Thursday, October 07, 2010

For All You Atheist Libertarian Types ...

... who are lamenting over the notion that social conservatives have allegedly "hijacked" what you see as "your" Tea Party movement, let's just get a couple of things straight:

(1) Social conservatives (of which I am one) were part of the Tea Party movement (of which I am not) from the very beginning, providing much, if not most, of the energy behind the movement (social conservatives don't tend to compartmentalize their conservatism as do, say, so-called "fiscally conservative/socially liberal" types - in fact, social conservatives tend to be more consistently fiscally conservative than the self-described fiscal conservatives).

(2) Thousands of social conservative activists getting together in church basements around the country to organize in support of families, marriage, decent schools, and the right to life - THAT's a "movement". You and a couple of your stoner buddies getting together in your mom's basement to smoke pot, view porn, and bitch about the government - NOT a "movement".

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At 10/07/2010 2:22 PM, Blogger Paul Zummo said...

I always laugh at the likes of AP. Dollars to donuts a social conservative is more likely to be a fiscal conservative than a social liberal. How often do we see the "fiscally conservative, socially liberal" types wind up being not so fiscally conservative either coughGovernatorcough.

John Hawkins has a good post about this in reply to Dick Morris.

At 10/07/2010 3:14 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


Show me someone who claims to be a "fiscal conservative" and a social liberal, and I'll show you either:

(1) a plain-old liberal who thinks his taxes are a little high;

(2) someone whose alleged "fiscal conservatism" is malleable to whatever his social liberalism dictates; or

(3) someone who is so preoccupied with what other liberals think of him (which is why ha adopts the socially liberal mantra in the first place), that at the first sign of left-wing horror over the alleged real-world repercussions of his fiscally conservative policy preferences, he will drop said fiscal conservatism like a hot potato.

No definition of conservatism that means anything could possibly encompass redefining the basic unit of civilization or ignoring the cries of the unborn ripped untimely from their mothers' wombs.


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