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These people constantly ignore the power of homeschooling, maybe because they are in denial about the millions of people doing it.
Homeschooling is where the rubber meets the road for both social and economic conservatives. Whether you object to property taxes bleeding you dry, or the overwhelming desire of the state to indoctrinate your children with its social mores, the homeschooling Christian is profoundly conservative - without wavering or quarter.
On this point the question is, why don't the social conservatives favor a total ban, not only on private embryonic stem cell research, but on all private scientific or fertility treatment related uses of human embryos that result in the destruction or discarding of such embryos? If these embryos are human persons as valuable as you or I, why don't social conservatives believe they are deserving of legal protection?
By the same token, opposition to same sex marriage doesnt involve any effort to block or penalize private gay relationships, but merely a desire to stop the governmental sanction and support involved in state backed matrimony.
But many social conservatives support sodomy laws, which prohibit gay sex, as well as many forms of heterosexual sex. Many also support government crusades against adult pornography, strip clubs, sex toys, and "indecent" television and radio programs. These positions are directly contrary to the libertarian sensibilities that tend to predominate among economic conservatives.
Medved is misrepresenting quite alot in this article. The divide between social and economic conservatives is very real.
The Republican Party is not simply the money party. See Ted Turner, Bill Gates, George Soros,...
Social programs keep the labor pool large and cheap (both halves in more families working full time and not having kids). Homeschooling presents more potential business competition, as do whole families. Environmentalism keeps potential competition away. Think...
Good article. Thanks for posting it.