As you know, the Congress recently voted on the marriage amendment. The Senate voted on it on June 8th, and it stalled there because four Republican Senators joined side with the Democrats on this issue. The House voted on it on July 18th, and it stalled there as well.
This reminded me of a book I recently read a book titled “Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder;” it is written by Michael Savage, a conservative radio talk show host. In the book, Savage mentioned that “the conservative revolution is dead.” I frowned at it when I first read it. However, the recent developments in the marriage amendment issue have made me rethink about it and realize what he said might be the reality.
Defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman has been an important platform for the Republican Party for years. However, the recent stall of the marriage amendment in the Republican-controlled Congress is truly a disappointment. When I read about it, several thoughts came into mind: How can this be? Is what Michael Savage said true? Is the conservative revolution really dead?
After some thinking and research, my response is similar to that of what political scientist Dr. Kenneth J. Heineman wrote in his book “God Is a Conservative.” The book argued that traditionally, the social conservatives had been paid lip service only by the libertarian GOP politicians and the case of the marriage amendment is no different. Despite President Bush being a devout Christian and true social conservative, he is only one man. In order for anything to be done in our government it requires more than one man. Of course, I am not saying that President Bush is the only social conservative politician; there are quite a few, but apparently not enough.
I have to agree with Michael Savage to some extent that the conservative revolution is dead. However, there is still a chance to revive it.
If the social conservatives really want to get their agenda passed and revive the revolution, they need to become more active than before, I mean even more than what they did in 2004, because today to have a simple majority of Republicans in Congress is not enough. The GOP is composed of not just conservatives, but libertarians and even some liberals as well. What the Republican Party needs to do is to capture a super majority in both houses of the Congress with conservative candidates so that we can ensure passage of conservative legislation even if some GOP legislators do vote against it. Of course, I know no one party has held the supermajority since the days of FDR. But it is not impossible. President Bush Senior captured the White House with only Christian votes. Furthermore, Christians are not the only social conservatives in the electorate. Thus, if we can mobilize these social conservatives and put true conservatives into office at local, state, and federal levels, then it is possible to ensure the passage of most conservative agendas.
Concerning the marriage amendment, I believe it is only going to get harder and harder to pass it at the federal level as our society becomes more and more Godless and secular, because the conservative ideals are mostly Biblical. Thus, we need to restore not just marriage, but the American Christian traditions. Only in restoring the Christian tradition can we truly ensure a safe environment for future conservativism.