Great Article by Jennifer Nix (Literary Outpost blog) in the Huffington Post entitled Crunchy Cons, Obama and Election 2008, where she discussed her personal experience with friction between herself and her longtime friend and their respective husbands, caused by liberal versus conservative views.
I so much related to her story of becoming the "crazy liberal who tears curtains down." I had one friendships crumble, almost completely dissolve, with the conservative this time, screaming "Fuck You!!" over and over again. I've had a tearful argument on the patio of a posh Paris restaurant, that probably strained a great relationship, but thankfully didn't end it. Both of those conservative friends are now voting for Obama.
It's an interesting phenomena, and it had been puzzling Jennifer Nix for a while, until she saw a flag in front of a CNN camera that said "Crunchy Con." So, she Googled it, and found some very interesting stuff. "Old-time" conservatives, I don't know how else to describe them, haven't missed the lies of the Bush administration, nor the overreach of executive power, nor the crumbling of our constitutional rights. They haven't missed the incredible money spent on the war, and they're uncomfortable with the rise of the religious right. The solution? Crunchy Cons.
The Crunchy Con Manifesto
1. We are conservatives who stand outside the conservative mainstream; therefore, we can see things that matter more clearly.
2. Modern conservatism has become too focused on money, power, and the accumulation of stuff, and insufficiently concerned with the content of our individual and social character.
3. Big business deserves as much skepticism as big government.
4. Culture is more important than politics and economics.
5. A conservatism that does not practice restraint, humility, and good stewardship--especially of the natural world--is not fundamentally conservative.
6. Small, Local, Old, and Particular are almost always better than Big, Global, New, and Abstract.
7. Beauty is more important than efficiency.
8. The relentlessness of media-driven pop culture deadens our senses to authentic truth, beauty, and wisdom.
9. We share Russell Kirk's conviction that "the institution most essential to conserve is the family."