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Blog: Conservative Democrats: Republicans Respect You More!

There a number of Democratic constituencies whose conservative values find no respect in the current Democratic Party. The CA GOP must welcome them with open arms into their Big Tent.

Ronald Reagan was a "Greatest Generation" Conservative Democrat. He survived the Great Depression, and served his country during World War II. He respected unions, and he was even the President of one: The Screen Actors Guild. His leadership prevented the infiltration of Communist elements into the movie industry, but he stood up for the professionals in this guild.

When the Democratic Party refused to take a tough stand on Communism, Reagan openly endorsed Barry Goldwater, the first Republican Presidential candidate to talk tough about Communism, Big Government, and the dangers of an expanding welfare state. Goldwater's inarticulate stance on civil rights and his misguided jingoism, plus the nation's hurt feelings following the sudden assassination of John F. Kennedy, hurt Goldwater immensely, and the Republican Party suffered its worst "shellacking" in U.S. History.

But Goldwater's failure turned into Conservative-Democrat-turned-Republican Reagan's success, first for his two terms as California's governor, then his two terms as United States President. He did not get there with Republican votes only, especially in 1984, when he swept forty-nine states, including liberal Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and the rest of the "moderate" Northeast. He needed a lot of help from Democrats, who go by unique labels:

Gun-rack Democrats: these men and women work for their bread and provide for their fields and their families. They care about God and country. Some Gun-rack Democrats live in the Central Valley, where they take care of business, but more importantly they want a party that will take care of the "working man."

Reagan Democrats: this term is more comprehensive, but refers to those who liked the strong leadership and charisma of a President who understood what they went through growing up during the Great Depression, who understood the preeminece of working hard for pay to make your way in this world from day to day.

Moderate Democrats: these men and women honor the individual interests of people, and they perceive the growing distance of party elites with the well-being of working people on Main Street. They do not like abortion, but they are concerned that a woman's right to choose will be completely removed. They would prefer wise governance, but out of tradition they vote Democrat.

Conservative Democrats: These men and women care about faith, family, and finances, but they believed that the Republican Party represented the "Rich, Elites", while the Democratic Party cared about "you and me". This seeming respect emerged during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's four terms in office; however, his policies caused more harm than good for a country whose small recession expanded into a "Great Depression" because of Roosevelt's ruinous policies. The realignment of a growing welfare state has now created a culture of confusion and unrest for many, and conservative Democrats, who recognize the failures of FDR's agenda, deserve to maintain their conservatism where it will be honored: in the Republican Party.

Then there are the "Greatest Generation" Democrats, who fought for this country, whether in World War II or Korea. They understand the value of a dollar, they worked hard for themselves and their future, and they look forward to raising their children and their grandchildren. Today, the Democratic leadership in Sacramento respects neither the vote nor the values of these "Greatest Generation" Conservatives.

The values of faith, family, and fiscal responsibility no longer define the Democratic Party. Today, the Democratic Machine has become a coalition of competing ideologies, in which different pandering, self-serving special interests demand a different piece of the state's revenue, whether individual taxpayers want to pay for them or not.

The union lobby has a stranglehold on the statehouse and the schoolhouse. The Greatest Generation never assumed that the government would take care of them, but union leaders have forced working employees to take "union support" and then demand that future generations pay for retired workers pensions and benefits, which school districts and cities can no longer afford without cutting basic services.

The environmental lobby has put the welfare of plants, animals, and the earth ahead of people. Conservative Democrats did not fight for this country and work their way into prosperity, only to see a dedicated vocal minority of environmentalists take it away with high regulations and red-tape interventionism. The rugged outdoorsmanship of "gun-rack Democrats" is also being displaced by this elite cadre of "Green freaks," whose policies are just as wasteful and dangerous as the tax-and-spend statism of current Democratic leaders like President Barack Obama.

The divergent social views of the LBGTQ Lobby clash with the traditional attitudes about faith and family, abortion and marriage, which conservative Democrats have always honored. Frankly, "Greatest Generation" Democrats are more socially conservative than a growing number of young Republicans and limited government advocates. The CA GOP tent is wide open, and there is a special place for Conservative "Greatest Generation", Reaganite, and "Gun-Rack" Democrats, where their voice, their values, and their vote will find the honor and respect which they deserve.

Conservative Democrats: your party has passed you by, but you are not passed your prime. The Republican Party will not pass you over. The Republican Party respects you and your vote more.

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Arthur Christopher Schaper March 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM
" If you did your research you would know that Obama has added much less to the deficit than Bush" That statement is a bold-face inaccuracy. The national debt is $16 trillion. Obama did in one term what Bush did in two. Obama bails out banks and auto workers. He rescinds necessary welfare reforms. The nearlty 1 trillion stimulus did not. Trillion dollar annual deficits under Obama --- worse than Bush. Obama is Bush with more push (don't get me wrong - Bush was bad in terms of spending, but Obama is worse -- and he raised taxes, too!)
Arthur Christopher Schaper March 28, 2013 at 12:01 AM
The only alternative to having a government that provides essential services is to turn these services over to private industry. Indiana privatized the roads -- worked great for them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEbO9amNcuw British PM Margaret Thatcher privatized many industries, for the better: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/privUK.htm
Arthur Christopher Schaper March 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM
"You want to stop expenditures that impoverish? Help cut the Military Industrial Complex budge." Captain Liberty: You are singing my tune. Yes indeed, let us heed "Ike" on the Military Industrial Complex. Out of Afghanistan, out of 100 plus countries, and defend our own borders and bodies here at home!
Arthur Christopher Schaper March 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM
You live in the most secure, the most luxurious, and best organized country in the world and you done' want to help pay your fair share." Classical liberal talking point. Three questions for you: 1. Define "your" 2. Define "fair" 3. Define "share"
Arthur Christopher Schaper March 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM
"I'm sorry but your facts are wrong. That's what comes from exposure to Fox and Rush." Give me more than slander. What facts are wrong? I do not watch, and I do not care for Rush Limbaugh, either.

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