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Social Conservatives: GOP Can't Live Without Them

Troglodite Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 7:14 PM
Ever since Aristotle, we have known that a democratic polity rests on its Middle Class, defined not only by its economic position, but also by its "bourgeois virtues": fair dealing, thrift, hard work, prudence, a willingness to defer gratification, etc. Historically, these virtues were supported by religion and cultivated in and for families. Prior to the Sexual Revolution, growing up and acquiring the bourgeois virtues was the price a young man paid to get a wife (and to get his ashes hauled as often as he would like). The Sexual Revolution has helped to undo the bourgeois virtues and the Middle Class and to create cohorts of short-sighted parasites who vote for the party of bread and circuses.
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...