Fundamentally, Americans continue to prefer a limited government, a restrained judiciary, fiscal discipline, and traditional values. Actual voters are indicating that they prefer judges who apply the law equally over those who take into account the personal circumstances and life experiences of individuals who find themselves in a courtroom. They are as pro-life as they were in 2004 and believe that the Second Amendment is a crucial part of the Constitution. In California and Florida, they voted decisively to preserve traditional marriage.
The message to politicians seems quite clear. Voters remain conservative on social issues and strongly support protecting marriage and the traditional family. They liked Barack Obama and believed in his promised "change" and "hope" for a bright future, but they did not buy into a liberal agenda that would fundamentally change the structure of the family, nor did they vote for a liberal domestic agenda. In Conway's poll, more voters identified themselves as conservatives than self-identified as liberal both among those who identified themselves as Republican and those who self-identified as Democrat. In other words, regardless of their party affiliation, more voters are conservative than liberal.
Voters also voted conservative in far left San Francisco. In that notably leftist city, voters defeated a measure called Proposition K that would have essentially decriminalized prostitution. Supporters of the measure talked about "victimless crime" and painted a utopian picture of "sex work" that contradicted the fact that many of the city's prostitutes were brought into the United States from third world nations where ruthless criminals preyed on their vulnerability to lure, trick or entice them into sex slavery. If the measure had passed, San Francisco would have drawn some of the worst elements of the criminal world into its midst. The voters knew better and rejected Prop K.
All those who claim that the election of Barack Obama signals the end of conservatism in America and sidelines the values voters need to look at the facts. The success of the marriage initiatives in California, Florida and Arizona, and the rejection of Proposition K in San Francisco, indicates that conservative Christians are still a powerful force for good in America and still exert strong influence in the political arena. Conservatives can echo Mark Twain's words and declare, "Rumors of our demise are greatly exaggerated."
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