June 07, 2014

Chronicle Column On My Friend And Fellow Precinct Chair Chris Busby

I'll concede that Chris and I are on opposite sides of the issue this column focuses on -- but I think it is important that I highlight one of those I otherwise consider to be a fine conservative and Republican and one who will hopefully be influential in our party for years to come.

Politics these days is often about black and white, or more accurately, red and blue. Saviors and demons. Labels, not issues. Sound bites, not sound ideas. Falling in line. Or falling out of favor.

And then you have Chris Busby.

When the Opie-faced, openly gay, inner-city Houston high school teacher approached the microphone during the equal rights debate at Houston City Council last week, he spoke in favor of it with the passion that some would easily stereotype as that of a wild-eyed liberal.

In reality, Busby is a Harris County Republican precinct chairman.

Now I consider the law in question to be bad public policy.

The fact that it has the effect of making every restroom in the city of Houston unisex is only part o the problem. A bigger issue for me is that it has the effect of stripping business owners of the right to operate their businesses in a manner consistent with their religious, moral, philosophical, or political beliefs. Unlike the situation in 1964, when a federal statute was necessary to undo the effect of government mandated racial discrimination which prevented business owners from implementing non-discrimination policies, there is nothing preventing businesses from doing so today and therefore the legislation does not undo a government mandated injustice but instead creates one.

But enough of the analysis of the issue of the ill-advised ordinance and even the political philosophy of my fellow activist and educator who I first wrote about last year. What I find interesting is the reaction of local leftwingers to the article. Just look at the comment section below the article, where gay Republicans are compared to Jewish Nazis and Christians are described as the equivalent of the Taliban. One local blogger -- P.Diddie/Perry Dorrell from "Brains and Eggs" -- even uses the comment section to describe gays (at least gays who disagree with him politically) as "roaches" before going to his own website and suggesting that Busby kill himself (with the disclaimer that he doesn't REALLY mean that -- but come on, if you view someone as a cockroach you don't really have any regard for that person's life). But then again, we see again and again that the Left is defined by an ideology of hate for those who dare to do something other than conform.

As for Chris Busby -- I'm personally looking forward to June 16, 2014, when he officially joins me as a precinct chair on the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee, where I anticipate working with him much more often than against. And what's more, he won't find anyone at the meetings suggesting that he kill himself or attempting to define for him what political beliefs he is allowed to hold. Instead, he will find that those of us who are Reagan conservatives welcome him in the spirit of Ronald Reagan.

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