Originally Posted by patteeu
Republicans rarely do anything but give lip service to social issues. I don't know how that can be a serious concern for you in a POTUS election. Let's look at a few of them:
1. Abortion - The only impact Romney would have on abortion is that he might get the chance to appoint a SCOTUS Justice or two who might tip the balance of the court and lead to a reversal of Roe v Wade. You have to be pretty pro-abortion to be concerned about letting the issue of abortion being returned to the states. There's not a chance that Massachusetts is going to ban abortions and it's pretty unlikely that more than a handful of states would ban them completely (although several would probably impose restrictions like parental notification or limits on how late in the term an abortion can take place).
2. Gays in the military - Romney could re-impose DADT, but I seriously doubt that he'd do it. By all accounts, repeal of DADT hasn't led to any significant problems.
3. Gay marriage - Romney will have no impact on this. We are not going to have a federal amendment banning it.
4. Marijuana - Obama hasn't been much of a states' rights advocate on this issue. Romney won't be any worse and conceivably could be better (but I doubt it).
5. General - Romney might cut government funding for things like abortions in the third world and fetal stem cell research, but given the need to trim/slash the budget anyway, shouldn't these things be among the first to go anyway?
I'm not on board with most of the social conservatism of the GOP, but that's never a consideration for me because the degree to which they do anything along these lines, it's pretty inconsequential anyway.
Your more legitimate concern is that the GOP won't really address the deficit as aggressively as they should. But given that taking a gamble on Romney is a far better bet than jumping back in bed with the Deficit-Exploder-in-Chief, I don't see why this fear should stand in your way.
1. Pro-abortion and pro-choice are two separate things. Despite the quick lip service you gave to it, it is a big issue. Not something that you make sound like is highly unlikely.
2. He could but he might not.--Great argument
3. Despite whether or not it happens is not the point. He supports a ban on gay marriage--that's his position. You vote for people on where their position is not on probability of outcome to spite that position.
4. I would agree with you there.
5. Stem cell research is a big thing. It needs to be advanced not cut.
I love how you say that his more legitimate concern is the deficit. Like you have any kind of authority on the matter to tell him what his concerns are.