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Can Conservatives Fuse Pro-Family Policies With Free Markets?


On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Independent Women’s Forum Senior Policy Analyst Inez Feltscher Stepman joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss the GOP’s approach to pro-family policies and how the free market can be useful in creating effective solutions that help Americans.

“The question isn’t ‘how do I form the perfect ideology which is then carried out by the Republican Party,’ but more ‘what vehicle can I use?’” Stepman said. “What are my priorities in terms of the future of this country? What are the most important things for us to do without which all our other projects are impossible or become impossible? And how do we get the kind of political power we need and actually execute it on the most important things when we do have political power? Those are the questions that I’m concerned with.”

Pro-family policies, Stepman said, shouldn’t cater to “wokeism.” Instead, she suggested, policymakers should be focused on examining how the flow of free ideas and free-thinking can inform the conversations surrounding these policies aimed at helping families.

“The most existential question of politics comes down to what might nebulously be called wokeism, but I would say, more generally, two principles,” Stepman explained. “Equality under the law as individuals, not as groups. Any kind of individual identity under the law and not to be judged by the color of our skin, which is now an increasingly dicey proposition. And then, on the other hand, to have freedom of conscience. And I would loop both free speech and religion underneath that. The question is: ‘Can we exist as a free people sharing the kind of ideas that you and I are talking about, about this Romney bill or about whatever else?’ I am truly worried that the American body politic is moving into a place where that’s not possible.”




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