Ron Johnson Gets it Wrong on “Social Issues”

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Immigration

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It looks like we’ve lost another one.  We’ve lost another GOP senator who is giving into the radical left on critical issues while mislabeling the fight as a battle over “social issues.”  Here is what Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson had to say about abortion, gay marriage, and illegal immigration on CNBC:

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Oshkosh, said Monday that he’s a traditionalist, but if voters want gay marriage to be legal he won’t step in their way.

Johnson made his comments during an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

“I’m a pretty traditional guy,” Johnson said. “I’m almost 60 years old. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. But again if the voters decide that they want gay marriage, I’m not going to oppose it.”

Johnson was drawn into a discussion on social issues, including immigration and gay marriage. Initially, he focused on “the economic issues that overweigh all the other ones.”

“These social issues are going to primarily be decided in the states, through (the) democratic process and that’s the way it should happen,” Johnson said. “I’ll certainly go with the judgment of the American people in terms of where they want to fall on, whether it’s the abortion issues or gay marriage.”

He said on immigration, “We’ve got a lot of migrant workers in Wisconsin. I’ve never had a migrant worker ask me for citizenship. They just don’t want us to deport their moms and dads, their husbands and wives. I don’t think we’re going to do that. We need to actually solve this problem. We need a functioning legal immigration system.”

There are too many false premises in his statement to debunk in one post, but here are some points to consider:

  • His entire rationale is built upon the premise that the socially liberal view is the default position of the people and it is social conservatives who are pushing for radical changes.  This cannot be farther from the truth.  Abortion was completely taken away from the people and decided by the Supreme Court.  Now state marriage laws are being decided by unelected judges, NOT the people.  Now is not the time to surrender the issue.  It is precisely because we are suffering from judicial tyranny that there is a need for Republican politicians to stand up for religious liberty and state’s rights, not publicly surrender the issue.
  • I don’t know which polling data he is reading, but the abortion issue is clearly moving in our direction.  Why would you surrender that now?  And even with regards to the homosexual agenda, we are already seeing that it will not stop with “marriage.”  We are seeing transgendered bathroom laws and anti-religious-liberty court rulings on a daily basis.  Should we just ignore them as the radical left seeks to undermine the civil society and religious liberty?
  • From what planet does Johnson originate to suggest that illegal immigration is not a fiscal issue?  Is he not aware of the massive surge of impoverished illegals at our southern border – a crisis engendered by the very mentality espoused by Johnson in the interview?
  • Republicans like Johnson clearly do not understand the importance of the civil society to fostering a free market economy and a republican form of government.  A society where gender is eradicated; where abortion is rampant; where our sovereignty is erased, will no longer serve as an engine for economic growth.

For those who are so eager to throw away their principles for ephemeral polling data (which doesn’t even apply to abortion and immigration in which the people are squarely with us), they should remember the debate over global warming legislation.

Towards the end of President Bush’s presidency, most Republicans started buying into global warming and green energy socialism.  The media joked about Senator Jim Inhofe being the last man standing against climate fascism.  Then, buttressed by Climategate, we fought back against the farce and showed how their agenda was built upon a false premise.  Now you can’t find a Republican who is willing to promote global warming, and even many Democrats have shied away from the issue.

But gauging by Johnson’s alacrity to throw away his moral compass, he will undoubtedly follow superficial polling data on “economic” issues as well.