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What is the Future of Conservatism?

Stuart95 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 12:27 PM
bcordon, In the recent election we faced the most obvious and definitive test of conservatism vs. socialism the nation has ever seen. Yet even that spectacle did not turn out enough conservatives to defeat BO & Pals. One must conclude that there are indeed not enough conservatives to win an election, or that many conservatives cannot be troubled to vote. The rest of us voters who do not want to repeat the tragedy of socialism are looking for a coalition that can defeat the Low-Information Voters. I've heard no realistic ideas competing with the concept of the R's easing up on the social dogma that alienates so many independents and libertarians, the only two groups smart enough to figure out how to defeat the growing ranks of LIV's.
Alex_P Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 12:55 PM
I beg to disagree.
In the recent election we saw a rampant socialist against a meek "let's keep it civil" socialist-lite statist crony-capitalist, which offered a slight chance that we may have a path to return to capitalism. Unfortunately, many young people did not see it as socialist against a chance of returning to capitalism; they saw it as one guy against another and voted their feelings.

I DON'T FALL IN LOVE with politicians – the last presidential candidate I voted for with ardor was Ronald Reagan in 1980 – and my heart doesn't break when those I support don't win. Nor am I a party loyalist. As a conservative I vote for Republicans more often than not; for those of us committed to free enterprise, limited government, military strength, and a healthy civil society, there is usually no better option. But the Republican Party isn't the conservative movement. And a GOP defeat doesn't mean conservatism – or the GOP, for that matter – is in crisis.

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