In 1960, 72 percent of American adults were married compared to 51 percent in 2010. So the decline of marriage and the increasing preponderance of singles is another clear trend favoring Democrat Party big government, moral relativist policies.
These very real trends constitute a major culprit in the increasing tension within the Republican Party. One part of the party is throwing up its hands up in surrender, resigned that conservative candidates can no longer win national elections. Conservatives, on the other hand, say we cannot abandon what is vital for fixing the nation. In the spirit of Lincoln, conservatives want to lead and mold opinion in communities that never hear this message.
In the end, the question is what you believe to be true.
Republicans who think that America can recover its strength, prosperity, and greatness despite the collapse of the American family, with half our babies born to unwed mothers, with abortion used as birth control, and with most Americans on the government dole in one way or another, can abandon conservative principles in pursuit of possible short term political gains.
But conservatives, who truly believe that these social pathologies lie at the root of what is transforming a once great nation into a second-class mediocre nation, will not abandon principles and will continue to strive to mold public opinion in hope of getting America back on track.