More than a few of you were outraged by the idea that values like family and work should be considered center-right values when you yourselves believe in them and you consider yourselves liberal.
But consider “family.” Is it conservatives or liberals who are engaged in an effort to expand or even rewrite the definition of what constitutes a family?
When it comes to work, who was it who opposed the Clinton-era “Welfare to Work” law as being unfair and punitive by requiring able-bodied men and women on welfare to get a job? It wasn’t conservatives. And, as we can see from recent as well as historical polling data, these are positions supported by a majority of the country.
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.