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Social Conservatives: GOP Can't Live Without Them

Mainstream_American Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 10:44 AM
"Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness before the authorities." The federal government shouldn't legislate "morality of any kind?" Usually when people make that kind of statement they are talking about not legislating sexual morality, and I happen to agree. However, I find the Declaration, the Preamble, and the Bill of Rights to be chock full of morality, along with many of the Amendments. Judeo-Christian values worked for the founders.
One of the largest elephants in the GOP's post-election room is the fate of Christian and other social conservatives. Party honchos can't just wish this problem away -- or, maybe they can.

There has been increasing hostility toward Christian involvement in politics, and the animus hasn't been solely from the left. To be sure, Democrats have taken the lead, demonizing conservative Christians as science-challenged scolds who don't care about women's "reproductive rights," but there is plenty of antipathy from certain elements within the Republican Party, as well.

Many establishment and some libertarian Republicans have long looked upon Christian conservatives with mild, condescending...