Conservatism Dbq

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A new conservatism rose to prominence in the United States between 1960 and 1989 because of growing distrust of the liberal government, new free-market solutions to the problem of widespread disappointment in liberal actions, and a decrease in proper ethics and morals. During this time period, presidential candidates pushed towards a more conservative point of view as the masses changed the ideals of living in America. As the social and economic standpoint of America as a world power grew, the American people needed to adjust their way of living. Starting with President John Kennedy as a republican president and ending this period of time with Ronald Reagan, a conservative president, the presidential shift represents the social, economic, and …show more content…
Friedman states that government intervention has made social and economic situations worse for Americans. But, all the recent successes of America are claimed to be attributed to the individualistic nature of the free-market economy. For this reason, Friedman proposes an already successful solution to the disappointing liberal actions of the American government to be more conservative. From a different end of the social hierarchy, a letter written to Nelson Rockefeller (Republican governor of New York) on February 6, 1971 (Doc 3) describes the negative effects of the government’s implications of “welfare cheats” and taxes. This “law-abiding citizen” uses her letter to request a necessary use of government intervention in fixing the damage in the poorer parts of New York. The people who work hard every single day and pay their taxes as they are supposed to end up receiving less benefits from their civic duty than those who do not; therefore, this letter proves that a more free-market and conservative economy would prove more successful. Overall, the free-market economy pushed the rise of a new conservatism because of their similarities in ideals and widespread …show more content…
to legitimize the decline of moral and ethic values in America. Within his explanation Falwell portrays the liberal institutions and media of America as the reason why religion has faded away and the younger generations have lost “respect for human life” (Falwell). The new technological advancements and social standards are eliminating the values of Americans. The only solution to this problem is to return to a conservative society. Thus the dramatic downfall of ethics made the rise of a new conservatism highly necessary. Teddi Holt, a member of Georgia Stop ERA and the national president of Mothers On the March, exclaimed in 1984 (Doc 6) her belief that women should not be fighting for equality because it counteracts the importance of having a family and a stable home. Unlike most common opinions on Women’s Rights, Holt argues that limiting discrimination of women and having more liberal ideas is not beneficial. She also argues that the ethics of women have declined due to these movements and that the women should be fighting to protect their homes. This anti-liberal view represents the spike in conservatism that grew within the late twentieth century. Ethics and morale in America suffered greatly before the growth of

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