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'Fiscal' Conservatism Needs 'Social' Conservatism

WRH Bill Wrote: Jan 22, 2013 3:25 PM
As one of those awful "godless" libertarians, allow me to suggest it may be possible to agree with Prager that some "social conservative" type values are helpful in maintaining a society of limited government and personal responsibility, without assuming that it is therefore GOVERNMENT's job to promote, or enforce, social-- or religious-- conservatism. I agree with Prager's slogan, "The bigger the government, the smaller the people." But I must conclude he considers America's religious believers to be pretty "small" and helpless, since he frequently calls for government action to promote and preserve his "Judeo-Christian" religion.
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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