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Wake Up, Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservatives

5thDegreeInSight Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 9:24 AM
As an historian let me agree very lightly with those who say pay attention to the fiscal, regulatory, constitutional and rule of law issues first. I say this because those are the issues that are the proper purview of the political system - and because if those are addressed it is the natural order of things that the social values of society become more conservative. The waves of "awakening" in societies seem to come after constitutionalism is strengtened. Social conservatives can achieve their objectives by supporting political and fiscal responsibility now and in a generation their fondest dreams would be realized.
5thDegreeInSight Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 9:26 AM
PS When you insist on the social values first before the political structure that brings them about is in place you lose elections.

Dear Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservative Friend,

That's pretty toothy, so I'm going to call you Bob.

But whatever specific name you go by, Bob, you know who you are. You're the sort of person who says to his conservative friends or co-workers something like, "I would totally vote for Republicans if they could just give up on these crazy social issues."

When you explain your votes for Barack Obama, you talk about how Republicans used to be much more moderate and focused on important things such as low taxes, fiscal discipline and balanced budgets.

When Colin Powell was on "Meet the...