For the first half of my life, I was a Republican. I happily voted for Reagan and Bush Sr (and would vote for the latter again). I was raised in the MS Delta in a house with a cotton field on one side and a soybean field on the other. A few miles away (almost next door in Delta terms) there’s a small Southern Baptist church where the cemetery holds all my direct family line all the way back to 1870. Not far from there lived US Sen. John Eastland, a family acquaintance. He was a Democrat…but he was strongly, strongly conservative. Anyone who called him a liberal would have found themselves (and perhaps their family members) out of a job in short order. That, and I am to this day a strong Christian.
In other words, I know a bit about being a conservative.
Now, what do you think of the following proposals:
1. Provide federal assistance to low-income communities;
2. Protect Social Security;
3. Provide asylum for refugees;
4. Extend minimum wage;
5. Improve unemployment benefit system so it covers more people;
6. Strengthen labor laws so workers can more easily join a union;
7. Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of sex.
Sounds pretty liberal, huh? Downright socialist, huh? With the exception of #2, any Republican who supports any of those isn’t going to get elected, huh?
Let me ask you another question: was Dwight D. Eisenhower (the D-Day general and later president) a raving liberal socialist?
Hm? Was he? I ask that because ALL of those proposals were part of the 1956 GOP party platform when he ran for and won the presidency as a Republican.
What I’m getting to is that what you call “conservative” today…ain’t conservative. Y’all have forgotten what conservatism really is. Y’all have gotten to the point that if Reagan were able to run again, your pundits and televangelists would have metaphorically tarred-and-feathered him and ran him out of GOP-town on a rail.
If we want to go with the football-field metaphor, y’all moved the goalpost out past the locker room, past the parking lot, to the no-tell motel across the street…and as a result, y’all see any political position that’s still on the playing field as a far-left extremist socialist capitalism-destroying proposal.
So…no, today’s GOP is not conservative. It’s reactionary. Eisenhower knew the difference between the two. It would do you a world of good to learn what he knew.