There is a movement afoot to purge the Republican Party of what Kathleen Parker famously called the “oogedy boogedy” people; i.e. people who still quaintly believe in God and believe that government should have a moral component. They like to claim that moral values … in particular, Christian moral values… have no place in public policy.
Here’s the problem. The left aggressively and unapologetically uses government to promote its social values … abortion on demand, multiculturalism, acceptance of alternative lifestyles. If the left weren’t using government to promote social values, there would be no need for a social conservative movement to fight it politically. Much of what is called the ‘Culture War’ is a defensive reaction by people who feel, rightfully so, that their values are under assault.
It’s scary that rugged individualism, self-sufficiency, independence, faith in God — the values that made America a great nation … are now considered extremist views.