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Social Conservatives: GOP Can't Live Without Them

Johnny L. Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 8:25 AM
*sigh* Why are republicans so weak willed? Did Democrats start jettisoning segments of their coalition when they lost all three branches of government during the Bush years? Or when they massively lost the house in 2010? No. They doubled down. Now it looks like republicans are not just caving on social issues, but ALL issues. With republicans voting for higher taxes and citizenship for people who sneak into our country. What is left to draw people to the party? People might as well vote Dem.
Mountain Rose Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 9:31 AM
Thank you Johnny. I concur.
ericynot Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 9:00 AM
Johnny,

The answer to that is remarkably simple. The Republican Party could start walking the walk instead of just talking it. They've always said they were the party of limited government. Except they've never actually put that rhetoric into action. Let's see some real budget balancing. Let's see them say "No" to some of the special interests they've been coddling in exchange for campaign contributions. Let's see some strengthened ethics legislation. Let's see some adult behavior instead of the partisan kid stuff that characterizes them today.

In short, let's see real conservatism instead of a bunch of slogans and rhetoric.
ericynot Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 9:00 AM
Johnny,

The answer to that is remarkably simple. The Republican Party could start walking the walk instead of just talking it. They've always said they were the party of limited government. Except they've never actually put that rhetoric into action. Let's see some real budget balancing. Let's see them say "No" to some of the special interests they've been coddling in exchange for campaign contributions. Let's see some strengthened ethics legislation. Let's see some adult behavior instead of the partisan kid stuff that characterizes them today.

In short, let's see real conservatism instead of a bunch of slogans and rhetoric.
SteveL2 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 10:45 AM
And while we're at it, the GOP should return to the Reagan foreign policy of "Peace Through Strength" and abandon the Bush/Rumsfeld policy of armed nation-building in Third World countries.
PrayerPoseMom Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 9:00 AM
Or not vote at all... I don't necessarily think, though, that the social conservatives are rolling over everywhere within the Republican party. On the national level, yes. On the state level, there are lots of great fiscal and social conservatives that are effecting change. If we ever hope to change the party within the bubble of Washington, people will have to start finding the right kinds of candidates locally.
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...