There were several factors that contributed to the increase of conservatism in American government and politics between 1964-2005. One factor was the Cold War. In communist countries, the government had a great deal of influence and control. In many of these countries, the government also rejected religion. Conservatives were concerned...
There were several factors that contributed to the increase of conservatism in American government and politics between 1964-2005. One factor was the Cold War. In communist countries, the government had a great deal of influence and control. In many of these countries, the government also rejected religion. Conservatives were concerned that the role of the government in the United States might increase and that less emphasis might be placed on religion.
During some of this time period, the Religious Right movement increased. People such as Reverend Billy Graham and Jerry Farwell stressed religious values. The "Moral Majority" worked to influence political policy by stressing religious and conservative values. These conservatives were very concerned that the United States was in a moral decline, and they wanted to support conservative policies that would reverse that trend.
As more people moved to the South and the West, an area known as the Sun Belt, people saw an opportunity for growth and expansion. These people wanted limited government regulation in the economy in order to foster this growth and expansion.
Some people became concerned that role of government was increasing too much. They were concerned about all of the social programs created by President Johnson’s Great Society program. They worried about the possibility of an expanded role of the government in the health insurance marketplace during the Clinton years. They were worried that some government welfare programs discouraged people from working. Some of the people felt that some of the government’s social programs weren’t working, and they got tired of paying for some of these programs. These conservatives wanted less government involvement in the economy.
As a result of the terrible economic conditions that the United States faced in the late 1970s, many Democrats voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and in 1984. Reagan’s famous “Are you better off now than you were four years ago” quote, helped sway many Democrats to support Ronald Reagan’s conservative views and policies.
There were several reasons why conservatism has grown in American politics and government since the 1960s.