The Not So Limited Government
I think we are having a nationwide awakening. There is so much we agree on. The left and the right both want to curb police powers, protect privacy, ween Wall Street off of corporate welfare, and halt trade agreements. I’d be willing to bet that if asked, we’d find a majority of this nation for these issues and have them spread across the political spectrum.
However, limited government means limited government in all areas. It means leaving the average decisions of day to day life in the hands of the citizens via voluntary action. If you say you’re for “limited, constitutional government” but then turn around and want government to decide which consenting adults can marry which consenting adults, or whether women have the right to control their reproductive health, you’re just another statist who thinks “Big Government” only applies to fiscal issues. Millennials are at best libertarian at their most conservative, so the movement for limited government is going to have to make a choice to follow the Goldwater model of fiscal conservatism but social liberalism, or chain themselves to the “Moral Majority” and relegate themselves to a party of diminishing returns.
Ultimately the “culture war” is a sideshow to drum up support on both sides. The “true believers” will stoke the fire to divide the country. I imagine the GOP will adapt to keep in power and jettison conservative voters if needed. In all likelihood, they’ll revive the “big tent” philosophy, try to uncouple the lockstep principles they operated on in the ’00s even more, and try to be all things to everybody under the banner of fiscal conservatism and the free market. I find both of these principles hilarious since I don’t think either party is capable of that, but in terms of marketing, I’d bet it’s where the GOP will place itself.