Caitlyn Jenner and the conservative movement

Caitlyn Jenner has been an individual who has dominated the news in the last year. Since the transition from Bruce, she has repeatedly been faced with controversy and often for only wanting to live her life as she prefers. Republicans, especially evangelical conservatives, tend to be extremely judgmental and opposed to the LGBT crowd. Because of this, Democrats often feel entitled to the LGBT vote.

When an individual like Caitlyn Jenner, previously a male named Bruce, comes out as a conservative Republican, the left lost its mind.

While LGBT Republicans aren’t anything new, it still doesn’t shatter the entitlement the left feels to their vote. The problem isn’t entirely the left however, as the right is just as much to blame for repeatedly shunning the LGBT crowd.

The problem with Republicans and the LGBT crowd is the overt hypocrisy of the holier than thou mindset of the evangelical Republicans, who are not always to be confused with legitimate Christians. Instead of disagreeing with what their religion states is sin, the evangelical Republicans will attack the individual out of spite and feed a message of hate.

This contradicts the message of freedom and liberty Republicans often attempt to communicate. If an individual is free, why are they subject to another person’s judgment? Worse, why should they be subject to another religion’s moral code via the force of law? There’s an element of the Republican Party that openly endorses theocracy instead of backing freedom.

Caitlyn Jenner has come out in support of Senator Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination. She has also come out fervently against Hillary Clinton, angering the left with intolerant and hateful responses.

The tolerant left? Hardly. The Democratic Party is a close-minded echo chamber that wants followers marching in lockstep, not a big tent tolerant of many views and perspectives.

Disagreeing with Jenner being biologically born a male and changing to identify as a female is a personal choice, just as the act itself was for her. Nobody has to agree with it, so long as it doesn’t injure another and the disagreement itself doesn’t prevent the personal choice. If Jenner is a sinner, Jenner will answer for that in whatever afterlife we meet upon death. Until then, our time on Earth is limited. Why spend our time limiting others? This is not a message of freedom.

The Republican Party and the conservative movement in general is presented with a unique opportunity to attract LGBT voters. Libertarians, who have been steadily growing their presence in the Republican Party, take the correct position of allowing individuals to live their lives. Even when disagreeing with the acts themselves, libertarians defend freedom. This is a true conservative perspective as well.

Unfortunately, conservatism in America has been hijacked by a judgment-heavy, army of holier than thou moral warriors. Because of this, the Republican Party continues to be seen as the intolerant party when the Democratic Party is showing themselves to be as equally intolerant when faced with Caitlyn Jenner’s conservatism.

Why let the Democrats deceptively hang onto their dishonest narrative? Republicans should embrace Jenner. Not agree if you personally disagree with life choices, but embrace the freedom to live your life happily. This is what freedom truly means and this is America.

Chris Dixon

About Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon is a libertarian-leaning writer. In addition to writing "Undercover Porcupine", he is also the Managing Editor for The Liberty Conservative and writes for Cleat Geeks and Medium.