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To: penowa

“I am a conservative and when the Republican party stops being the conservative party...”

So being “conservative” or a “conservative party” means total subjagation to a single issue? Being conservative means you subscribe to a certain positions on a wide range of issues, even though you may rate them in personal importance.

There are many issues that can make one a conservative, pro life one of them. Just because some, during this specific point in out history, elevate the issue of terrorism to a higher level than before on their radar does not mean your issue is any less important than theirs, but one has to balance competing issues and blend them into a strategy that can win at the ballot box or the enemy slips into positions of power and sets your entire movement back decades.

I understand the abortion issue is the most important to many people, and for good reason. But IMHO elevating it to the point where any and all other issues become funtionally irrelevant does not make one a “conservative”.

Conservatives judge and balance all issues before them and know the strategic importance of any one can vary depending on the realities of the political, social and economic scene at the time. IMO, those that aren’t willing to allow their most important issue to take a secondary position occasionally and for shoret periods of time when the political realities demand it are not conservatives, they are ideologues.


132 posted on 10/04/2007 10:42:26 AM PDT by Bob J (sis)
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To: Bob J
-—”There are many issues that can make one a conservative, pro life one of them.”-—

And there are many issues that make Rudy a Liberal, being rabidly Pro-abortion is just one of them.

134 posted on 10/04/2007 10:45:07 AM PDT by TitansAFC ("My 80% enemy is not my 20% friend" -- Common Sense)
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