“You can’t be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative.” claims Jim DeMint. Allahpundit explores this very odd statement. Ace also takes note.
I dislike “conservative” and “liberal” because they’re social labels, not rational ones. Consider scientific disputes. Scientists argue all the time, but they all agree on the definition of “the speed of light” and the value of pi.
You want to claim that “conservative” and “liberal” are rational terms? Just come up with definitions acceptable to both groups, then. Good luck with that.
(Yes, “progressive” is used freely at this site. Of my encounters with self-professed progressive minds and arguments, 100% have been anti-liberty. So it’s a rational term. As a synonym for totalitarian.)
Probably all W.O.R.M. readers are fiscally conservative. Don’t spend money you don’t have, financial discipline is a virtue, etc. etc.
But social conservatism is problematic. Millions of “conservatives” make the same mistake, socially, that “liberals” do fiscally. Liberals are generous spenders of OPM, Other People’s Money. And their counterparts are conservative with OPV…Other People’s Values.
As noted here previously, Christians should not use legal force in trying to prevent other people’s sin. Does God forcibly prevent us from sinning? No. So you can pretend you’re wiser than Him, but the W.O.R.M. is sitting that one out.
So I must break social conservatism into two categories: good and bad.
Good social conservatives practice it. They lead by example, they raise their children in their earnest beliefs. Christians will be more socially conservative than many other Americans because our faith constrains much natural behavior.
Take note: our behavior. Bad social conservatives don’t simply practice social conservatism…they try to enforce it. Worse, on a national scale. And all without amending the Constitution!
As an American, I oppose those social conservatives exactly as I do fiscal liberals. And for the same exact reason: they infringe upon OPL.
Other People’s Liberty.