George Pataki: Social conservatives are a “distraction”

Social issuesFormer NY governor George Pataki is about to announce his intention to add his name to the list of Republicans seeking to be the GOP nominee for president in 2016. Just as you would expect from an East Coast Republican, he wants to make sure he distances himself from the base of the party by attacking, so true to his liberal roots, he is launching his campaign by attacking social conservatives.

In a new ad airing in New Hampshire, Pataki is suggesting that the preservation–restoration is probably more accurate–of traditional values is a “distraction” from more pressing dangers. In an interesting bit of timing, the video was unavailable at the time of this post. Go figure. Below is a partial quote from the ad before it was pulled:

“Defeating Islamic terror, shrinking government and growing the economy (are) the issues that matter most. Instead, we’re debating social issues like abortion and gay rights. They’re a distraction and will only help elect Hillary. After eight years of Obama-style socialism, we need to shrink government – not let big government tell us how to live our lives.”

I guess Georgie boy is just going to remove the “life” part of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” from the list of inalienable rights.

Of course, such RINO-esque behavior by Pataki isn’t really that much of a surprise, particularly when you consider his frequent disregard of the pro-life movement when he was governor of the Empire State. Some of the “highlights” of his contempt include:

  • Vetoed a bill that would have authorized a group of 9/11 specialty license plates, blaming his action on a group supporting a “Choose Life” plate.
  • Supported a bill that would require NY taxpayers spend $100 million annually on embryonic stem cell research, which requires the destruction of human life.
  • Signed legislation requiring hospitals–including religious ones–to distribute the morning after pill, in addition to requiring health insurance plans to pay for the same.

While his statement on fighting terrorism and shrinking government are significant, Pataki–just like all liberals–holds the view that morality can be separated from governing . . . IT CAN’T!

As we learn from this quote from one of America’s past presidents, religion and morality are inseparable from successful government:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness–these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”

Those words are an excerpt from the Farewell Address given by the Father of our country–General of the Revolutionary Army that defeated Britain–and the first president of the United States, George Washington.

Gee! Imagine what he could have done if he had just ignored the social distractions of his day and focused on more pressing dangers.