....the Buckleyites were never willing to state what it is they sought to achieve as an end goal. The hyper-focus on process allowed them to avoid making clear what they wanted. The homosexual marriage issue is always a great example and it is so here. Instead of saying homosexual marriage is irrational and at odds with civil society, which is certainly true, the so-called conservatives wrapped themselves in legal arguments about contract theory and downstream legal issues.Here's the obvious which the Pubbies should state re: guns.
The Right could never bring themselves to state the obvious. The intent of marriage laws and customs is to encourage baby making. The language of marriage makes that abundantly clear. The only purpose of marriage is reproduction. The additional benefits created by society through laws and rituals is to encourage reproduction. Homosexual marriage is therefore an absurd contradiction. The Right never bothered with these arguments and instead fell into Jesuitical legalism....
"1) The right to keep and bear arms is given by God, not by the Constitution. The Second Amendment was written primarily so that a well-armed citizenry could prevent tyranny, and defense of self and others is a necessary and excellent byproduct.
"2) Current Wisconsin and Federal law provides remedies for 'threatening', and allows involuntary confinement of duly-processed individuals who display emotional problems. The laws also provide for extensive background checks when purchase is made through a dealer.
"Therefore, Wisconsin Republicans will NOT entertain either 'red flag' laws which are going to violate the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments, NOR more extensive background checks. Further, if the Federal Government writes such laws, Wisconsin will be a "sanctuary State" and such laws will not be enforced by Wisconsin authorities.
"Got that? Good. We will not take questions."