Elaine Donnelly has a great article at Big Peace. Here are a few excerpts:
Under Reagan’s leadership the pro-family movement joined with economic and national defense conservatives to build a strong and effective political force. The resulting coalition became Reagan’s famous “three-legged stool”—a redefined, stable conservatism that expressed unequivocal support for sound economic principles, national security, and traditional family values.
The combined platform appealed to Reagan Democrats, thousands of whom had never been active in politics before. When newly-motivated pro-family grassroots activists joined forces with what had been a small conservative movement, the result was something big: the Reagan Revolution....
According to a Rasmussen poll released on Friday, 32% of voters are conservative on both fiscal and social issues—up eight points since 2007. Only 6% are liberal on both fiscal and social issues, down from 9% in 2007. The same poll indicates that 69% of GOP voters say they are social conservatives. The potential for a strong new coalition exists, since economic freedom and national security cannot endure when government policies undermine or weaken free enterprise, our military, and the institutions of marriage and family.
Convergence of the Constitution-centered Tea Party movement with pre-2009 conservatives brings the entire movement to a turning point that is not a crisis—it is an opportunity. Happy Birthday, Ronald Reagan—May your legacy and the principles you stood for change American history again.Let's pray and work for true conservative principles that honor the right to life and limited government.