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.

School Choice: The Benefits of Competitive Schools

School-Choice-700x466One of the greatest benefits that school choice gives to education is that it creates a field of competition and innovation that should, theoretically, raise the standard of education in every school, public, private, and charter.

Competition has been the motor that has driven innovation in this country for its entire existence. In the last two decades we’ve moved from cell phones the size of bricks to smart phones with more computing power than the first NASA space shuttle, because each company involved in that type of technology was constantly trying to find a way to outsell the others product. Without competition between companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google we might have reached this level of technology eventually, but it’s more likely that it would have been our grandchildren, rather than us, enjoying the technology.

Why should our schools do any less?

While in the last two decades we’ve moved from desktop computers that hardly anyone could afford to the tablets and laptops that almost every college student has in their backpack. Unfortunately our field of education has not had that same surge forward, except, perhaps unsurprisingly, in the geographic areas where competition through school choice has taken root.

One of the reasons for the success of charter schools is certain that, while public schools are generally kept open long after they have failed to improve themselve, charter schools can and have been shut down for underperforming. According to The Center for Education Reform, between the years of 1992 and 2011 around 1,036 charters were shut down. Charter schools have to provide a decent education to survive, insuring quality competition between them and the public schools in their area.

Now we aren’t talking about astronomical gains across the board (though many charter schools, like BASIS schools in Arizona, can claim remarkable results) but there is an upward trend being seen in a field where the trend has mostly been stagnation.

Franklin Center recently invited me to attend a conference on school choice in my state of Arizona. We learned a lot about the programs available in my state, but one thing that struck me was a teacher who had founded a charter school in a failing school district. The school has worked hard to prepare students for graduation through a variety of innovations that this school founder has seen spread to other area schools, increasing success at those schools as well.

This anecdote isn’t a fluke or a coincidence. This sort of competition between charter schools and public schools has already been shown to benefit the students.

There have been a multitude of studies that have looked at the correlation between school choice and the quality of public schools in the same districts. Many of the early studies show an increase in productivity, but they also show increased quality of teachers, and an increase in achievement for the students that are still in public school.

In Texas more recent studies (from 2007 and 2014) showed that the creation of charter schools had a positive impact on the traditional public schools in the area and, even more telling, that injecting the best practices of charter schools into the public school setting also showed increases in achievement for students in those schools.

Charter schools were never meant to be the death of traditional public schools, instead they may very well be their rebirth.

“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 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.


young conservatives

black conservatives

gay and bisexual conservatives

pagan conservatives

native american conservatives

female conservatives



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.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Why I Remember


When I was a kid I read I lot about World War II.

I went through stages when I was in middle school through high school. I would pick a part of history and obsessively read about it. When I as in 7th grade it was Elizabeth I and Henry VIII. In 8th grade it was Japanese mythology. In 9th grade we read Night by Elie Wiesel and I started back into World War II and the Holocaust.

When I was 11 or 12 I remember someone at my church talking about the book The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. I had recently read “Behind the Bedroom Wall”, a fictional story of a German teenager whose family is hiding Jews in their home, so I ended up reading that book as well. I think when I was 11 those books felt more like adventure novels than they did anything real or horrifying. They represented knowledge of something so evil that, at that age, I don’t think I could even comprehend it being real.

Reading Night and The Hiding Place again at age 15 was a different story. I could comprehend the reality of the evil that was done and it made me angry. It still makes me angry, mostly because I can either feel angry or horribly horribly sad.

I’m not Jewish, but that doesn’t, and shouldn’t, cut me off from feeling the anger and horror at what happened. It’s just as important for me to remember, even though it didn’t directly effect me or anyone in my family, because it should never just be the Jews who say “Never Again” when talking about the Holocaust.  It doesn’t cut me off from feeling the anger and horror at what is going on in the world today, where Jews are once again being attacked for no reason other than the fact that they exist.

It’s like a sick cosmic joke. How many times can history repeat itself?

Of course these days it’s coming from multiple sides. There’s the anti-semites, who hate the Jews and anyone who doesn’t hate Jews. There’s the Islamic terrorists who hate Jews…and Christians…and gay people…and the Yazidi…and on and on and on. It’s not like this irrational and murderous hatred has vanished from the world.

I read somewhere the other day that the majority of Germans just want to put the Holocaust behind them. I can understand that, because I’m sure it’s a horrible thing to think of what your forefathers did, but while I don’t hold modern Germans as responsible for the actions of the Nazis and I would hope no one else does (people should be responsible for their own actions, not those of their ancestors)…we don’t just get to put the murder of millions of Jews (not to mention the non-Jews that were also slaughtered) behind us like it was some sort of freak accident or act of nature.

60+ years can allow you to put a lot of things behind you. The Holocaust is not one of them.

These deaths weren’t caused by bad weather or a factory accident. This was wholesale, legalized slaughter.

You don’t just forget about something like that, no matter how many years go by or whether or not you or your family were directly affected by it.

To say that we can just put something of this magnitude behind us is to say that we no longer need to worry about it happening again. The memory of the Holocaust keeps us sharp, keeps us saying “Never Again” when we could grow complacent and pretend nothing like that could ever happen again in this day and age, even as current events around the world tell us that idea is very wrong.

So I’m not Jewish, I don’t have the same emotional or familial attachment to this event in history, but I remember it all the same. Not only because the victims deserve to be remembered, but because, as another American once said, “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Old Lies About Romney Make a Come Back with Populists…Time to Slap Them Down (AGAIN)…

By The Snark Who Hunts Back and The Conservative New Ager

Paul Ryan

The look on our faces every time these anti-Romney lies keep coming back.

So recently we’ve been seeing a string of complaints coming out the less intelligent, less thoughtful, and more populist/progressive quarters of the Right once again attacking Romney. And the problem is that the vast majority of these arguments boil down to two problems. The first problem is that they’re trotting out the same complaints that they used 4 years ago and were shown to be utterly without fact, basis, or sanity 4 years ago…and the second problem is that if you had a candidate to actually put up you would be singing their praises and not attacking the only competent candidate there is.   But the clearly the kind of people who prefer populists and progressives are the kind who like to repeat lies that have already been struck down, we might as well cover why these lies are horseshit once again…


So the first thing that all small minded people claiming to be conservative like to point to is Romneycare. They claim it’s the origin of Obamacare. Continue reading

Who are Superheroes Supporting?

Here at Elementary Politics we are out to keep you on top of both politics and pop culture. As such we have noticed that tumblr has revealed these two things are both crossing and the cause of the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War.

But while it is all too clear that Tony Stark is backing Mitt Romney and Capt. Steve “let me end the surveillance state” Edward Snowden Rogers is unquestionably in the Rand/Ron Paul camp we decided to where other heroes were standing in their current support for possible presidential contenders.

via Who are Superheroes Supporting?.

2012 – Conservative New Ager: I didn’t settle for Romney, I support Romney…let me tell you why…

Because Romney is clearly about to officially announce his candidacy for the 2016 election, I thought it was time to bring back a post from 2012 that my friend at the Conservative New Ager wrote.

Now I will be honest I had a lot of preconceived notions about Romney coming into this. Back in 2008 he seemed to hype the Olympics more than Bain, which didn’t win me over. Plus back then I was working 60-80 hours a week, plus trying to get Republicans and Reincarnation finished so I probably relied a little too much on media assessments and didn’t do my own research. That was my mistake, and my opinions have clearly suffered for it. Not that supporting Romney back in 2008 would have made much of a difference, but I now feel a little dumb for some (not all, but some) of the jabs I’ve taken at him in this blog.

So unlike Paul supporters whose argument boils down to “Drugs, and I’m a coward and don’t want to go to war, and the Gold Standard!” (as if they know anything about that) and Gingrich supporters whose argument boils down to “Uhhhh…uhhhh…he’s not Romney, and he did a few conservative things, once, many years ago….uhhhh….what affairs?”  I will give you reasons.

So in no particular order….

via I didn’t settle for Romney, I support Romney…let me tell you why….