Speaking of which are just capitalists being particularly vocal or is there this huge stigma with socialism in the states? And why is reaching first world standards equated with socialism so often anyway?
The conservatives are terrified of socialism because they have a huge stake in capitalism, since their campaigns are funded by huge corporations. It’s also an after-effect of the Cold War, because in a lot of minds, socialism and communism are the same thing, and since we virulently hated the USSR, we have to hate communism. There’s just a lot of misunderstandings about it.
Maybe some of this is true (I wouldn’t be surprised if some older establishment Republicans only care about the funding and fearmongering about communism), but most conservatives dislike socialism because they support small government and less government intervention in people’s lives. And socialism pretty much requires large government in order to work well.
That is true too, although I don’t think any prominent conservatives are actually for a small government. Since they advocate for restrictions on who can get what kinds of health care, who can get married, who can vote, that sort of thing. Not to mention the military.
The health care thing actually has a lot to do with wanting small government. Conservatives are typically against publicly-funded health care because the cost is then footed by other people and gets the government deeply involved in personal health decisions.
I’ve never heard of conservatives trying to restrict the right to vote, unless you’re talking about the Voting ID thing, which I’m not entirely sure about myself. There has been a decent amount of voter fraud in the most recent elections, which is the reason for recent support of ID laws.
The marriage and military things are definitely points of hot debate right now. I know there are a lot of conservative politicians who individually don’t care about gay marriage, but the party as a whole is very influenced by older constituents and donors who are still strongly anti-gay.
I do think it’s a problem that a lot of prominent conservatives are selectively for small government (as in, they’re only for less government involvement in the economy and certain social issues but still bolster the military, police, etc), but I’m also not conservative so I can’t say for sure whether that is changing or not.
As an older conservative on this site I’ll throw my two cents in here. liberscarian is right that conservatives generally prefer small government over large government because small government benefits more people. The larger the reach of government, the more harm it causes. As for the other points:
First off Conservatives don’t want restrictions on who can vote, this is race mongering by the democrats trying to say that conservatives want to prevent blacks and latinos from voting. Yes conservatives want voter ID laws but that is only because of the rampant voter fraud in certain swing states like Ohio.
As for health care, conservatives want everyone to have access to health care which is why we oppose Obamacare. Obamacare raises healthcare costs and make it harder to get treatment by driving doctors out of business, Obamacare is causing people to die. Not to mention that most conservatives believe that Obamacare is blatantly illegal and unconstitutional.
Gay marriage is an issue that is changing. Most conservatives are pro-civil unions but gay marriage is a touchy issue because of a fear of the slippery slope argument (that legalizing gay marriage could lead lead to bigamy and bestiality) and the religion component. However I will point out that there are many religious Democrats who also oppose gay marriage particularly in the south so this is a touchy issue in both parties. Eventually though pretty much everyone knows that Gay Marriage will be legalized it’s just a matter of when and by whom. The only reason Obama hasn’t done it yet is because the southern democrats and very religious latinos would turn on him faster than he could blink and the Dems can’t afford to lose them.
As for the military the general feeling is that is one of the few things that the government is actually supposed to be doing. Yes there is some waste and that needs to be gotten rid of, but when the military is allowed to unleash its full power it works. The problem is when politicians tie the military’s hands like Obama continually does.