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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Conservative Choice

Over at the AFP, Nathan Tabor has written a thoughtful article looking at the historical shift of Southern conservatives from the Democrat to the Republican party. Tabor looks at how the national Democrats abandoned their traditional base by embracing a liberal social agenda in the 1960s and 70s. As a result, the "solid south" disintegrated for the Dems, shifting their base to the northeast and pacific coast.

Tabor argues that Republican conservatives now face a similar crisis of conscience. The national party has embraced what he calls a "Big Tent" philosophy, ignoring conservatives in favor of so-called moderate candidates with national appeal like Schwartzenegger and Giuliani. Tabor says:

All conservatives have a choice. We could join forces with the Southern Democrats to form a new party; we could look to one of the existing third parties; or we can stand our ground and fight for that which we built. I believe we should fight for control of the party we built. The Republican Party cannot sustain itself on its moderate wing. The GOP needs conservatives to maintain its majorities and to win national office. Conservatives, not moderates, built the Republican Party.

The GOP can't afford to forsake its conservative base by running to the middle. It's time we let them know we are the party of faith, family and freedom. The time has come for us to let our voices be heard. First we must realize and accept the truth that the Republican Party is nothing without conservatives. Then we must demand that the party leadership respect this truth.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinating: a history of the evaporation of the solid south that manages to consign desegregation and racism to mere "bussing."

10:10 PM


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