Where do we go from here?
I disagree emphatically with both. A Church that does not confess- especially when truth is under attack- is salt that has lost its savor. And a Republican party that does not stand for Federalism, the rule of law, and the integrity of the Constitution has no reason to exist.
We are where we are at least in part because social conservatives both inside and outside the Church and the Republican party have allowed ourselves to be intimidated into silence by the liberal media and the popular culture. Slavery was not defeated by making nice-nice with the slaveholders, and the Church did not triumph over paganism by meekly burning incense to the Emperor.