I've been debating at another blog about social issues. The left appears to want to bring up social issues because they have no answers on economic issues.
Social issues don't need to be worked out in the political realm and through legislation -- this is an area in which government has no business intruding. The nation will work out these issues, and government intervention will only make it worse.
Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of attempting to force value-judgements on the public, but social engineering is the most despicable endeavor that government can undertake. As long as individual behavior is not violating the rights of others, then it should be none of government's business.
This has been a hard lesson for the right to learn, and many on the right haven't learned the lesson yet. Neither has the left learned to keep social issues out of politics and legislation. The right doesn't need to take the social-issue bait from the left.
Most independents appear to be sick of arguing about social issues. I doubt if very many people worry too much if homosexuals bond and call this bond marriage. I doubt very many people want to be told what to eat, or nudged by technocrats to live their lives according to a government plan. Call me crazy, but I think most people want to be left alone by government, unless some situation which falls under the legitimate concern of a government calls for the person to deal with government officials.
But people are now inundated with government social engineering schemes and 24 hour government news, but the independents appear to be concerned mainly with the economy. The political party which sticks with the economy, cutting spending, lowering taxes and resolving the 2 wars will do good going forward. Maybe this momentum will be enough to face the challenges ahead