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27 Apr 2011, 5:03 pm

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To me, classical conservatism was small federal government. That went out the window when religious groups decided the Republican party was the better vehicle for anti-abortion legislation, which had to be dealt with on a broader level once the Surpreme Court weighed in. Federal legislation is not small federal government.

Actually it goes back farther than that, to Richard Nixon's "southern strategy" in 1968. Basically he identified that the Kennedy/Johnson administration had left southern Democrats disenfranchised, and decided to pick up their votes through his stances on civil rights and international relations. That was the beginning of big government Republicans.

Recently, the Tea Party has done quite a good job at refocusing the Republicans on small government, at least on the economic side. The big Tea Party groups - Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Express, and FreedomWorks - basically ignore social issues.

However, if the Republicans jettisoned their forms of social activism, they'd lose the religious right, and they couldn't afford to do that unless by some miracle upper middle class Democrats suddenly realized that their objections to government bailouts and subsidies were right in line with the Republican platform and started voting Republican. Until then, the best your friends can hope for is probably that the Republican party take a position that social legislation should be left up to the states.



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27 Apr 2011, 5:11 pm

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holy crap. I just realized there are no classical conservatives left. 8O

My wife is one, possibly the only one. Of course, she calls herself a "monarchist".


I bet she'll be loving this Friday then?



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27 Apr 2011, 5:37 pm

psychohist wrote:
DW_a_mom wrote:
To me, classical conservatism was small federal government. That went out the window when religious groups decided the Republican party was the better vehicle for anti-abortion legislation, which had to be dealt with on a broader level once the Surpreme Court weighed in. Federal legislation is not small federal government.

Actually it goes back farther than that, to Richard Nixon's "southern strategy" in 1968. Basically he identified that the Kennedy/Johnson administration had left southern Democrats disenfranchised, and decided to pick up their votes through his stances on civil rights and international relations. That was the beginning of big government Republicans.

Recently, the Tea Party has done quite a good job at refocusing the Republicans on small government, at least on the economic side. The big Tea Party groups - Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Express, and FreedomWorks - basically ignore social issues.

However, if the Republicans jettisoned their forms of social activism, they'd lose the religious right, and they couldn't afford to do that unless by some miracle upper middle class Democrats suddenly realized that their objections to government bailouts and subsidies were right in line with the Republican platform and started voting Republican. Until then, the best your friends can hope for is probably that the Republican party take a position that social legislation should be left up to the states.


Pretty much the same time period, isn't it? Give or take a few years? I suppose the reality is that multiple forces were working to make the change ...


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27 Apr 2011, 7:51 pm

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Great here we go again...

DW_a_mom wrote:
To me, classical conservatism was small federal government. That went out the window when religious groups decided the Republican party was the better vehicle for anti-abortion legislation, which had to be dealt with on a broader level once the Surpreme Court weighed in. Federal legislation is not small federal government.


If the child in the womb is a person, then we are dealing with murder everytime an abortion takes place (or attempted murder if it is botched).

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There are many older Republican women who still like to say that the Republican party would be perfect if only it would get out of their uteruses.


Again though, it depends on whether or not you consider the child in the womb to be a person.

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All well documented by political historians, I believe.


Something you should pay attention to is the fact that historians particularly the closer you get to the present, the more biased they tend to act. Political historians especially.

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The Catholic Church was firmly Democrat because of the social justice issues until abortion became a hot issue. That was in the 70's. I remember the turn; I saw it happen.


That's one of the few areas I agree with the Catholic Church on, being pro-life.


yep ina we just don't get it cuz we is dum thanks for shedding light on the subject


As I recall, before Reagan turned the abortion issue into a Republican party plank, abortion was largely a non-partisan issue. Jesse Jackson was a pro-life liberal, and George W. Bush was a pro-choice conservative.

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27 Apr 2011, 8:21 pm

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As I recall, before Reagan turned the abortion issue into a Republican party plank, abortion was largely a non-partisan issue. Jesse Jackson was a pro-life liberal, and George W. Bush was a pro-choice conservative.

-Bill, otherwise known as Kraichgauer


Not really non-partisan, just not planked. It may not have been in the platform, but I remember after mass in the late 70's people were giving out single issue voter guides that said to vote for pro-life candidates, which all happened to be Republican. My mother was furious! Lol, she's a registered Republican with a socialist heart; can't think of the last time she actually voted Republican.


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28 Apr 2011, 3:09 am

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As I recall, before Reagan turned the abortion issue into a Republican party plank, abortion was largely a non-partisan issue. Jesse Jackson was a pro-life liberal, and George W. Bush was a pro-choice conservative.

Even Reagan was an "I'll never do it" pro-lifer, not a "you should never do it" pro-lifer. Don't forget he appointed O'Connor, who was instrumental in keeping the court on the pro-choice side for decades.

You must mean George H.W. Bush, the older guy, right? I think George W. Bush was pretty clearly not pro-choice; don't forget he's the one who prohibited use of new stem cell lines from aborted fetuses in research. His entire campaign strategy turned on getting out vote of the religious right.



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28 Apr 2011, 5:19 am

psychohist wrote:
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As I recall, before Reagan turned the abortion issue into a Republican party plank, abortion was largely a non-partisan issue. Jesse Jackson was a pro-life liberal, and George W. Bush was a pro-choice conservative.

Even Reagan was an "I'll never do it" pro-lifer, not a "you should never do it" pro-lifer. Don't forget he appointed O'Connor, who was instrumental in keeping the court on the pro-choice side for decades.

You must mean George H.W. Bush, the older guy, right? I think George W. Bush was pretty clearly not pro-choice; don't forget he's the one who prohibited use of new stem cell lines from aborted fetuses in research. His entire campaign strategy turned on getting out vote of the religious right.


Yes, I definitely meant George H.W. Bush.

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28 Apr 2011, 2:21 pm

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psychohist wrote:
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holy crap. I just realized there are no classical conservatives left. 8O

My wife is one, possibly the only one. Of course, she calls herself a "monarchist".

I bet she'll be loving this Friday then?

Evidently yes, as she informed me yesterday that she'd be getting up early on Friday so she could watch live.



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28 Apr 2011, 3:59 pm

psychohist wrote:
cdfox7 wrote:
psychohist wrote:
JakobVirgil wrote:
holy crap. I just realized there are no classical conservatives left. 8O

My wife is one, possibly the only one. Of course, she calls herself a "monarchist".

I bet she'll be loving this Friday then?

Evidently yes, as she informed me yesterday that she'd be getting up early on Friday so she could watch live.


lol its a royal free zone in my house tomorrow, to me its just another bloody wedding.