Reality is Conservative

The Pew Research Center reports that public attitudes have shifted to the right on two contentions national issues (abortion and gun control):

Public attitudes on a pair of contentious national issues — gun control and abortion — have moved in a more conservative direction over the past year. In both cases, the changes have been driven in part by relatively large shifts among men, while opinions among women have not changed very much.

For the first time in a Pew Research survey, nearly as many people believe it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns (45%) than to control gun ownership (49%). As recently as a year ago, 58% said it was more important to control gun ownership while 37% said it was more important to protect the right to own guns.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March 31-April 21 among 1,521 adults reached on landlines and cell phones, also finds public opinion about abortion more closely divided than it has been in several years. Currently, 46% say abortion should be legal in most cases (28%) or all cases (18%); 44% believe that abortion should be illegal in most (28%) or all cases (16%). Since the mid-1990s, majorities have consistently favored legal abortion, with the exception of an August 2001 survey by ABC News/Washington Post.

The proportion saying that abortion should be legal in all or most cases has declined to 46% from 54% last August. The decline in support for legal abortion has come entirely in the share saying abortion should be legal in most cases (from 37% to 28%); 18% say abortion should be legal in all cases, which is virtually unchanged from last August (17%). Currently, 44% say abortion should be illegal in most (28%) or all cases (16%), up slightly since last August (41%).

Full article here.

Usually I don’t pay much attention to public opinion polls, but these results are surprising given the media’s repeated assertion that the Republican party’s implosion resulted from its drifting too far to the right.

The Republican party moved too far to the right? This is either the latest installment of the “are they really that dumb or do they think we are?” debate or more proof that liberals have entirely abandoned the plane of reality for a Fantasy Island where socialism works, where Barack Obama (sans teleprompter) is intelligent, where the rule of law and ordered liberty are anachronisms, and where governments can borrow their way out of debt and tax us into prosperity (Yes we can!)

Does anyone who isn’t delusional seriously believe that the Republican party of George W. Bush and Michael Steele is more conservative than the Republican party of Ronald Reagan? To ask the question is to answer it.

I forget who first said it, but there’s a great deal of truth in the adage that “reality is conservative, but politics are liberal.” Conservative ideas generally work because they reflect reality, but myriad failed liberal statist ideas remain popular politically despite overwhelming empirical evidence that they don’t work.

Most adults understand that there are no shortcuts to success, that it takes hard work and sacrifice, that there is no such thing as a free lunch, and that you can’t get something for nothing. Yet these same people continue to vote for candidates promising a free lunch at the government’s expense.

The only remedy for such collective short-sightedness is to experience first-hand the painful failures of liberal/socialist policies. Thanks to the demonstrably failed policies of British PM Gordon Brown, the British electorate is about to vote the Labour Party out of office. Hopefully, three and a half years from now, U.S. voters will do the same thing to Barack Obama.

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