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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Commentary: Peter Wehner: The Recalibration of Conservatism

The Recalibration of Conservatism: pI heard from a couple of prominent conservatives yesterday who mentioned to me the pessimism, and even depression, they sense among conservatives throughout the land. That’s understandable, given the results of the 2012 election. Because unlike 2008, this is an election Barack Obama should have lost and that the right fully expected him to lose. [...]/p

The lets say renewal of American Conservatism should be about limited government and getting back to Goldwater/Reagan Conservatism. Which is what made this movement a powerful force in American politics in the 1970s and 80s and something that could compete. Against Liberalism and Progressivism, the Republican party and American Conservatism looked dead in 1965, 77 and 1993. After one Democrat got overwhelmingly reelected in LBJ in 1964 with huge Democratic majorities in Congress. When Republican Presidents lost reelection in 1976 and 1992 to Democrats and two Democratic Congress's. Being reelected in 1976 and 92, but by 1966 and 68, Conservative Republicans were back as players in Congress. And Richard Nixon gets elected President in 1968, the Republican party went through similar periods in 1978 and 80. Again picking up seats in both the House and Senate in 1978 and winning back the White House in 1980 with Ron Reagan. And electing a Republican Senate.

After losing the White House in 1992 and to go with another Democratic Congress, Republicans did comeback. In 1994 by electing a Republican Congress but this comeback was different, because the instead of Goldwater/Reagan. Conservative Republicans being elected to the House and Senate, the religious right became such a powerful force in the GOP. That they could literally costs Republicans seats and fundraising, if the GOP doesn't do what they want, so this is where the. GOP became more of a religious Conservative party, rather then a politically Conservative party. The religious right is not going to get the Republican party back in power to the point that they control Congress and the. White House again but Goldwater/Reagan Conservative Republicans could get the GOP back into power. Because with a real Conservative philosophy, the GOP could simply bring in new voters.

Republicans need a message that reaches out to voters across the board and be able to communicate economic. And fiscal Conservatism in a way that tells Americans that this is the path forward, limited government and economic freedom. Without sounding like a Big Government party when it comes to social issues and no longer be that party that. Looks intolerant towards non Bible Belt Republicans and Americans who aren't Republicans and be a party that believes. That free Americans should be free to live their own lives, rather then government trying to tell them how they should live. And what it means to be an American, economically Conservative and socially Moderate-Libertarian, a classically Conservative. Party and the GOP will always be strong.