The Log Cabin Republicans today are launching a full-frontal assault on the GOP just two days after marriage equality won in France, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Delaware. The LCR will run a full page ad in Politico (image, above) focused on convincing the Republican Party to drop “its opposition to granting equal rights to the LGBT community.”
The ad’s headline, “Reagan’s Big Tent Isn’t What it Used to Be…,” ropes in Ronald Reagan, the icon every Republican is morally obligated to revere, and reminds them at the same time that Reagan — despite their desire to believe differently — tried to create a “big tent.”
“The ad is a part of LCR’s relaunch efforts, which will more aggressively challenge the GOP to not be beholden to the vocal minority within the party that oppose rights for gays and lesbians,” the Log Cabin Republicans state on their website:
The ad features two men looking down on a comically small tent with one remarking, “Reagan’s Big Tent Isn’t What it Used to Be…”. The ad then goes on to say: “If the Republican Party wants to win future elections and set this country back on sound financial footing, it must put an end to its obsession with opposing equal rights for LGBT Americans. The GOP’s focus should be on bringing together existing members, reclaiming former Republicans, and attracting new voters. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, the freedom to marry is supported by 81 percent of adults younger than 30. If you don’t make the tent bigger, you might as well fold it up and go home.”
The Log Cabin Republicans have been undergoing a bit of a transformation with the exit of their long-time leader, R. Clarke Cooper, and the ad marks that the transformation is working.
“Some Republicans just don’t get it,” Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo said in a statement:
Despite widespread and growing public support for marriage equality and the need to focus on increasing our numbers in the wake of the crushing electoral defeats of 2012, an element of the GOP remains hell-bent on emphasizing exclusion over inclusion.
Make no mistake: as Log Cabin Republicans, we want to win elections, and if the Republican Party wants to do the same it needs to take a stand against anti-gay rhetoric in its ranks and welcome the increasing numbers of Republicans who support the freedom to marry. Our ad tomorrow in Politico should be a wake-up call to Republicans and a reminder of the words of President Reagan, who, in describing his ‘big tent’ conservative philosophy, declared, ‘It is not your duty, responsibility or privilege to tear down, or attempt to destroy, others in the tent.’ Let’s make the tent bigger. Let’s get the Republican Party back on a path to victory.
One thing is certain: the Republican party as we know it today must either change or die. There is no possibility they can continue to advocate against gay people, women, and minorities and expect to win election, no matter how much they rig the system through gerrymandering and election fraud.
Hat tip: Buzzfeed
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