Has the Left-Right continuum shifted?

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Has the Left-Right continuum shifted?

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Looking at the Ad Fontes Media Bias chart. Note that the line is the middle, not the box that all the "Fact Reporting" services are listed in. Apparently facts skew a little to the left these days. Besides Fox(TV) being listed as to the right of OAN and Righty totally dominating the "Just Makes **** Up" categories, what really begged the question for me was that they have the Bulwark listed as "Skews Left" - almost over to MSNBC. It's run by Anti-Trump Republicans! If they haven't gotten fed up and turned in their membership cards. But they do all consider themselves "Conservatives."

So.. Here's the Heritage Foundation's oh-ficial list of Conservative Principles. I imagine their definition would be about as accurate as you'll get on what actually qualifies as "Conservative," as opposed to Religious Right, Far Right and/or Talk-radio Right, although Heritage is considered to be pretty far right. Note: Nothing in there about abortion, gay rights, "voting integrity" or "Critical Race Theory," so I wouldn't think you'd have to toe the current party line to qualify.
  • The federal government is instituted to protect the rights bestowed on individuals under natural law. It exists to preserve life, liberty and property — a mission that includes not only protecting the sanctity of life but defending freedom of speech, religion, the press and assembly, and the right of individuals to be treated equally and justly under the law, and to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
  • The federal government’s powers should be limited to only those named in the U.S. Constitution and exercised solely to protect the rights of its citizens.
  • Government functions best when it is closest and most accountable to the people and where power is shared between the federal government and the states.
  • Individuals and families make the best decisions for themselves and their children about health, education, jobs and welfare.
  • America’s economy and the prosperity of individual citizens are best served by a system built on free enterprise, economic freedom, private property rights and the rule of law. This system is best sustained by policies that promote general economic freedom and eliminate governmental preferences for special interests, including free trade, deregulation, and opposing government interventions in the economy that distort free markets and impair innovation.
  • Tax policies should raise the minimum revenue necessary to fund only constitutionally appropriate functions of government.
  • Regulations should be limited to those that produce a net benefit to the American people as a whole, weighing both financial and liberty costs.
  • Judges should interpret and apply our laws and the Constitution based on their original meaning, not upon judges’ own personal and political predispositions.
  • America must be a welcoming nation — one that promotes patriotic assimilation and is governed by laws that are fair, humane and enforced to protect its citizens.
  • America is strongest when our policies protect our national interests, preserve our alliances of free peoples, vigorously counter threats to our security and interests, and advance prosperity through economic freedom at home and abroad.
https://www.heritage.org/conservatism/c ... nservatism
A lot of wiggle room in there but it sounds to me like there'd still be room in the tent for a gay, Black, non-Christian abortionist or two. Or, maybe the lines have shifted and Heritage needs to update its list. Or maybe they're just a bunch of RINO lefties these days. Who knows? I could be wrong.
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It is so vague as to be meaningless. I can make the case that just about everything falls under the "common defense" or "general welfare" as stated in the Preamble.
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A few of them are pretty specifically Conservative except most of them are shared with most everybody except maybe Libertarians
  • The federal government’s powers should be limited to only those named in the U.S. Constitution and exercised solely to protect the rights of its citizens.
  • Individuals and families make the best decisions for themselves and their children about health, education, jobs and welfare.
  • America’s economy and the prosperity of individual citizens are best served by a system built on.... deregulation....
  • Judges should interpret and apply our laws and the Constitution based on their original meaning, not upon judges’ own personal and political predispositions.
  • America must be a welcoming nation — one that promotes patriotic assimilation and is governed by laws that are fair, humane and enforced to protect its citizens.
And a few are pretty specifically anti-2021 Republican. Like the ones about property rights, freedom of speech, religion and the press, equal protection under the law, free trade and "opposing government interventions in the economy that distort free markets." They've been all in on that one lately.

And I wouldn't hold my breath on that part about "judges interpreting and applying our laws and the Constitution based on their original meaning, not upon judges’ own personal and political predispositions." I haven't seen many decisions based on actual 18th Century culture and usages of language. "Textualist" maybe, "Originalist" nope.

Also

"America must be a welcoming nation —" as long as you're from Norway;

And

"America is strongest when our policies protect our national interests, preserve our alliances of free peoples, vigorously counter threats [real and imaginary] to our security and interests [except for the ones where Donald has a personal interest], and advance prosperity through economic freedom at home and abroad [unless your name is Hilton or some such]."
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