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'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 12:45 PM
So you're telling us that fiscal conservatives, even when faced with a threat like BO, will stay home if they find fault with a Republican candidate's social outlook? That instead of voting for Romney - who would provide better economy and maybe gay marriage - they tacitly acceded to fiscal ruin AND gay marriage? "Conservatives" can insist on purity, but the price may be much higher than accepting the need for a coalition to battle the extremely liberal activists - who know nothing of economics - that have the upper hand today.
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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