The liberal way of being pro-family

Conservatives claim to be pro-family.  But liberals too are wrapping themselves in the family cause.  But whereas conservatives are thinking about moral and cultural issues, liberals want government policies.  One cause is providing child-care, so that someone can watch the kids while the parents work.  Now President Obama is calling for paid family leave, whether to take care of a baby or a sick family member.  The Democrats have a proposal that would mandate family leave to be paid for by the government and funded by an increase in the payroll tax. After the jump, an explanation of how this would work.  What do you think of this? [Read more...]

Bringing back the religious left?

A Brookings Institution study says that today’s Democrats are less interested in even liberal Christianity, but that it still might be possible to bring back the religious left.  I would think this is true.  Pope Francis seems to be bringing liberal Catholicism back into power.  Many ostensible evangelicals are reconfiguring their teachings to promote liberal, rather than conservative,  politics.  And of course there are the mainline liberal Protestants who are still around in significant, though reduced, numbers.   (Do notice that I am not referring to people who are liberal politically though conservative theologically, which used to be commonplace and is still evident in many congregations and on this blog.  I’m referring to new iterations of the social gospel.) [Read more...]

Millennials aren’t so liberal after all

Contrary to the conventional wisdom that paints the Millennial generation as being the new base of Democratic party liberalism, studies show that their political beliefs are much more complicated than that.  As Kirsten Power points out, Millennials are more likely to support gay marriage than other demographic groups, but they are less likely to support abortion.

Their main political characteristics are independence, changeability, pragmatism, and disdain for static ideologies.  That means Democrats can’t take them for granted and Republicans have a shot at their votes. [Read more...]

What liberal Democrats believe

The Pew Research Center has compiled some interesting data about Democrats.  Though the “liberal” faction has been growing rapidly and is at its highest level in over 20 years, it still comprises only 34% of Democrats, with 67% describing themselves as “moderate” or “conservative” (strangely lumped together in the study!).  The liberals are wealthier, with the more traditional blue collar constituency  (including Hispanics) being more conservative.

After the jump, a description of the beliefs and attitudes of liberal Democrats. [Read more...]

Conservative liberalism vs. progressive liberalism

Edmund Burke is considered the father of modern conservatism, while his contemporary Thomas Paine is a forerunner of modern liberalism.  Yuval Levin has written a new book, The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left.

A review by Michael Gerson discusses his thesis that both theorists, for all of their differences, care about liberty and reform, though they seek those ideals through different means.  Burke and Paine–like many conservatives and liberals to this day–exemplify the conflict between “conservative liberalism” and “progressive liberalism.” [Read more...]

Are Americans becoming more liberal?

Democratic operative Steve Rosenthal argues that America is becoming more liberal.   Do you think he is right? [Read more...]


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