Rand Paul had this to say about the direction of Conservatism
I believe a Republican Party that is more tolerant and dedicated to keeping the government out of people’s lives as much as possible would be more appealing to the rising generation. We have a nation of 300 million people who all harbor very different opinions on various policies. We have a Constitution that allows, even requires, many of these decisions to be made at the state and local level, which could accommodate the diversity of opinion in this country. Most young people I encounter simply have no desire to tell other people what to do or how to live.
Well I could not agree more, even though The Right Scoop disagrees
That said, I don’t agree with his foreign policy and I don’t like what I think I’m hearing now, that Republicans need to take the ‘social conservatism’ and chuck it. I don’t know what else he could mean in the above paragraph. “Diversity of opinion”? Telling other people “how to live”? “Republican Party that is more tolerant”?
Sorry, but I’m not a libertarian for a reason and I just can’t chuck my principles out the window either. As I’ve pointed out many times before, some of these so-called ‘tolerant’ views will infringe on my right to disagree with these views down the road. When we go the route that the left wants us to take, often times giving someone else a right means taking a right away from someone else.
In my view, this is not about “chucking” my, or anyone else’s principles. Paul is right about the Constitution leaving most decisions up to states and municipalities. And we DEFINITELY need to make the federal government as insignificant in our lives as possible, and, I would add making state government as insignificant in our lives at the state level, and definitely the same goes for county and city governments. It is called liberty. Sorry I DO NOT trust government to constrain itself, and I am not a fan of some Social Conservatives who want the government limited until THEY get offended by something, which is why I have disdain for groups like the American Family Association, and Conservatives like Rick Santorum. Now, Right Scoop IS correct in that we must guard against what the Left wants, which is to ban the ability to disagree with other’s choices, for example, Gay couples suing a bakery or florist who does not want to do their wedding. Businesses ought to have every right to NOT do business with anyone they damn well do not want to do business with. Again, THAT is liberty. And , I would think that taking power away from government would help in that venture. The fact is government at all levels is far too involved in our lives.
Bill Quick puts it this way
The wave of the political future in America is not socon, by the way. It’s libcon. Of conservatarian.
I agree. I talk to so many people, especially young people who have more in common with Conservatism, pro-life, pro gun rights, pro smaller government, lower taxes, less regulations than they do Liberalism. But they also cringe when Conservatives start talking about blaming video games for school shootings, or banning pornography, or turning the FCC loose on shows that some SoCons are upset by, or getting the government involved on our personal morals. Like it or not those stances turn many folks off. Frankly they think it is best if they decide for themselves in most decisions, free of government interference. they may not like big government done Liberal style, but are equally distrustful of big government that leans the other way.