John Huntsman has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
In 2009 the then-ambassador to China was photographed at an anti-government rally in Beijing. When asked if he were there to see the chaos, Huntsman excused himself stating that he was 'just shopping' in the nearby market. He then promptly fled the scene. But it was too late. The Chinese government viewed Huntsman as an agent provocateur. He lost both his cred and career.
Huntsman next showed up at the 2012 GOP presidential primaries where, again, he was sent packing.
Apparently the Mormon and former governor of Utah wants to be on the 'right side of history.' He is imploring the Republican Party to embrace gay marriage. Huntsman says same-sex marriage is a conservative value.
We wonder how Huntsman defines 'conservative.'
You may read his musing in The American Conservative ►
Here you will discover Huntsman evokes the memories of Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan to make his case. How convenient. Consign support of gay marriage to two dead guys who can't defend themselves. The rumbling you heard when Huntsman's story first appeared online was Reagan rolling over in his grave. The earth tremor was Roosevelt.
Free markets are also philosophically exploited by Huntsman. Get the connection? Nor do I.
For those unfamiliar with American marriage law, it requires a license that comes with the ball and chains of a litany of government regulation and precedence. If conservatives were truly enraptured with marriage equality, they would demand an end to marriage licensure and opt, instead, for contractual agreements between consenting parties.
It worked for George and Martha Washington. The two entered into a verbal contract before witnesses, genteely called 'wedding vows,' and were bound by law to keep their commitments . . . without a license. No one else was bound by their contract.
Point being: If Huntsman truly embraced the free-market approach to marriage, he wouldn't call for the ball-and-chain to be extended to homosexuals. Rather, he would demand licensing be replaced by vows by whomever.
In other words, Huntsman's acquiescence is a sham. It has nothing to do with adopting a conservative value that was somehow missed by millions.
Far be it from me to suppose myself a mind reader, but I suspect Huntsman's hidden agenda is to move the GOP to the middle where there are more voters; to warm oneself in the light of the cultural Marxism. If not, he warns, the GOP will continue to lose elections.
Huntsman's plea is for the GOP, rather than the Democrats, to have the honor of shoving American culture over the cliff. To me, the issue is moot.
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