The Economist is Keynesian with mercantilist undertones. Any Republican, and there are many, who get their ideas from this literature is no true free-market, fiscal conservative let alone a Constitutionalist. Yeah, it can have some good reads but it's Establishment aka about state power—and that is not really conservative. Your cousin just sounds ignorant and misinformed.
He sounds like he may be a NeoCon. Just have to know more about his FP. Suzzer, I don't think you really know what a conservative is...thanks to modern media.
Serious, if republicans ever come back from around the bend? You mean their shift to the left the past ten years or so?
“The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.” ~ James Madison, Father of the Constitution
“We do not believe in aggressive or preventive war. Such war is the weapon of dictators, not of free democratic countries like the United States.”~ Truman, Sept 1, 1950