"If you want to reach the Christian population on Sunday, you do it from the church pulpit. If you want to reach them on Saturday, you do it in Wal-Mart."
—Ralph Reed, Christian Coalition, 1995
"Economics are the method; the object is to change the heart and soul."
—Margaret Thatcher, Sunday Times, 1981
For more than a generation, the conservative counterrevolution in America blurred the distinction between the invisible hand of the market and the all-powerful hand of God. In the "culture wars" narrative of the Republican ascendancy, this slippage represents the greatest con in recent history: while you rush to defend marriage or protect the unborn, please pay no attention to the financier behind the curtain. He could shift the tax burden ever further down the food chain, offshore jobs, shred the social safety net, reward rising productivity with stagnant wages, and create an international economy on the pattern of Caesar's Palace, as long as he periodically hollered, "Abortion!" or "Gay agenda!"
"What's the matter with Kansas?," asked the Left in frustration; why do those people in the pews keep enabling ...