“No matter how hard we tried, no matter how fast support grew, there were still anti-gay forces in the Republican Party. While I thought they would dissolve over time, the truth is they’re tolerated.” –Jimmy LaSalvia
“It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today.” –Pablo Pantoja
These pet-issue GOP defectors are the direct result of beta Republicans’ misguided outreach strategy. They parrot empty, facile language about uniting under a big, watered-down, amorphous tent. They enter partnership with single-issue heretics because they want their votes. But they forget that when you give a partner everything he wants, he will hate you for it.
Betas are instinctive providers. They give people what they want. They seek others’ approval, because deep down they know they’re not good enough. The courted, high on the beta’s affirmation, realizes the beta isn’t good enough, takes what she wants, and leaves him.
Alphas, on the other hand, don’t need approval. What people say they want often is not what they truly need. Alphas give people what they need, which in many cases is bitter medicine: shame for coming up short, and the challenge to strive to be better.
Liberals are masters of dishing out shame and throwing down the gauntlet when their targets come groveling to them. Unlike milquetoast, big-tent Republicans, liberals act like an exclusive club with standards one has to meet to become and stay a member. Foremost among those standards is a program of destructive ideals.
Dogma helps. Open-ended goals of equality and managed technological progress ensure devotees are enslaved for a lifetime. The liberal project never runs out of steam; there is simply too much of the world to be remade in man’s image.
Liberals often do fall short of their ideals. That’s the point. The cure is a dose of shame and, of course, more liberalism. Hey, nobody’s perfect. Take up the cross and carry on.