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Monday, November 19, 2012

FRSFreeStatePlus: RedState: Morton C. Blackwell: An Open Letter to Conservatives: The Fall of Religious Conservatism

An open letter to conservatives | RedState

Back in 1964 after Senator Barry Goldwater the GOP Presidential nominee lost in a landslide to President Johnson. Not even getting 40% of the popular vote and only winning six states in a two man race, if you want to call it that. Even though I believe Senator Goldwater would be one of the first people to tell you that he wasn't going to win. And was sorta a reluctant candidate for President to begin with but thats not what his Presidential campaign was about. Which is what I'm about to get to but after the Goldwater defeat, the media of course were predicting the death of Conservative Republicanism and perhaps Conservatism. All together after President Johnson a somewhat Liberal Democrat who pushed for civil rights and so fourth. Had not only won reelection in a landslide but Congressional Democrats won huge majorities in both the House and Senate. Actually added to those majorities and of course Congressional Republicans bounced back in 1966, not winning back Congress. But giving them strong enough minorities in Congress to be a force again and of course Dick Nixon elected President in 1968.

I read a column from the right wing magazine RedState arguing that Conservatism was pronounced dead in 1964 and it bounced back. The so called glorious death of a Presidential campaign that sparked a Conservative movement that saw. A Conservative Republican win the Presidency in 1980 to go along with a Republican Senate, the first time in over a generation. There are some problems with this argument, one it wasn't that Conservatism died or took a big hit in 2012 its religious Conservatism. Or Fundamentalism that did, the Conservative values of economic freedom, fiscal responsibility, strong defense protecting society from. Criminals and terrorists and all that, are still strong but what has taken a big hit and I don't believe will come. Back at least as a governing faction in America, is Statism whether it comes from the right or left and in 2012 it came from the right.

The demographics simply don't favor today's GOP the so called traditional values or America coalition is not. Only dying off but not being replaced and what we saw in 2012 with their candidates being defeated the way they did. Like in Indiana and Missouri, Virginia even with George Allen, even though he's more Moderate but he comes from that faction of the party. And what we saw from candidates like Rick Santorum and Michelle Bachmann, where Republicans who love these candidates but not willing. To put enough support behind him where they could actually win, because Republicans believed they had. No shot at defeating President Obama, is this feeling even with some Republicans that these type of candidates. Are so far out of the mainstream now, that if we support them they'll lose overwhelmingly.

What Republicans need to do going forward is not try to expand the religious right base or try to get them. To work harder for them because they've gotten everything out of this box that they can but what they need. To do is expand the GOP with new voters who don't traditionally vote Republican and go after these voters. That will represent the majority of the electorate politically in the future, that like the Republican message of economic and religious freedom and fiscal responsibility.