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Unformatted text preview: Reagan and the "New Right" Democrats Strongly support environmental legislation, iimiting economic development, halting the production of nuclear weapons and power plants. Pro-choice movement emerged during the 19805 to defend a woman's right to choose whether and when to bear a child. ' ‘ Affirmative Action, the use of racial quotes to "balance" the workforce, to one degree or another, becomes an isSue of poiiticai disagreement with Democrats favoring .it and Republicans opposing it. Republicans Fueled by the increasingly "liberal" social agenda of the Democrats and spurred on by the rise of a militant and extremely well-organized Evangelical Christianity, most southern states begin voting Republican in considerable majorities. Conservative Christians, Southern whites, affluent ethnic suburbanites, and young conservatives form a "New Right" that supported Ronald Reagan in 1980 on a "law and order” platform that advocated . o stricter laws against crime, drugs, and pornography, o opposition to easy—access w‘ abortions, o and an increase in defense ,‘2 spending, 0 a cut in tax rates. "While Reagan curbed the expansion of the Federal Government, he did not reduce its size or the scope of its powers. l .53 1i '. 'i. ...
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