There are plenty of things that negatively impact American society. One of those things is social conservatism. I’m not talking about the old folks from a different time that are painfully set in their ways. Their harmful social conservatism stems from ignorance, not hate. They’re not going to change any time soon.
What I’m talking about is the conscious hate, fear, and distrust of others that’s often put under the guise of religion, all piled under the Republican Social Conservative umbrella. The most recent example of what I’m talking about is the dilemma facing the GOP. While the majority of voters from any party seem apathetic at best, the GOP certainly isn’t helpging anything by consistently opposing equality.
Now this isn’t an issue of economics. Social conservatism and fiscal conservatism are two different animals.
A few days ago, the repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that blocks openly gay individuals from serving in the military was halted by Republican votes. This is likely to draw a proverbial line in the sand between GOP candidates in the coming years. It will be interesting to see how it goes.