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'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

johnm h Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 11:48 AM
When one subscribes to one or another of the West's religious traditions, one is subscribing to 4 thousand years of trial and error, thought reflection on what works best for individuals, families, communities and tribes. You can call it natural law, revelation, or the rules and attitudes that constrain chaos in fruitful directions. You can try to figure it all out on your own or you can accept that tradition embodies wisdom and then attempt to figure out how it pertains to the present. Those who start from scratch don't have a very good record.
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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