Just this past September, at the Values Voter Summit, Sen. Jim DeMint made the remark that “you cannot be a real fiscal conservative if you” are not a social conservative and also said “we need a big God to have a small Government.” Then again, just this week, he just reaffirmed this idea.
I think there is a predominant feeling in the conservative movement that, at a time when the nation is faced with an overwhelmingly leftist government, the last thing the conservative movement needs is to let God and “social issues” (whatever that means) out of the closet to divide and splinter the movement. Coupled with the increasing influence of libertarianism and with an aim toward unity in the conservative movement, religion and issues that are closely linked to religious belief have been locked up, kind like that crazy aunt that’s just a little bit too Christiany for polite society.
The Tea Party movement, which has spearheaded the conservative revival in America has been focused on the over-size and over-reach of government and the cancerous growth in government spending. Are not the issues of government intrusion into the life of the citizen and the insane amount of deficit spending both moral issues? Isn’t the question of the extent to which the government can take the fruit of one person’s labor and give it to another, whether you want to call it charity or theft, a moral issue? Isn’t the printing of $900 billion dollars of paper money, apart from any value to back it up, whether you want to call it “Quantitative Easing” or fraud, a moral issue? If these are moral issues, which I certainly believe that they are, then are they not also issues that affect society; are they not “social issues”?