A New Breed of Elephant: Conservative Outreach, Transcending Identity Politics, and Victory in the 21st Century

Just over a year ago I announced on this blog that I was undertaking a massive project to write a book about minority conservatives. The concept was vague and undefined, but I knew that it was something that I needed to do.

I didn’t have an agent, I didn’t have a publisher, and I didn’t have a name for the book.

One year later and I still don’t have an agent or a publisher, but I have named the book and I’m proud to announce that you can now pre-order it on Amazon. (Paperback copies will be available in mid-March).

The concept of the book changed as I worked on it and eventually settled on the topic of outreach. The minority conservatives I interviewed had so many good ideas for how to reach their communities and as I wrote I realized that this topic is probably the most important one that I could address.

That’s not all the book is about, but it is the majority of the writing. The book is filled with interviews from conservatives from as many backgrounds as I could find and their ideas, along with my own research, formed the basis for the rest of the book. You’ll also find out what the core principles of being a conservative are and what it’s like to be a minority conservative.

I sincerely hope that what I have written in this book does justice to the work of those interviewed and helps conservatism to move forward into the 21st century.

I proudly announce that A New Breed of Elephant: Conservative Outreach, Transcending Identity Politics, and Victory in the 21st Century will hit the web on March 1st, 2016.

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The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Single, Gay Conservative

So I wrote this a while back for another blog series on conservative dating, but I recently found out the website where it was hosted is no longer active…it took me a while to find my rough draft to repost it.

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I have been single for that last three years. Before that I was single for nearly a year. Before that…well let’s just say there is a pattern.

Make no mistake, I’m not defined by who I date and I don’t need a relationship to complete my life. I have plenty of great friends that I would not trade for the world, but friends can’t fill in every gap left by being single.

I’m not talking about sex, get your mind out of the gutter. Y’all need Jesus.

There are so many ways that a romantic relationship is beneficial to a person, but for some people it’s really hard to find “the one” that we were promised by every Disney movie we grew up with.

I’m not single by choice, I would certainly like to have a long term relationship, but being a conservative has really killed my love life.

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Conservatives, Stop Answering Irrelevant Questions About Gay People.

choiceIs homosexuality a choice?

Well as a lesbian let me tell you, it’s not. I’m not going to get into the ‘TMI’ part of explaining how I know that for certain, but suffice to say I shopped and bought on both sides of the store and only one side had any outfits that worked.

But I’m not here to bash you over the head with that. I’m used to the fact that not everyone is going to agree with me all the time and I don’t care whether you think I was born this way or chose it.

What I am here to say is that, for real conservatives, that question should be the most irrelevant question in the world.

When I talk about conservative beliefs I mean beliefs that center around small government and freedom, just like our Founding Fathers would have wanted. Now our Founding Fathers did come from a time where being gay was not socially acceptable, but they also didn’t build our government or our constitution around their particular views of morality on specific issues.

They did this for a reason.

No matter what the societal expectations may be, the government should not be created to enforce those views.

The Founding Fathers valued freedom, so did all the other people who fought to create this country. They wanted a government that interfered as little as possible in the lives of the people it governed.

“Give me liberty or give me death” ring any bells?

So here’s the thing. I don’t care if you think being gay is a choice or an immutable genetic fact or just a “phase” because the only answer that should cross your lips when asked “do you believe being gay is a choice?” should be:

 I believe in freedom and the rights of the individual to live as they wish as long as they aren’t harming anyone else. Whether it’s choice or not, they should have that freedom.

That’s it.

That’s the answer.

And if you can’t answer it that way, you aren’t really a conservative and I certainly don’t need you in government if you aren’t capable of putting the individual liberty of the people ahead of your own personal views on a topic.

Is homosexuality a choice? Who cares, because I’m free to choose if it is. It shouldn’t change anything for conservatives, because freedom (even for those we disagree with) is the entire reason we fight.

“The Big Book of Minority Conservatives”

That’s a working title and will not, let me repeat, will not be what the published book will be called. Absolutely not.

Have you ever been told that you are a “self-hating [blank]” by a liberal? Ever been told you “can’t” be a conservative/Republican because you are a member of a minority? Do you make liberals uncomfortable because you don’t fit the stereotypical old white straight christian male box they created to shove all conservatives in?

I know a lot of you have, because I’ve seen it happen on tumblr, twitter, facebook, and in the media. It’s happened to me too, almost daily, since I “came out” as a gay conservative.

Liberals like to pretend we don’t exist and some conservatives may not even be aware that we are in their midst, leaving them not knowing about a serious resource they could use to do voter outreach or learn how to better express conservative views to minority communities.

I want to change that with a book that will tell the stories and ideas of minority conservatives to the rest of the country.

Please contact me at MeredithAncret@gmail.com with the heading “Conservative Minority” if you would like to be part of the book. I will be conducting interviews which will be a part of the book, which I hope to have completed and on it’s way to being published (whether through a publishing company or self published) by January of 2016.

This is open to all minority conservatives. Meaning if you don’t fit the “old, white, straight, christian, male” demographic please contact me.

Examples:

young conservatives

black conservatives

gay and bisexual conservatives

pagan conservatives

native american conservatives

female conservatives

etc.

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If your interview is chosen for the book you will be asked to approve your interview for publication. Not all interviews will be used, but I have plans for an interactive website in the future where your interviews, blogs, and even videos about being a minority conservative can be posted.

Apparently All My Republican Friends Hate Me

The juvenile conspiracy theories that liberals come up with when faced with gay conservatives are getting more and more absurd. Liberals seem to assume that the Republican party is a seething mass of homophobia, just looking for someone to lynch, no matter how many Republicans befriend gay conservatives.

The other day I was told “The only reason conservatives wont insult you is because they need their token members like you gays to say “hey look, we have gayz too!” Are you that gullible??”

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Grow The F*ck Up: The UCLA Remix

Seems like someone needs to teach this class at UCLA.

Seems like someone needs to teach this class at UCLA.

It’s not the first, nor will it be the last, time that I’ve brought up and condemned the childish, illegal, and unethical tactics of the left, but the “Grow The F*ck” series is beginning to be a favorite of mine. Mostly because it gives me an excuse to tear up the childish temper tantrums of liberal college students.

So here was go again.

This time it’s campus preachers, again, that are being targeted. Last time it was a preacher at one of my local universities and this week we are moving from Phoenix, Arizona to UCLA in Los Angeles, California.

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