Are we a center-right nation, a center-left nation, a right-right nation, a left-left nation, or a center-center-center-freaking-center nation? We hear these terms bandied about constantly in reference to the overall trajectory of our society, and though I firmly believe we are indeed a center-right nation at this point, I think we are moving toward the left in many ways. Enter a new Gallup poll.
According to Gallup:
“Thirty-one percent of Americans describe their views on social issues as generally liberal, matching the percentage who identify as social conservatives for the first time in Gallup records dating back to 1999.”
As it stands now, those who describe themselves as socially liberal on issues such as gay marriage, immigration, abortion, legalizing weed, etc, stand at 31%, and those who describe themselves as socially conservative stand also at 31%.
Politicus USA, a liberal website, extols this information:
“America has moved left on same-sex marriage, equal pay for women, immigration, and climate change. Issues like the minimum wage and taxes have become both social and economic causes…
Republicans are nationally unpopular because they are out of step with the rest of the country. One of the main issues within the Republican Party is that candidates continue to pander to an increasing out of touch and shrinking base of social conservatives.”
First of all, calling the issue of equal pay for women a socially leftward move is ludicrous. The notion that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes has been debunked by multiple outlets, including the very liberal Daily Beast. So to call the increasing noise about the issue a liberal-move is inaccurate. The increasing noise is generated by the lie that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, without factoring in about a trillion other issues. But the left doesn’t want people to see that, so they just spout the same old disinformation over and over and over again, so it drowns out reality.
Second, so what? Obviously, we are turning a page when it comes to many social issues (though not all, abortion remains consistent). It doesn’t mean it’s right; it doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. To assume that where Americans lead, we must follow, is asinine.
As Ted Cruz said during a response to a question about the second amendment:
“I would note, when you asked about the role of public opinion polls—when it comes to constitutional rights, it matters what the bill of rights says. It doesn’t matter what might be popular at the moment.
We’ve seen regimes across the earth come and take away people’s guns—strip away their rights to defend themselves—and sometimes it’s been very popular, and yet, it is an inevitable prelude to tyranny.”
Maybe we are growing into a socially leftist society—the polls certainly indicate that. Gallup reports that 60% of Americans are for same-sex marriage, up from 55% just one year ago. Once again, popular opinion doesn’t indicate right and wrong policy. It can, but it doesn’t always.
If popular opinion dictates our stances on issues we believe to be morally imperative, we are nothing more than grass in the wind. The entire point of principle is that it is unwavering. That does not mean deaf, to be sure.
If public opinion dictates what is right and what is wrong, you must accept that slavery was at one point right. It would have to be because the majority supported it at one time. Conservatives are not pandering to an out of touch nation any more than abolitionists pandered to their constituents. The non-popularity of an issue does not always make it wrong.
So for a politician to stand firm on positions he or she believes to be morally or socially imperative to our identity as a nation is not pandering, it’s simply living one’s principles out in the real world. If that means we’re the minority, then so be it. If social conservatism is dying, then we will go out fighting and we will go without comprise.
But I believe that’s not the case. I believe we are a socially conservative nation, and we have been brainwashed by the media to move left. I believe that if we have a candidate in 2016 that can brilliantly articulate the socially conservative message, we can change some opinion, and scrub some of the lies Americans have been told.
Regardless, as Marcus Aurelius said (admittedly a quote I use too much) “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
The majority does not always indicate what is good. Remember that.