Originally Posted by Prison Bitch
I'm sorry, but if you're arguing Reagan wasn't a clear social conservative in his 1980 & 1984 campaigns, I'm going to assume you're either joking or crazy. He was the one who married the GOP to the religious right. Not Ike, not Nixon - and not his successor Bush Sr either. It was him. And it was a brilliant strategy.
Reagan was an ardent pro-lifer on the Presidential stump. I don't know what he thought of many of today's social issues because they weren't issues 25 years ago.
Reagan absolutely broadened his appeal to both social conservatives and libertarians. That's how he grew the party - finding a way to satisfy them both. That appeal came through the idea of shrinking government. Right now, Neocons are basically saying "we don't need to shrink government, come on guys - come back to the table and lets find compromise with these guys." And of course, the left is saying, "yes we agree with these establishment neocons that we hate so much, do give way to these rational thinkers." The Neocons are worried about losing ground on their foriegn policy initiatives, and the Democrats are worried about losing ground on their national and globoal socioeconomic agendas. Libertarians are the fly in both of their ointment.
That's all this is when you see Direckshun and other leftists relishing these moderate thinkers who are willing to compromise in order to bring us "progress" through government largess.