Mr. Grenell wrote an insightful Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal, titled, Marriage, Gay Republicans and the Election. One of the thoughts that occurred to me as I read his editorial was how Mr. Obama’s many recent decisions are so calculatingly political. The most transparent of these was his “evolution” ending with the announcement that he was now in favor of gay marriage. Pundits, writers, and politicos on the left and right dubbed the decision, and its timing, as blatantly political; few stated it was not.
My strongly held personal belief is that marriage is between one woman and one man and that the definition of marriage — which has withstood the storms of time over centuries — should remain rooted and unchanged. That said, Mr. Grenell’s opinion is articulated well — he rejects the notion that gay voters fit into some political category as presupposed by Obama. To the contrary. And why should African Americans all think they must vote for Barack Obama?
By RICHARD GRENELL
[...] Some extremists have given the media fodder by suggesting that support for gay marriage disqualifies one from being a GOP activist. Some have even said that gay Republicans shouldn’t be too visible or involved in party politics.
But the implication of these views—that the conservative or Republican electorate consists of one-issue voters—is erroneous. Anti-gay extremists not only dismiss a plethora of serious issues confronting America and the world, but they fail to recognize the consistency of living by the conservative ideal of limiting government involvement in our lives.
The claim that gays should be barred from conservative activism is not only bigoted but is a bipartisan view. The intolerant assault comes from the far right, who object to Republicans who are gay, and the far left, who object to gays being Republicans. When the extremists on both sides are the only ones speaking up, the majority suffers.
In reality, not all GOP activists or even religious people want to be the arbiter of who gets to be a Republican. I grew up in an evangelical Christian home and attended an undergraduate evangelical Christian university. I know firsthand that many Christian conservatives and evangelicals applaud the partisan activism of gay conservatives. They recognize that individuals have different strengths and opinions. And like most Americans, they vote on a variety of issues with multidimensional and subjective priorities.
Mitt Romney appointed me to serve as his foreign policy and national security spokesman based on my experience and qualifications to speak clearly and forcefully on his behalf. The governor and his team knew that I have consistently challenged the Obama administration’s failure to lead the world and confront the most important international issues we face. They also knew I was gay.
Thousands of Republicans privately voiced support for my appointment and were disappointed by the events that led to my resignation earlier this month. Some did so while admitting they disagreed with my support for gay marriage. But they too are passionate about a strong America, personal responsibility and independent religious institutions—issues that should be at the forefront of this year’s presidential election.
[...] I can be proud of President Obama’s personal support for gay marriage and still take exception to his dismal national-security and economic records.
Millions of American voters will also evaluate both candidates’ policies in total and come to the same conclusion: Mr. Obama doesn’t deserve to be re-elected and Mr. Romney does.
Voters need to be reminded of Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy performance: his secret whispers to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for more flexibility on missile defense; his snubbing of Israel and other allies while extending a hand to those who want to degrade the U.S.; his inability to lead at the United Nations. The president’s record proves he is too politically contrived and dangerously weak to deserve a second term.
As the longest-serving spokesman for the United States at the United Nations, I saw firsthand the importance of a foreign policy focused on progress, not popularity. One needs to look no further than the brutal regimes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Eun to see that under Mr. Obama the U.S. has turned its back on too many that seek a better way of life.
Iran is closer to a nuclear weapon than ever before and yet the president campaigns on the erroneous assumption that we are safer now. Allies like Turkey, India and Brazil openly ignore the U.S. while the president looks to make more concessions to Russia that gut our missile-defense capabilities. We’ve responded to our enemies and ignored our friends.
Americans who agree on the principles of self-reliance, capitalism, unapologetic U.S. global leadership and a government designed to do what the private sector can’t or won’t do should support Mr. Romney. Mr. Obama, conversely, has demonstrated a willingness to abandon the entrepreneurial spirit that made America great while embracing a new era of government-centered decisions.
While there are many reasons not to vote to re-elect President Obama, gay marriage is not one of those issues. National and economic security absolutely are.
Mr. Grenell was director of communications and public diplomacy for the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2001-09. He served briefly as Mitt Romney’s foreign-policy and national-security spokesman.