John Avlon writes in National Review Online about the need for the Republican Party to "Modernize."
The writer is a self-confessed Independent, which usually indicates either self-important sanctimony or ponderous ignorance. How hard is it, after all, to take sides between the Party that (rather haplessly at times) stands for limited government, free enterprise and strong national security and the Party that stands for Big Government, Redistribution of Wealth and Blame-America-First?
Anyway, the thesis of his article is that Social Conservatives are proponents of big government, in support of which he cites our various defensive actions in the culture war as evidence that Social Conservatives are intent on getting “government into the bedroom.” I was struck particularly by the following nonsense paragraph.
< The Gallup poll has been tracking attitudes on abortion for three decades, and in 2008 found that only 17 percent of Americans want abortion illegal in all circumstances, consistent with the GOP party platform’s support for a constitutional ban on abortion. On the opposite extreme, Gallup found that only 28 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be legal under all circumstances. Most Americans are in the middle, favoring reasonable restrictions within which a woman — not the government — has a right to choose whether she will give birth.> [emphasis mine]
I defy the author, or anyone else, to identify a considered version – much less the GOP Platform endorsed version – of a Human Life Amendment that would OUTLAW anything. This distinction is not splitting hairs, rather it goes directly to the heart of why Social Conservatives are authentically Conservative and Mr. Avlon’s give-the-people-what-they-want Libertarianism is not.
Conservatism is not anarchy, nor is it merely about limited government, it is about Constitutionally limited and defined government, with the just powers of government deriving from the consent of the governed. Social Conservatives have consistently fought to have society’s laws enacted by representative elected bodies, accountable to the Governed, while the advance of the social upheaval that Avlon refers to as “Progressive” has occurred primarily through the unelected unaccountable courts, and has been forced upon the Governed without their consent, Roe v. Wade being the Cornerstone of that malfeasance.
Moreover, Conservatives respect the intentions and institutions of America’s Founding Fathers, including a distrust of direct democracy. That’s why Conservatives understand that the only will of the People that matters is that which is expressed by the lawful acts of Constitutionally endowed entities, not the results of the latest public opionion poll.