Mike Huckabee, Social Conservatism, and Hypocrisy in the GOP

By Justin Haskins, Reason.com,

Less than a week after former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee  threatened to leave the Republican Party over its allegedly soft approach to dealing with gay marriage, Huckabee called out Republicans again over the weekend on his Fox News Channel show Huckabee, asserting that many in the GOP need to “grow a spine” by defending the traditional definition of marriage.

Huckabee is right that many in the Republican Party, especially younger members like myself, no longer believe that the government should be enacting laws that define marriage as a union between one man and one woman only. What Huckabee and many other social conservatives like him do not understand is that the reason a growing number of conservatives are rejecting the typical social conservative agenda has little to do with political correctness or fear that society may reject them. It’s not about politics; it’s all about liberty.

The Republican Party has consistently described itself as the party of “liberty,” “freedom,” and “limited government,” but many Republicans also, in complete contradiction, have supported the notion that the government should be defining what marriage, perhaps the most personal and intimate institution in society, ought to look like. How can a party espouse freedom on the one hand and absolute control on the other?

Unlike other laws that prevent widely agreed-upon immoral behaviors, such as theft  and violence, laws that limit homosexual relationships do not aim to limit harm to third parties. If two people decide they want to privately enter into an agreement with one another, the government should stay out of the way and let people pursue happiness through freedom and without intrusion. The government should exist to promote liberty, not hinder it.

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