A Victory for Republicanism in California

Jonathan Rowe makes a very interesting argument in the wake of the California Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage, that such a decision, overriding the results of a public referendum is fundamentally republican in character, and that most of the other actions which have supported gay marriage have their origins in the same ideas of government which republicanism and the Republican party are based on, specifically the rule of law and the supremacy of the rights of the individual over the rule of democratic (the voting not the party) masses.

This highlights what an alien presence the religious and moralistic right and its extreme and totalitarian views are to the basic values of the Republican Partty. It also makes me wonder if what we are seeing today is not a backlash against the GOP, but a backlash specifically against the religious right and its influence in poilitics, expressed through the ascendance of the relatively a-religious McCain and the rise of California as a model of a more rational form of Republicanism in the Schwarzenegger administration and this recent court ruling.

California may be showing the rest of us the way towards the future of a better GOP.



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Dave Nalle has worked as a magazine editor, a freelance writer, a capitol hill staffer, a game designer and taught college history for many years. He now designs fonts for a living and lives with his family in a small town just outside Austin where he is ex-president of the local Lions Club. He is on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus and Politics Editor of Blogcritics Magazine. You can find his writings about fonts, art and graphic design at The Scriptorium. He also runs a conspiracy debunking site at IdiotWars.com.


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