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1980: Conservatism converted from intellectual to active

Did millions of Christian conservatives turn out to vote on social issues like abortion, gay marriage, and Bible banning? Sure. Is this anything new? Not really. Back in 1980, Paul Weyrich, founding president of the Heritage Foundation, explained what happened:

"The conservative movement, up to that point, was essentially an intellectual movement. It had some very powerful thinkers, but it didn't have many troops. And as Stalin said of the Pope, `Where are his divisions?' Well, we didn't have many divisions. When these folks became active, all of a sudden the conservative movement had lots of divisions. We were able to move literally millions of people. And this is something that we had literally no ability to do prior to that time."

Source: The Truth (with jokes), by Al Franken, p.130 , Oct 25, 2005

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