Are the Americans not just another social democratic people? Is this not what Steven Kates is saying in his below comment?
An interesting, a challenging view from an excellent economist from down under:
If true conservatives want to have a truly conservative candidate in a truly conservative party they will have to commit to the long march. You know, ‘the long march’ like the one the left took through out political, academic, religious, and media institutions. The one they spent decades on. The long hard road to political supremacy. The one that takes work and money.
They will also need a truly conservative voting population, which the United States does not have nor will ever have again assuming it ever did. Any country that could elect Obama even in a moment of sentimental absentmindedness, and could think of doing it again after seeing his first four years as President, is not even remotely conservative no matter what they tell the people from the Gallup Poll.
Mind you, the libertarian march is much harder than the march of the statists, both of the left and the right. Statists, as the name reveals, worship the state, they are therefore much more likely to be accommodated by the state, and much more likely to seek such accommodation, to make common cause with and benefit from the state than those who stick to the principles of liberty.
Statists have it much easier, because they need not think much - all that is required for them to feel comfortably righteous is to jump from impulse to impulse, from the superficial to the specious, from undigested theme to undigested theme. They can wallow to their hearts content in the views of society natural to primitive man, only to earn the roaring applause of the many who are 'right' because they are many and share the same feelings (the emotionally privileged, as I call them), rather than being rooted in a sincere desire to seek the truth. State meddling is omnipresent - thanks to the state's insatiable appetite and uncontested ability to help itself to monopoly rights and other unfair advantages -, so much so that a different state of affairs is hard to imagine, especially for those who are anyway inclined to favour the coercion, the paternalism, the favours, and the protection of the state.
Consider Judge Napolitano's reflection of the matter.