Republicans have become the Christian party. The United States of America is a pluralistic society that must respect the rights and freedoms of all its citizens.
The world is not a static place. Society evolves. Technology evolves. Government must learn and grow, not keep looking to crawl back into the past. We need merely look at the middle east to see what happens when people use the technologies of the future to pursue the agenda of the past.
We need to get religion out of politics once and for all. Religion is a personal matter. The choice to partake in a particular religion or none has no business in the political discourse.
Corbyn asked David Cameron six times how he justified the tax credits cut and was answered with an argument about increasing minimum wage. The increases created by the increase of minimum wage will take 5 years to achieve, but benefits are being cut now, leave many families unable to cope. Minimum wage does not apply to self-employed people or carers. Carers can work over 100 hours per week and they get an allowance of £62 per week, and benefits are being taken away from them indirectly. Cameron introduced the big society. His idea was to get more people supporting charities. But then government cut financial support to charities - a real cynical trick. Financial cuts to LAs has forced redundancies, destroyed front line support services, but Cameron wrote to Oxford Council complaining about the cuts and exposed his obvious lack of understanding of how deep the cuts were. Changes to doctors contracts have them threatening strike action. They got that wrong didn't they. Of course no one wants austerity, but it really does seem that the poor are being targeted and the higher paid not at all.
Conservatives are clinging to ideas that much of society has abandoned. The key to many of their most strongly held beliefs is a combination of politics and faith. They ignore hard scientific evidence and frequently create nonsensical arguments with no basis in reality. God and science are not the same thing. De regulating banks and stock traders has caused nothing but problems. Trickle down economics does not work and Ronald Reagan did not bring down the Soviet Union.
I can't speak of all conservatives, as conservatism is a broad term, but generally I think they're out of touch. Conservatives seek to conserve old hierarchies and institutions, such as the church, the state, and traditional beliefs. This viewpoint is flawed as it is an appeal to tradition. Something should be judged by its merits, not whether or not it is traditional.
Conservatives are living in their own world these days. They are stuck on their old school values and ways and refuse to progress with the rest of us. This show with conservative politicians and citizens. What;s funny is that most of them preach one thing then turn around and practice something else.
Conservatives have the best political views in my opinion. They are for keep some of our good old ways that don't need to be changed. Also we are for emphasizing stability and continuity. And we are for preserving things "The way they are" not "The way things where". We are for the ways of a free society and human nature itself. So, no I don't think we are "Out of touch".
I wouldn't' necessarily consider myself a conservative, but I tend to value many conservative values.
For instance, I don't think its wrong to want to lower taxes across the board. I don't think that 30% tax compared to 50% tax is fair.
I'm not a big fan of abortion, although I don't think I have the right to tell a mother that she can't, same thing with gay marriage.
I think that the way to balance the budget it to cut spending, that's a conservative trait. I think that is firmly in reality.
I don't think american's should have to give up they're liberty in order to stay safe, I despise the Bush and Obama administration because of that fact.
Furthermore, I really believe that personal responsibility is the key to American Exceptional-ism, therefore I'm not a huge fan of the many entitlement and welfare programs in the United States.
That said, I don't want them abolished, but a time limit or work program should definitely be put in place, maybe somewhat along the lines of Bill Clinton's Plans for the Welfare program.