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'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

Anominus Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 11:29 AM
"But the welfare state AND the police state DON'T threaten your "fiscal well-being"?" Obviously, they both do, and I never implied otherwise. Drug use begets both increased welfare state and increased police state. The reason I target the welfare state first is because drug use inflates the welfare state by creating additional dependent individuals. If we legalize drug use while the welfare state is in place, we are creating more dependent persons, and as seen in the last election, dependent persons will always vote for more dependency, thereby decreasing the likelihood of eliminating the welfare state.
For some years now, we have been told about a major division within American conservatism: fiscal conservatives vs. social conservatives.

This division is hurting conservatism and hurting America -- because the survival of American values depends on both fiscal and social conservatism. Furthermore, the division is logically and morally untenable. A conservative conserves all American values, not just economic ones.

By "social conservatism," I am referring to the second and third components of what I call the American Trinity -- liberty, "In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum."

It is worth noting that a similar bifurcation does not exist on the left. One...

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