In June, a survey from the Gallup Organization showed that 40 percent of Americans interviewed described themselves as "conservative." Another 35 percent said they were "moderate" while 21 percent said they were "liberal." Conservatives, despite the results of the last two national elections, outnumber liberals by 2-to-1. If you add the moderates into one of the two camps by the same 2-to-1 ratio, the conservative position is easily the majority.These are all dominant issues in America's political life, issues that command national attention with some intensity. Admittedly, polls are snapshots of opinions in time. It's certainly possible to find equally reputable pollsters who can produce data that shows something else, but what about when people vote, "the only poll that counts," as someone once said. Looking at it this way, where issues are on the ballot rather than candidates -- when actual positions on policy are not obscured by political personalities and partisan preference -- there is still plenty of evidence the center-right position usually prevails. When government spending and revenues are out of balance the liberal position is almost always to increase revenues by raising taxes. In California, which Barack Obama carried in 2008 with 61 percent of the vote, a recent statewide ballot measure to raise taxes to balance the budget was defeated with 64 percent of the vote. More than that, it failed to win a majority of the vote in a single county in what is the nation's most populous state. This is the same state where voters have twice approved ballot measures to prevent recognition of an expanded definition of marriage as something more than being between a man and a woman. America is neither a liberal nor a conservative country, but conservatives believe it skews to the right. From a political standpoint, conservatism as a political force is much where it was after 1964, 1976 and 1992, when the Johnson, Carter and Clinton presidential victories had most pundits believing the country had lurched off its traditional ideological axis. But those elections were followed by the conservative victories of 1966, 1978, 1980, 1994 and 2000 as the country's traditional alignment reasserted itself.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Even according to the Liberal Blog - Salon.com...
...we have Great News! We are still a "Center Right" country! Over at Salon.com - they actually had an article by their one and only conservative who won't even use his/her name but worked in the Bush Administration. He/She says we are still center right. See the whole article here.
Posted by Tonto at 6:01 PM