What were the issues and interests of the New Right movement in America?

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The New Right was concerned with many of the issues that we now see the Republican Party emphasizing today.  These have generally been issues of smaller government, a more assertive nationalism, and traditional social values.

In terms of smaller government, the New Right was interested in lower taxes and reduced government spending.  It particularly wanted to reduce spending on social welfare programs.  At the same time, the New Right generally wanted to spend more on the military so as to be more able to project force.  It did not want a timid foreign policy but rather one which pursued American power and interests.  Finally, the New Right has been identified with the social concerns of the religious rights.  These are things like opposition to abortion and to homosexuality.