I don’t really think that we have much to cheer about from a recent Gallup survey that says most Americans see themselves as being mostly conservative.
In fact even on economic issues, that “conservatives” are in the majority means even less:
The problem is that most “conservatives” don’t have much of a grasp on economics, and what I see as “conservative” economics is really conservative Keynesianism. I will concede the fact that most conservatives would espouse the following general ideas:
- Free markets are good.
- Free trade is good.
- “Excessive” government regulation is bad.
- High taxes are bad.
- “Excessive” government spending and deficits are bad.
Yet when you ask conservatives what those things actually mean, it comes out as the Democratic Party platform from the 1970s, which is to say:
- Government intervention to prevent capitalism’s excesses are good.
- Bailouts to the “right people” are good.
- Social Security and Medicare are good.
- Free trade is good as long as it doesn’t take away American jobs.
- Excessive spending is acceptable in a “national emergency” such as in the Crash of 2008.
- The Fed is good, except maybe that guy Bernanke …
I could go on about these comparisons, but I think you understand the point. I mean, most conservatives think that George W. Bush was a free market conservative.
As Eldridge Cleaver used to say, “You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.”