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Ann Coulter Totally Hearts Ronald Reagan


Ann Coulter, in a relatively tame (by Coulter's standards at least) column at Human Events, continues her conservative crush with President Ronald Reagan:
So what was the difference between Goldwater and Reagan? Had the country changed that much in 16 years?

The social issues were the difference. Reagan agreed with Goldwater on fiscal and national defense issues, but by 1980, social issues loomed large and Reagan came down mightily on one side -- the opposite side as Goldwater, as it turned out.

Unlike abortion-loving Goldwater, Reagan said, "We cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide."

And unlike gay-marriage-loving Goldwater, Reagan said: "Society has always regarded marital love as a sacred expression of the bond between a man and a woman. It is the means by which families are created and society itself is extended into the future. ... We will resist the efforts of some to obtain government endorsement of homosexuality."
Gah.

Here is where I must disagree with both Coulter and President Reagan.

The reason that I support marriage equality is not to achieve a "government endorsement of homosexuality". I don't want the government to endorse, well, anything really (save for justice and equality for all).

Rather, my view is quite the opposite. I support marriage equality because I don't believe that it is the government's role to tell American citizens whom they may or may not marry. For a purported conservative to wholeheartedly endorse a governmental role in mandating aspects of its citizens' personal lives seems to be a logical fallacy to me.

But, I feel for Ms. Coulter. If she were to take a truly conservative position and say that it is not the government's job to dictate private citizen's lives, she would immediately be labeled a RINO and turned away from hundreds-of-thousands of dollars in speaker's fees and book deals...