by Doctor Science
The NY Times article Tea Party Gets Early Start on G.O.P. Targets for 2012" quotes Indiana Tea Party supporter Mark Holwager:
“Heartland America doesn’t feel the same way as people in the cities,” he said. “We do believe in religion, we go to church all the time, we shoot and fish, and love our families."Two-thirds of this matches the "God, Guns, Gays" formula for "social conservatives", and covers issues where Mr. Holwager may suspect he differs from a typical New Jersey coastal elite (that's a joke, son).
God: I guess by "religion" and churchgoing Holwager means "Protestant Christianity", because NJ is not irreligious compared to IN. But we do have an awful lot of Catholics, not so many just plain Christians.
Guns: Mr. Holwager is nicely ambiguous about what kind of "shooting" Indianans do a lot of. In 2009, Indiana hunters legally killed 132,752 deer, while NJ hunters only bagged 52,784. At the same time, Indiana also has a higher murder rate than NJ, especially by firearms. So whether he's talking about shooting animals or shooting humans, he's quite right: Indianans *do* shoot more.
Gays?: But how might Holwager think "we love our families" is something that is *different* between Indiana and, say, New Jersey? And how might that difference map to the "Gays" part of the social conservative trinity? Or is he aluding to something else -- is "love of family" a code phrase of some sort?
I mean, to my decadent ears "we love our families" implies, "and we love & accept all the queer people in them." I'll go out on a limb, here, and guess that's probably not what Holwager means. Is this code for abortion rate, which is definitely higher in NJ? That could be it, given that energized Republican Congressmen are all charged up to reduce federal funding for abortion by re-defining what kind of rape "counts".
What else might "we love our families" mean? Does anyone have a decoder ring?