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Ronald Reagan’s conservative revolution marches on in America
The London Telegraph ^ | January 13, 2012 | Nile Gardiner

Posted on 01/14/2012 12:57:10 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Twenty-three years on from the end of the greatest US presidency of the 20th century, the conservative revolution led by Ronald Reagan continues. America may be led by the most Left-wing American president of the modern era, but the nation remains at its core a deeply conservative country, with conservatives holding a huge lead over liberals in the latest Gallup poll. According to Gallup:

Political ideology in the U.S. held steady in 2011, with 40% of Americans continuing to describe their views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. This marks the third straight year that conservatives have outnumbered moderates, after more than a decade in which moderates mainly tied or outnumbered conservatives.

… Sizable segments of Americans identify with each of the three major ideological groups on the U.S. political spectrum; however, in recent years, conservatives have become the single largest group, consistently outnumbering moderates since 2009 and outnumbering liberals by 2-to-1.

Significantly, there has been a shift to the Right in recent years among Independents. As Gallup notes:

Independents — who make up the largest political group in the country – have been steadier ideologically than either major party group over the last decade. However, since 2008, the proportion describing themselves as moderate has declined slightly, from 46% to 41%, and the proportion who are conservative has increased slightly, from 30% to 35%. Currently, the largest segment of independents describe their views as moderate, while significantly more identify as conservative than as liberal, 35% vs. 20%.

What explains the continuing strength of conservatism in America...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; polls; reagan
Then why is Obama in office? Why does Harry Reid control the senate? Why are we one justice away from disaster on the supreme court?
1 posted on 01/14/2012 12:57:20 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Then why is Obama in office?

Because the GOP didn't field a conservative against him. Doesn't look like they will in 2012 either. 40% of the nation may be conservative, but neither major political party represents them.
2 posted on 01/14/2012 1:18:43 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

The two major parties represent the money that funds them. Individual politicians in both parties, with very few exceptions, represent themselves. Average citizens fend for themselves, some aligning with monied interests whether the money comes from government or crony capital. Others try to make a life for themselves as independently as possible subject to the whims of nature and dictates of an elite ruling class constantly changing the rules to extract a larger share of the economic pie. This is pretty much the condition of mankind through all of history.

Unfortunately the free republic envisioned by the founders really ended with the widespread availability of free land. Once an oppressed or unhappy individual could no longer pull up stakes and carve out his independent existence on unsettled land, the conditions for government to slowly increase its power over every facet of the individual’s life were in place.

As long as the western frontier existed, an individual could walk away from government control if he were prepared to work incredibly hard to provide for his own existence. America became a great nation because millions made that choice, worked hard, survived, and prospered on the frontier.

It is not a coincidence the ending of the frontier as the 19th century closed, was followed quickly by the progressive movement and growth of the federal government in the first decade of the 20th century. Today we have gone full circle.

Our political class today is not unlike that of Great Britain in 1776, preoccupied with living the good life while forcibly collecting and redistributing what it considers a fair share of the average citizen’s production. Any politician who serves more than one term is a member of the elite ruling class. An elitist is neither free nor a conservative.

Anyone who believes either political party today represents conservatism need only consider how the Tea Party, a genuine grassroots conservative political movement, has been treated by the establishments of both political parties proving there is no political party representing conservatives in America today.

3 posted on 01/14/2012 2:31:12 AM PST by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

If anybody but romney wins the RINO GOP will team up with the RATS

4 posted on 01/14/2012 3:29:20 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

...Yep, marching on right into the sunset...

The Reagan revlution was more than just one man...It was a whole bucnh of American who finally realized after such a debacle of a oprevious adminitration, that the time was right for a “change”...

Now where have we seen and heard this before???

But I do not believe anyone in the curr4ent slate of GOP candidates can even come close to matching the leadership of Ronald Reagan...

I think what we need to do is reside ourselves to the fact that Obama is going to keep the WH...So if that becomes more and more evident, then our focus should be on regaining the majority in the Senate (no easy task), and maintain our control in Congress...

This will partially neuter the administration and force many things to be considered for executive order for the next 4 years...

But then again with the feckless majority of representatives we have now, including many republicans, I am not so sure the fix is still not in...

Just my opinion...

5 posted on 01/14/2012 3:48:00 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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Exactly,where in Gods Name does this Conservative Behemoth Manifest itself in America Today? Eric Holders Justice Dept.? The Banking and Financial Community?The Health Care Industry? Oh I know, in the White House,Obama was on the News and is Going to Consolidate Government agencies,he has Created Millions of Jobs,he has Cut Spending by a Trillion dollars,He Makes Recess appointments Faster than a Speeding Bullet,The Main stream Press that bastion of Conservatism reports all of this so it must be True! Thats where it resides ,I feel so much better,no More Listening to those Hate Mongers on Talk Radio

6 posted on 01/14/2012 3:53:02 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The problem I have with that Gallup poll is that libs will mislead (imagine THAT, huh?) as to their political ideology. Lefties would like us all to believe THEY are the political center, and anything to the right of them is reactionary and “ultra-right wing.”

If poll respondents told the truth, it would shake out to center-left. Exhibit “A” on the evidence table: “President” Barack Obama. A country that leans to the right doesn`t elect alinskyite radical socialists. America did.

7 posted on 01/14/2012 3:59:34 AM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.)
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Why is the Marxist in office? Because we didn’t unite behind McCain. This year, we need to unite to defeat the Marxist and elect Conservatives in Congress. Our. future depends on defeating the Marxist. If we don’t, America as we know it is done.

8 posted on 01/14/2012 4:17:06 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: ballplayer

Well done Sir!! :)

9 posted on 01/14/2012 4:55:28 AM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If liberals are the minority bloc, and they can pull of a
voter fraud percentage to make up for it, they’re no longer a minority bloc.
Clean up elections in the states, and the people will be heard.
Photo I.D. required.
Must be a citizen.
Must be a taxpayer.
Can only vote once.

10 posted on 01/14/2012 5:27:31 AM PST by Fireone (Building the gallows, this one has two nooses.)
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11 posted on 01/14/2012 5:36:30 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Because the Gallup poll is completely useless as it is subjective. This is not a deep analysis based on 50 questions determine ones conservatism. Instead those called are asked to identify themselves as conservative or liberal. My experience is liberals very often think they are moderate. And moderates consider themselves conservative.

12 posted on 01/16/2012 11:09:36 AM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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