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A Fundamental Freedom: Why Republicans, Conservatives, and Libertarians Should Support Gay Rights Hardcover – June 16, 2012
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Lampo has obviously put a lot of thought and effort into this book, and it is helpful to have such an up-to-date picture of gay rights laws and poll numbers. (National Review)
A Fundamental Freedom is a serious, thoughtful, and important analysis of gay rights and marriage equality from a conservative and libertarian perspective. It is crucial for Republicans to appreciate the importance of this subject – for the good of the Party, but also for the well-being of this nation. Republicans must stand for decency, respect, and equality for all of our citizens. Lampo has made an invaluable contribution to this dialogue. (Ted Olson, U.S. Solicitor General under President George W. Bush, Lead Counsel, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger)
It’s time to move past the divisive lens of the culture war when discussing gay rights and recognize that these debates are fundamentally about the proper limits of government. David Lampo does just that in his new book, A Fundamental Freedom. It should be a must read for anyone concerned about building a majority committed to rolling back big government. (Carrie Lukas, Executive Director, Independent Women’s Forum, Author, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism)
At its historical core, the Republican Party is a political organization committed to individual freedom. Unfortunately in recent years, many in the GOP have strayed (often far) from that premise, especially in matters involving personal relationships and behavior. I admit – I was one of them. But in recent years, I found my way back to the foundation of freedom in this great country, which is maximized individual liberty and minimized government power. I hope many others will have the courage to reexamine their views on matters of individual liberty, including gay rights, and do the same. A Fundamental Freedom provides a readable and timely explanation of these important issues. (Bob Barr, Former Representative of Georgia (R-GA))
A Fundamental Freedom is an excellent contribution to the growing movement and argument for why the Republican Party must embrace gay rights, complete with all the history, facts and arguments. As important, Lampo's finger is on the pulse of the tectonic shifts occurring at the foundation of the conservative movement that will make way for it to return to the legacy of freedom and capture a new generation of Americans. (Margaret Hoover, contributor, Fox News; author, American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Help)
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He also points out that an increasing number of religious conservatives are much more concerned about the destruction of the Lord's creation than they are about gay marriage Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action
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"... objective, well researched opinion not easily dismissed," without mentioning Lampo's libertarian bias and contempt for religious conservatives.
"... a much-needed history of the Founding Fathers' vehement opposition to the merging of church and state..." a red herring... and ask yourself if the Founders would have dreamed America would ever institute "gay marriage.
"...I've always wondered why the Log Cabin Republicans exist. Torture must be their middle name..." a snarky reference (by a leftist) to the shaky ground Lampo stands on.
My take: Lampo is a passionate libertarian ideologue whose homosexuality must be a huge chip on his shoulder within the conservative world he negotiates. His book is a screed, extraordinarily biased. Though well-researched and effective as a polemic, fundamentally flawed.
Lampo begins by quoting an older Barry Goldwater, whose career was in lockstep for many years with the religious right till he ultimately rejected the pastors after his presidential defeat. Lampo's quote is misleading. "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" essays by Hofstadter make the case that Goldwater was a radical whose partisans didn't give a damn about the GOP. Lampo misses all of this.
Lampo lauds the American Psychiatric Association for their in 1973 cutting out of "The 81 Words" in the DSM-II which ended homosexuality as a mental disorder. In Lampo's world, the psychiatrists are heroes. Perhaps the move was warranted, but it has meant a politically correct ban on unbiased research on the causes of homosexuality. Meanwhile, the "gay gene" remains elusive, despite study after study.Read more ›
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Lampo's little text, I hope, will become a milestone classic for conservatives and libertarians as we move to the place I think we should be: affirming of the rights of all... Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by exilepst
I've always wondered why the Log Cabin Republicans exist. Torture must be their middle name and this recent book by David Lampo, very good in many ways, bolsters my view about them... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Jon Hunt
I support human rights for homosexuals. That is not the issue that David Lampo addresses in his book. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Kudzuisedible
Lampo's well-researched book is chock full of common sense arguments that support a more humane approach regarding gay rights in our country. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Tim- Annapolis MD