I didn't take rpm's earlier comment re the sexual revolution to be about just that; I took it as a reference to morality changing in general, and the domino effect of that change. Maybe I was incorrect.
I was in elementary school when I heard Goldwater speak in our town outside of LA; what an impression was made upon me, mainly becasue my parents were Kennedy supporters. I do remember thinking, why did they bring us here, when they don't agree with this guy? Years later, my mother said it was because it was such a big deal, like seeing a celebrity. For me, a seed was planted that there was a different
way to think than what I was being taught at home and in school.
Most people vote based on their personal experience; not what is to their advantage, or what is to the country's advantage (hopefully the same thing in the long run). It is nigh impossible for many people to vote that way; they vote because they are angry about a situation that affects them, they vote because the guy is cute,
they vote because the other cute guy told them to vote a certain way. (Anecdotal observation, not scientific, on my part to be sure). Then, you have politicos figuring out the best way to get people to vote for them, capitalizing on this "vote by feeling", making the effort to manipulate them as they are, making little if any effort to educate them in the process. Some people, like some of you here, do educate themselves as a matter of course, and vote accordingly.
In this day and age, we shouldn't have to vote according to economic liberty versus social liberty, but it is coming down to that, and many people don't realize it. I picture it like a pendulum swinging in the extreme when you first push it in motion. It swings far out to the left and then to the right, and eventually settles into a balancing rhythm. We are living in a time that needs a significant correction; these exaggerated corrections wouldn't be so necessary, except these developments have been in the making over a long period of time.