[First posted Feb. 2009,-but the pundits are still pumping out the false distortion that Republican voters are divided between foreign policy conservatives, social conservatives, and fiscal conservatives. And the media falsely painting evangelicals as only 'social conservatives'.]
When it comes to politics in America the media attempts to distort reality. This was certainly the case during the Republican primary campaign and remains so.
One of those media distortions was with respect to the large block of Evangelical Christian voters who overwhelmingly vote Republican.
We are constantly told that conservative Republicans are divided into three camps. Foreign policy conservatives, fiscal conservatives, and social conservatives. I submit that this is media distortion.
Such a thing suggests that conservatives who favor fiscal responsibility do not also desire a sound non-appeasement approach to foreign policy as well.
Or that Republicans who favor a sound non-appeasement approach to foreign policy, are not equally concerned about social issues as well.
The media has sought to portray Evangelical Republicans as "social conservatives" exclusively. Even using the terms Evangelical and social conservatives as interchangible.
The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of Christian Evangelicals are all-around solid conservatives. Who desire sound foreign policy, fiscal responsibility, and equal concern about social issues.
One would be hard pressed to find many Evangelicals who do not desire a sound non-appeasement approach to foreign policy as well as fiscal responsibility.
That being the case, the most reliably "solid conservatives" in the Republican party are the Evangelical Christian voters.
During the Republican primary campaign the vast majority of Evangelical voters supported Mike Huckabee. This blows the lid off of the media distortion, much of it by talk radio pundits, that Hucks appeal was only to "social conservatives".
Yes, the Republican party is divided. And I would submit that the real divide is not between foreign policy, fiscal, and social conservatives, but rather between Evangelical and non-Evangelical.
And the Republican primary results bare this out. The overwhelming vast majority of non-Evangelicals prefered Romney, Thompson, or McCain. In contrast, a clear majority of Evangelicals, [solid conservatives], prefered Huck.
This raises the important question as to why there is such a divide in the Republican party between Evangelical and non-Evangelical when the majority of both favor conservative positions.
A recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports found that 62% of Republicans felt that Israel was justified in launching it's counter-terror operation "Cast Lead" in response to repeated acts of terrorism from Islamists in Gaza:
To be sure, within that 62% of Republican support can be found those vast majority of Christian Evangelical voters. In fact, it would not be unreasonable to speculate that Christian supporters of Israel accounted for the majority of that 62% support.
It is no secret that outside the State of Israel, evangelicals are Israel's largest and most passionate supporters.
This is not good news. If the poll is reliably accurate it means that almost 40% of Republicans were not supportive of Israel's right to defend itself in a large scale counter-terror operation in Gaza.
And of that nearly 40% of Republicans who did not feel Israel was justified in launching their counter-terror operation, it would not be unreasonable to speculate the majority were non-Evangelical.
When taking a look at the positions of support for Israel among the Republican candidates for president one candidate stood out from all the rest. Mike Huckabee.
Romney, McCain, and Thompson all supported President Bush's two-state non-solution "Roadmap" appeasement policy. Echoing the talking points of the Washington establishment.
Only Mike Huckabee challanged the "Roadmap" and stated unequivacably a number of times that Israel should not be required to give up their land of Judea and Samaria for another "Palestinian" state.
Did Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, or Mark Levine spend any time talking about Hucks unique strong support for Israel?
Did the fact that the other Republican candidates all supported Bush's Roadmap policy to impose a Palestinian state on Israel's land not make any difference to them? If it did they didn't talk about it.
More to come on this topic later.