Many Republicans very much favor abortion and are against the religious voters on many other social issues. If religious voters express support for Republican economic policies the Republicans will argue that we have to compromise to win, and since we all agree on economic issues, abortion and the social issues should be sacrificed. This is not a theoretical problem, it has frequently happened in the past.
But we can go farther than this. The Republican party is not a party of ideals, it is a party of the deal. The libertarian followers of Ayn Rand, religious people, opponents of gun control, and many other groups gather together as Republicans.
It has often been noted what a strange group Republicans are. It is like an alliance between the KKK and the Black Panthers, the NAZIS and Israel, the Communist Party and the Republican Party. It does not make sense as a philosophy because it is not a philosophy, it is a deal. Each group is given what it wants most, but each group ususally strongly dislikes other elements of the platform.
So as the Republican Party is a party of the deal, a party of compormise, it does not, and should not have ideals or principles.
This does not mean that Republicans do not or should not have principles. The party is largely composed of people with principles, frequently strong principles. In fact, it was those principles that brought Republicans into the Republican party, but the Republican party itself has no principles, other than winning elections.
So support what your faith tells you to support, oppose what your faith tells you to oppose. Do not hide your values to be nice, or get along. In politics, as in everything else, it is God that we serve.
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Last updated April 10, 2020
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