I've been giving some thought to what is worse for America conservatism or liberalism.
Traditionally, since Regan anyway, Republicans have espoused belief in a political philosophy that is economically, and socially conservative and supportive of a large military. During that same time period Democrats have typically been in favor of less military spending, larger government involvement in all areas of life, except in social issues.
On the economic front, conservatives have been proven right that less taxes increases economic prosperity for the greatest number of people. On the social issues side, most Americans seem to prefer or at least tolerate a liberal social agenda. Both groups are equally likely to send the military on various wastes of blood and treasure. So despite what they claim, they both are pro military/industrial complex.
Each political party focuses on getting themselves elected. Neither one does a good job governing. As long as the bureaucracy keeps the ship of state lumbering along the politicians are happy enjoying their power and lavish lifestyle.
The tendency to favor conservative economic principles, because they work and people with jobs tend to behave themselves, and economic growth keeps corporate donors more or less happy seems to be a wining issue for the "R" team. The liberal social agenda seems to be a winning issue for the "D" side. I think that is why we are seeing an increase in "R" polices that favor the liberal social agenda.
The republicans seem to think that their reputation for tweaking programs and running them better, combined with improved economic polices, isn't enough to win elections. The fact that Obummer has horrible performance numbers and most people are unhappy with his job performance should carry at the ballot box for two election cycles. Instead of preaching the virtues of conservatism to the public, the R's are trying to scoop up as much social liberalism as they can. They want as big of a slice of the left as they can get. Too bad its not because the left is migrating right.
I think that this shift might win some elections for team "R". Political pragmatism normally wins in the short term. The problem is traditional republicans and Regan democrats were social conservatives as well as economic conservatives. Going to the left is going to disenfranchise social conservatives and eliminate their voice in government.
What I am afraid will happen is that economically conservative policies combined with socially liberal agenda will foster an even larger population that is immoral and expects others to subsidize if not completely support its lifestyle and bear the economic expense of poor decision making. Add to that mix the illegal immigrants and the USA is not long for this world.
I believe that social agenda, and corresponding spending of the Democrats for the last 50 years put America's body in the coffin. The democrats no doubt put on the lid and brought the nails. It's the Republicans that are enthusiastically hammering the nails in place.
We may be asleep. We may be on credit provided life support. We are not dead. Pray the Republican Party decides to stop this madness before we are buried alive.