So, swirling around the controversy of CPAC's decision to include GOP Proud group that is emphatically pro-homosexuality (and conspicuously silent on the issue of traditional marriage), one finds the following claims repeatedly made:
1. That traditional marriage is a peripheral issue.
2. That traditional marriage is a losing issue.
3. That even if, as of this day, it remains a winning issue, it will become a losing issue, for the polls show that young people are more in favor of the new marriage, and that therefore, the triumph (complete?) of this position is inevitable.
For those of us who have been social conservatives since the 1980s, all of these claims sound VERY familiar, and they were made at a particularly high decibel after the 1992 election, where the loss was placed squarely at the feet of those "extremist" opponents of a "woman's right to choose."
Even a nametag pro-lifer like Richard Bond, chairman of the GOP said as much, to the cheers of the "hey, I'm OK because I'm fiscally conservative but socially moderate" elites who then dominated the GOP leadership. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/30/us/departing-chairman-scolds-republicans-over-zealotry.html
Now, of course, the once-pariah "extremists" and anti-choice position is embraced by the pro-sodomy group, whose posture appears strikingly similar to the self-confident "pro-choice" REpublicans of the 1990s. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0211/Gay_Republicans_blast_Pawlenty.html?showall
Compare this puff piece on so-called "true blue conservatives" for "choice." http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20108471,00.html
Lessons to be learned:
1. There is nothing inevitable in a polling trend (young people have gone from most pro-choice to most pro-life in some polls).
2. Be wary of nametag social conservatives like Bond, who are NOT the friends of traditional marriage despite what they may say, and whose counterfeit friendly advice is always that social conservatives just declare defeat and otherwise shut up, while the "grown ups" focus on the really critical issues, like capital-gains tax cuts.
3. Be wary, more generally, of anyone who insists that you declare your cause defeated. Nobody knows the future--nothing is inevitable except under God's providence. Do, say, what you think is right. Do your best. Pro-lifers did in the 1990s, despite the polls, the pro-choice dominance of Washington, and dominance of everything else, and got pro-life legislation passed that significantly reduced the number of murdered babies.