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The Top 7 Issues Social Conservatives Ceded to the Left – And What To Do About It

Posted on January 5 2011 6:00 am
Rob Taylor has a Master of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. He blogs at Greenville Dragnet.

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The Top 7 Issues Social Conservatives Ceded to the Left  – And What To Do About It

Social conservatism has long allowed itself to be painted as bloodless, largely irrelevant political Protestantism; an alliance of Evangelicals who have climbed into bed with the most myopic fringe movements in America. At the same time we have allowed the Left to co-opt issues that are central to achieving the goals of social conservatism: maintaining the traditions and values of Western Civilization in general and America (the pinnacle of Western civilization) in particular. While we find a hundred different ways to disapprove of gays or pornography or the idea that someone, somewhere is enjoying themselves in ways we find unseemly, the Left has framed our language, attitudes and even our perception of issues much more important to preserving our way of life than the few issues on which social conservatives have made their voices heard.

Social conservatism cannot simply be about promoting one religion or political party. It must be about preserving America as the last bastion of the West. The Judeo-Christian character of America should be recognized and defended – as should the fact that the Judeo-Christian worldview is the product of Western history that extends back through the mists of time to ages when there were neither Jews or Christians. We cannot be a cultural movement based on Europhilia — the West at its height encompassed the known world and distilled the best of hundreds of cultures into the great stream of ideas that make up Western consciousness.

Social conservatism should promote and defend the great ideas of the West. We must stand for freedom, justice, faith, virtue, and honor. We should promote Western values as not just a birthright of people in the West but as light in a world of darkness. Our children must learn the nine noble virtues of Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Self Reliance, Industriousness, and Perseverance from our words, and more importantly, our actions.

Social conservatives can no long cede issues of real importance to those who use them to undercut the pillars of our culture. Here are the seven most important issues we must start setting the agenda for in 2011:

And we’re starting with… art.

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