean homophobic traditional marriage people.
CNN’s Dana Bash: Caitlyn, formerly Bruce Jenner, a very popular Iowa syndicated radio host, Steve Deace said “If we’re not going to defend as a Party basic principles of male and female, that life is sacred because it comes from God, then you’re going to lose the vast majority of people who’ve joined that party.”
Lindsey Graham: If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be safe and have a prosperous economy, then vote for me. I’m into addition. I haven’t walked in her shoes. I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life. I can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through. I hope that she has found peace. I am a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy, but I’m running to be President of the United States. If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican she is welcome in my party.
Dana Bash: So the Republicans should reach out to people like her, transgender Americans, and not shun them?
Lindsey Graham: Understanding what you’re getting in Lindsey Graham. I’m pro-life, I believe in traditional marriage without animosity. The Courts are going to rule in June about traditional marriage, I’ll accept the Court’s decision. I’ll proudly defend the unborn, but if we can’t agree on abortion, let’s talk about taxes. We’re literally all in this together, we’re going to rise and fall as a nation as to whether or not we deal with the retirement of the baby boomers. It’s going to wipe out social security and Medicare and take the whole economy down with it. We need to do what Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil did when it came to compromise on the entitlement programs. And we need to fight radical Islam together. Here’s what I would say to the talk show host – ‘In the eyes of radical Islam they hate you as much as they hate Caitlyn Jenner, they hate us all because we won’t agree to their view on religions. So America, we’re all in this together.’
I had to listen twice before I realized what was really bothering me about this interview. It’s a couple of things, actually.
First, Graham says he is pro-life and pro-traditional marriage before basically giving up both fights. He say’s “I’m pro-life, but if we can’t agree, let’s talk about taxes.” Does that mean that when Democrats push pro-abortion measures, Graham will just give up and ask to talk about taxes? Does that mean when we push pro-life measures and Democrats balk, that Graham would simply kill our pro-life bills? It sounds like exactly that. Looking at his record, Graham has never been a pro-life warrior… perhaps it’s because to him there are more important things than stopping the worst holocaust the world has ever seen? He’s hardly pro-life.
How about pro-traditional marriage? He says, “I’m pro-traditional marriage but I’ll respect whatever the courts decide in June.” What is Graham’s basis for being pro-traditional marriage, then? Apparently, it’s nothing important because he’s willing to toss it aside with one court ruling. Graham is a liar. He is hiding behind a mask of pseudo-conservatism. He pretends to be pro-life and pro-traditional marriage, but the truth is that he is only pro-Lindsey Graham, and since he is from South Carolina, he must pretend to be a social conservative.
The second thing that bothered me about this interview is Graham’s canard of attacking Steve Deace as if the radio show host doesn’t understand the threat we face against Islam. Deace has written and said over and over again that Islam is a major threat to our security. Graham pretends this argument is an either/or situation – either we accept transgendered America as a new normal or radical Muslims will kill us all. It’s just not so.
What Graham fails to realize is that if we do not stick by our principles, our morals, or strongest most heartfelt beliefs, then the America we knew will no longer be the America we knew.
Does it make sense for conservatives to sell our souls to win an election just to save a godless and perverse America? I think not.
Lindsey Graham may get Bruce Jenner’s vote, but he will NEVER get mine.
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