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CHQ Poll: No conflict between economic and social issues

By CHQ Staff

If you listened to the media, this was supposed to be the year when social issues disappeared from the political soapbox.  Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels famously called for a “truce” on social issues before he withdrew from the presidential race.

Conservative and Tea Party activists overwhelmingly disagree.  In our CHQ Poll on the subject, 88% answered:  “I want it all.  I demand that my candidates be strong (and right) on the economic issues AND strong (and right) on the social issues.”

11% agreed with Mitch Daniels: “I think the economic issues are most important at this time.  The ‘truce’ makes sound strategic sense to me.”

Only 1% said “I think the social issues are most important.  Economic issues are also important, of course, but the social issues are what get me motivated.”

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To limit, or not to limit...

I saw a cartoon a month or so ago; the caption was, "Republicans want a government small enough to fit in your bedroom".

My take is that we're either for limited government, or we're against it. Liberals want robust intrusion into our economic lives, and laissez-faire in our social lives (roughly; certain forms of speech are verboten). But many conservatives (88%, according to this poll, but I suspect that if you drilled down, you'd find more nuance) are just as statist as liberals when it comes to social issues. 

The notion that government is bad when it's involved in our family budget at the kitchen table, but magically becomes a force for good when we walk into our bedrooms is the sort of bizarre, muddled, and convoluted thinking one usually observes in the bureaucratic soul.

Where can I go to get a minimal government, one that can't impose someone else's values on me, period? So long as I don't violate anyone else's negative rights, I should be able to go about my business as I see fit. So long as you don't violate anyone else's negative rights, you should be able to go about your business. So long as that guy over there doesn't violate anyone else's negative rights, he should be able to go about his business without any interference from us.

I'm straight. But if my neighbors are gay or lesbian, that's none of my damn business. If the couple down the street want to smoke marijuana in their hot tub, it doesn't harm me (unless you count the notion that the police could get the address wrong, raid my house, and kill my newfie).  But look at the downside to engaging the all-powerful state in enforcing our morality. Marijuana is illegal, so it is so expensive that terrorists can grow it halfway around the world, smuggle it here (corrupting governments and law enforcement all along the trade route), lose 10% or more to seizure, sell it on a black market, and make enough money to fund war & terrorism. Brilliant policy, that. On something like gay marriage, do we really want to open the door to government regulation of our church's sacraments? Is there any doubt that this is a double-edged sword? Today, we grant the feds the power to regulate marriage to forbid anyone from conferring the term "marriage" on gay unions. Tomorrow, they'll be using that already granted power to require ministers to sanctify marriages without discrimination.

Government is a golem, whether it is used by social statists or economic statists.

I don't want a government small enough to fit in my bedroom. I want a government too small to reach my bedroom.

The work of bringing people to G-d is not the work of government. It is not -ever- accomplished by coercion, which is all government brings to the table. If freedom means anything, it means that you get to approach G-d in your own way.

Why on earth would we want to emulate the liberal hubris, that we can use government coercion to force people to accept our values?

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Said like a true LIBERTARIAN.  I feel the same way, and have said similar things, but never so elegantly.  It's not a "truce" I desire, it is a permanent status quo of "MYOB".

Sounded like a

Sounded like a disgruntled Lib to me.

We (you and I) win our seats back and we can start over with a more experienced but copied Constitution. All court battles will start over again with better results.

 This story and all the cute comments and slams will mean nothing in less than 30 years. Invasion is of no consequence as long as the two parties can hold their power. The powers can change names and faces this too matters not. People’s desire for power will always remain a constant.

 It is irrational to think that any single payer social program will work. It is irrational for nations to tax its way out of poverty. It is irrational to help overpopulated poorer nations by becoming one. It is irrational to believe that a power convinced that you have nowhere else to go will do your biding. 

 A true Conservative and a true Liberal agree on one thing though for different reasons. Any single payer social program is a nutty idea! Now each believes that it’s not so nutty as long as their side is managing it. Pubs and Dems call rational people cruel, heartless nut cases. Rational and irrational also no longer hold true meaning.

 Replace the powers with citizens that can be immediately removed by citizens and never serve for a life time. We must take control ourselves.  Please join with us at you might be able to click on my name. This will take you to my link page that links to, and

 P.S. Have you heard of “you cut” @

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