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To: ansel12
Social conservatism was a major factor in the political climate of the late 1800s. There were many political figures of the time who were economically progressives, but also social conservatives - people like William Jennings Bryan. And attempting to just forget that is little more then attempting to whitewash history. Quite a bit of what was advocated is far from the mainstream conservative that exists today.

I'm talking about stuff like the temperance movement, the drive towards centralized, state-run schools (fears of schools run by the foreign parents of immigrant children, or even worse, Catholics, played a major role in the government takeover of schools), anti-miscegenation legislation, Blue Laws, and so on. That's hardly even touching economic views - radical labor and agrarian populist groups like the Farmers-Alliance were arm-and-arm with social-conservatives. There was very much an alliance in that era between many social-conservatives who sought to use government power to create a virtuous society and populist economic groups. Being a social-conservative doesn't automatically bring about other conservative views on the nature of government, or economics.

34 posted on 09/28/2012 7:05:11 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Try to stay focused, for one thing Catholics are not social conservative voters, Evangelicals are.

People that are social liberals like you, are almost all democrats, people who are social conservatives are almost all conservative voters.

You don’t know that do you?


35 posted on 09/28/2012 7:59:07 PM PDT by ansel12
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