I've always been in favor of a good ass-whoopin. I hope that never gets taken away.How do you attribute those things to social liberals? And what was a social liberal in 1870?
You are incorrect here misteress... and I'll prove it.
U.S., Womens Sufferage:
Social liberals (not sure if Buchanan was actually a "social liberal" but whatever) did not want to address the question of slavery. A Democrat in the White House during the Civil War did not free the slaves either, as we know Lincoln was a Republican. There's also a long history of support for blacks in Congress and politics - not from the Democrats of the day, oh no no. They were Republicans as were the first black members of Congress but that's a different topic.
Wife Beating / Child Spanking - I cannot find a federal view on this and it would take too long and exaughstive of a search to post state by state votes on laws, so I'll simply skip it.
Welfare: - Certainly was and contiues to be a push by Social Liberals with some minor support by Conservatives as well as some resistance by Conservatives.
Death Penalty / Capital Punishment: First, the U.S. did not "nearly ban" it in the 1970's. Second, it's support has been up and down over the years and is primarily a States issue. Wiki has a map:
Fileeath penalty statutes in the United States-2011-10-03.svg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
To state that conservatives of the day fought it every step of the way is misleading and in some cases (Slavery, Sufferage) downright incorrect. I just want to set the record straight here and not let this bit of misinformation get glanced over and uncorrected.