American political ground has undergone a number of shifts over the years because of the changing nature of its social order. The aspects of equality, immigration, feminism, economics, family system etc. have been the major reason behind the changing opinions. The representatives or the opinion leaders have led into the saturation of conservative ideals and movements. The aim of this research paper is to evaluate the factors that have led to the conservative movement in American politics.
The conservative shift in the American politics during 1970s to 1980s was led by a number of agents and forces. The aim of this research paper is to thoroughly understand the agents and political philosophies that brought a mere conservative shift in the American politics.
Many historians have researched well about the manner in which politics and America became subjectively conservative. It is estimated that the elections of 1980s clearly shown that American people had completely rejected the perspectives or opinion of the liberalism extremists. It should be noted that the origin of conservatism is followed by the dominated opinions and philosophies of Governor Reagan. However, it is extremely significant to understand as to what were the sole reasons for which there was a major shift in the political approach.
Speaking of the agents that have led the liberalism turned into conservatism include major schools of thought such as religious rights. It was the major outlook of the conservatives that the religious values should be kept as central to the goal of suspending communism. More and more stress was being laid on the Judeo-Christian values. The enhancement to the beliefs of conservatism was evident from the rulings for school prayers as well as the issue of abortion.
The supporters have made Governor Reagan as the hero of the conservative wing. He is also credited as a hero who uplifted the Republican Party. Many opponents believe that Reagan wanted to imply his supply side economics for which he needed the support from the economic conservatives. In the similar manner, he wanted to revisit the foreign policy for which he needed the support of the conservative foreign publicists. In the following manner, Regan also installed the social order which was not possible without the help of the conservative socialists. Overall, the views of Reagan was to bring transformation in every area of American society. In order to meet his agendas and policies, he needed every support he could get from the conservatives.
In addition, the agent that was able to create the momentum of the conservative views remained the recession of 1970s. The inflation rate increased while the employment opportunities became minimal. Also, it was the same era when the conservatives females were given an agenda namely abolition of the Equal Rights Amendment. The traditional housewives were being compared with the anti-family feminists. In this way, the matter of inequality became majorly challenged.
In the wake of discussing the origin of the conservative view of US politics, Lewis F. Powell insisted that the public discourse using the conservative ideology should be revisited or restated. The range of media had to be used in order to make sure that all the social statuses and social changes were clearly implied. In this regard, Brooking institution also played a major role in ratifying the ideology of conservatism among the masses. The impact of the conservatism was therefore, not just evident in one institution but all the institutions of the society. Herein, it can be said that the role of Brooking Institution was also marked to represent liberalism values.
Through the above analysis of the agents and the support of the conservative opinion leaders such as Reagan and false back of Nixon led into the shift of the American politics. There were many aspects that also led into the implication of conservative political theory. These include inflation rate increasing and feminism. The American history of politics also mark the indication concerning recession. The conservatives closely stressed on the religious norms as well as the decline of communism in order to live according to the way of Judeo-Christian.
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