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As a political party, truly confessional P&R types would be diminutive in quantity even compared to most fringe 3rd parties.
 
"Confessional Presbyterian" has a more objective meaning than "actual conservative Republican"...
 
Do you mean a Republican who supports free trade, small but honest government, strong and godly families, the Constitution, world democracies, and the controlled welcome of immigrants whose freedom-loving spirit will strengthen these ideals? Some of us still exist, but the people who took over our party about ten years ago mock us if we try to use the name Republican anymore. Did you hear, earlier this month the Wall Street Journal declared that Republican Party dead?
 
Do you mean a Republican who supports free trade, small but honest government, strong and godly families, the Constitution, world democracies, and the controlled welcome of immigrants whose freedom-loving spirit will strengthen these ideals? Some of us still exist, but the people who took over our party about ten years ago mock us if we try to use the name Republican anymore. Did you hear, earlier this month the Wall Street Journal declared that Republican Party dead?
wait, there are Republicans who don't contend for that?
~ a Non-American
 
Do you mean a Republican who supports free trade, small but honest government, strong and godly families, the Constitution, world democracies, and the controlled welcome of immigrants whose freedom-loving spirit will strengthen these ideals? Some of us still exist, but the people who took over our party about ten years ago mock us if we try to use the name Republican anymore. Did you hear, earlier this month the Wall Street Journal declared that Republican Party dead?
The case is similar to what happened to other formerly conservativish parties worldwide like in Canada and Germany. The AfD isn’t any further to the right than the CDU of 25-30 years ago.
 
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In my experience republicans from the rural Midwest and South are about as conservative as ever. In Wisconsin the republican state reps are all anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, anti-legalized Marijuana, not fond of the public schools and pro-school choice, pro-gun etc.
Scott Walker was fairly representative of the party at the state level. He slashed state spending and canceled public sector unions and teachers unions.
At present Wisconsin may be the only state with a full abortion ban on the books. Unfortunately the A.G. is a Democrat and won't enforce the ban, so that will have to wait until the next republican administration.
 
In my experience republicans from the rural Midwest and South are about as conservative as ever. In Wisconsin the republican state reps are all anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, anti-legalized Marijuana, not fond of the public schools and pro-school choice, pro-gun etc.
Scott Walker was fairly representative of the party at the state level. He slashed state spending and canceled public sector unions and teachers unions.
At present Wisconsin may be the only state with a full abortion ban on the books. Unfortunately the A.G. is a Democrat and won't enforce the ban, so that will have to wait until the next republican administration.
The conservatives need to put up some better candidates next time. Michels was a bad choice.
 
Loosing track of time? 1988 was more than 10 years ago.
I think I was asleep to the change. I didn't see how fully Republicans were rejecting the old conservativism until suddenly they of all people were nominating Trump.
 
wait, there are Republicans who don't contend for that?
~ a Non-American
A ton, especially in New England. You can't get elected up there unless you're at least socially liberal. Same goes for a lot of blue or purple areas. The dynamics change.
Most Republicans are neo-cons who don't mind spending as much as it takes to get us into a war, though they tend to quibble just a little bit about some entitlement spending. Trumpers meanwhile are protectionists.
 
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