I wanted to sort out in my mind just what a conservative is. The dictionary said we are people who believe in traditional things and limit change. Wiki gave the history of conservatism in several countries, and several varieties of conservatism. It made me sound like a throw back to a different era refusing to accept change.
As a conservative, these are principles that are my foundation in life:
(Let me add to these below, that I do change my hairstyle and clothing and home decor to stay in style to some extent. I am more up to date in electronics and social media than my daughter. So I’m not a total throwback.)
1. I believe in God and further, I worship him and read his Bible.
2. There are moral standards that rule my life. They are all in the Bible.
3. I believe God gives freedom to each individual on earth. That freedom gives me the right to say what I wish, and to worship the God I know without restriction. That freedom also demands that I work toward success if I wish, and work to support myself, to care for my family and others who are in need and I must live according to the commands given in the Bible. It’s a freedom with responsibilities.
4. I believe government should remain small and powerless except for the powers enumerated in the Constitution of the US and the constitution of my state.
5. I have the right and responsibility to raise my children, assure them of the education I believe they require, clothe them, feed them and provide shelter and discipline. And I have the responsibility to protect my family and myself by whatever means, weapons included.
Our rights do come from God. And God-given rights are the basis of our Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. There is no question on this. It’s all there in the Federalist Papers, in our history, and the words of these documents. The signers of the foundation documents believed in the God of the Bible. All of them.
Now, what is a liberal? And why do they have such animosity toward me?
The dictionary definition of liberal:
favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs. noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties. favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression.
Liberalism according to Wiki is:
a political ideology that advocates regulated markets, unlimited government, rule of law, due process, and redistribution of wealth of more successful individuals.
and progressivism: a general political philosophy advocating or favoring social, political, and economic reform.
Liberals can believe in a god but if they do, they seem to see him as not the God of the Bible, but, perhaps a god with little to do with humanity, certainly a god that has no laws to worry about. They do not believe the commands in the Bible.
While some of this seems correct there is more to most liberal beliefs. Liberals don’t seem to draw any line as to morality. That line just keeps moving.
While I believe in individual responsibility and freedom, liberals seem to think the freedoms and responsibility fall on and from the government. The government is responsible for the food, shelter, health care, really, just about every part of life. Freedom is important to them, freedom of speech, freedom from religion, freedom to assembly and riot, freedom to abort (murder) their babies, freedom to engage in sex with abandon, for the most part. But I notice that when I exercise my freedom of speech there is a tendency to be snide, condescending and sometimes just rude and violent. It is a way to shut me up.
They believe the bigger government, the better, to take care of them. They believe that most parts of their lives should be regulated so mother earth (which we are guilty of abusing according to liberal thought) will live on undamaged. They believe no one should have guns because guns kill people. What good would there be for anyone to have had a gun in the theatre in Colorado that day? They see no way that could have helped the situation as I’ve been told.
They also believe the original documents for our country are ‘living, breathing’ documents and need to change with the times as they do.
And don’t forget about ‘fairness’. There must be ‘fairness’ in the labor force, in every part of life, actually. And of course safety. The government must keep us safe from everything that might be dangerous.
Well, I think that about says it.
If you have anything to add, or subtract, bring it on and I’ll consider it.
If we don’t know what we stand for politically, socially, spiritually, then there’s no way we can discuss it with anyone else.
So, this is a starting point for me. I’ll relish any comments on this post.