Thursday, June 18, 2009

Meaning of Conservatives As Largest Ideological Group

Gallup released a poll on 15 June 2009 entitled “Conservatives” Are Single-Largest Ideological Group.
Thus far in 2009, 40% of Americans interviewed in national Gallup Poll surveys describe their political views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This represents a slight increase for conservatism in the U.S. since 2008, returning it to a level last seen in 2004. The 21% calling themselves liberal is in line with findings throughout this decade, but is up from the 1990s.
So what does this mean? The fact that the Republican Party leaders and elected officials -- the traditional and should be ideological home to conservatives -- have no idea who their constituency is.

Many conservatives have abandoned the Republican Party for fringe parties that never win elections or belong no party as all (that'd be me). They have done so because the Republican Party has abandoned them on most issues.

As I recently visited with some relatives in Tennessee, we all concluded that if the Republicans ever want to resume power nationally and set the national agenda, they must embrace all of the conservative values.

If the Party can win back most conservatives, many of the moderates will have to choose between liberalism, socialism, communism, authoritianism and fascism, that being the current Democrat Party leadership -- not the Democrat Party as a whole, just their leaders and key policy wonks (the lowest ideological base in the nation).

This pole should open up the eye of the Republican Party leaders. Conservative ideology is what will win national elections, not middle of the road, fence sitting moderates. America is not ideologically liberal. They were hoodwinked by a fascist -- a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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