I know people like this through Church connections. The ones I know aren't hard-core conservatives--for example, welfare doesn't frost their buns nearly as badly as it does mine--but they do believe in giving generously, and don't believe in giving away other people's money. Similarly, they believe in being "good stewards" of the planet, but they don't go in for Greenpeace. They don't believe in adultery, but they also don't believe in stoning. "Conservatives in birks" is not a bad description of these folks.
Disclaimer: I own a pair of cork sandals, but they aren't birks. I don't wear them, though, because sandals seem to promote stinky feet like crazy.
My wife and I fit the description of "crunchy cons," and I guarantee you that we are *at least* as conservative as you or anyone on the list. As with any ideology, there are degrees of difference -- I'm sure you're right about the people you know, I just didn't want you to think that we are all conservative-light.
I resemble that remark! ;o)
Yeah, I eat tofu, hug trees, cry at bunny funerals, plant my veges, dance in drum circles, spend my own money on charities etc.
I think it just boils down to having core beliefs in common. The rest is just window dressing.
We are a nation of individuals.... ;)