Friday, July 17, 2009

On Conservatism

It is a sad state when we witness how the media peg those of us on the right. Conservatives are too often treated as unwavering supporters of the agenda of the Republican party; blind adherents to the ideology of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, never considering the consequences of these ideas. Yet this is not the case.

From differing conservative perspectives, a tapestry of ideas are bred. These conservatives range from the the libertarian leans of the Ron Paul revolutionaries to the neo-conservative thought of the ditto-heads. All claim the mantle of conservative and all of them are. Conservative means many different things to many different people within the movement, yet to the outside world it is embodied not in the idealistic vision of Adam Smith but in the leadership of former President Bush.

We as conservatives need to break the mold and coalesce around our commonalities to show a wanting world that we understand their troubles. We understand the turmoils of modern society and have answers that have succeeded in the past. Let us remind Americans of all stripes why they had allowed us to lead in the past - they agree with us.

A cult of personality has overtaken our nation and the facade is beginning to dwindle as a true call to arms against government intervention begins. The people of this great nation are realizing that individual freedoms and limited government are the answer and that waste and greed are more common among government than among the governed.

The people want less, not more from our government. They want a lean machine that is freed from politics as usual and meets its Constitutional functions. If we conservatives return as the purveyors of freedom, liberty, and limited governance then we can win elections and we will bring our nation back on the right course. If those who claim the mantle of conservative do not live up to these values, then we must find those who will.

Conservatism upholds traditional limitations of government and in so doing allows it to function properly. That is the ultimate goal of conservatives - a Constitutionally limited government serving the people and providing freedom and liberty to the greatest extent possible. That is how we must act and serve in office. If we do not, we will be cast aside remembered not as the defenders of freedom but as those who stood idly by as it crumbled.

I call upon the Republican Party to stand tall and proudly. Do not waver in your support of limited government and do not falter in your opposition to the waste they call a stimulus. Stand proudly against the growing tide of expanded government and as they hear your call, the American people will stand up with you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Does anybody not rich and/or white get a chance for the ring in your view?

Could you illuminate on "the waste they call a stimulus" in response to:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/26/opinion/26biden.html?_r=1