Conservatism is by today’s standards closely associated with Edmund Burke’s philosophy. I think it goes beyond that, in that it is more than merely a political doctrine. It is, in my estimation, a way of life, a code of conduct that associates one’s property with one’s liberty. For how can one truly be a free man when his property is not his to do with as he wishes? Russell Kirk, a man who has had a big impact on 20th century conservatism and has helped to shape it going into the new millennia was quoted as saying that conservatism is “the negation of ideology.”
How is that ‘negation of ideology’ translated into today’s conservative movement? The word ‘conservative’ is derived from the Latin verb, conservare, meaning to preserve or to save. So by its very nature, it would seem that to be Conservative is to hold onto the past. Then how do we arrive at what seems to be an oxy-moron such as ‘modern conservatism?’ How does one combine 21st century thinking with a traditional approach to life and politics? It’s not that difficult, really. I think Kirk was onto something important when he called it ‘the negation of ideology.’ For if one is to examine the Statist’s modus operandi, it is clear that amassing power and expanding the role of government in the life of the “masses” is his number one priority. It has been said that the far left, which is the controlling faction of the Democratic Party at this time, is part and parcel with big government. In other words, the Democratic Party needs big government for power and big government needs the Democratic Party to exist. It is a symbiotic relationship that is troubling to say the least and dangerous in the extreme.
To be honest, some Republican Presidents have increased government spending as well. Let’s look at Ronald Reagan. He did increase government, but he did it in a slightly different way. Reagan dramatically cut the role of the Federal Government in domestic programs and shifted the focus to increasing the military. Of course, this is well known today to be one of the leading reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union. So this begs the question, did Reagan increase or decrease the role of government in our lives? On the domestic front, he dramatically decreased it, so the argument can be made that he was a small-government conservative. If one takes into the account the expanded size of the Federal Government due to the military build-up during the Reagan years then the answer seems less clear unless you remember one key factor.
It specifically calls for the Federal Government to provide for the common defense; it does not call for entitlements, or other socialistic programs. So in retrospect, Reagan was definitely a true conservative.
It is very unfortunate that we do not have a true conservative in the White House at this time. Instead we have a man who was raised by Marxists, steeped in Communism and cut his political teeth in Chicago while studying the Alinsky method of community organizing.
Barack Obama is the most pure statist in American history to ever occupy the Oval Office. If you only look at the unprecedented spending undertaken by this administration, then you see that we are on a course of financial ruin.
- $787 billion stimulus package which morphed into $1.6 trillion in spending
- $400 billion “son of stimulus”
- $700 billion Wall Street bailout package
- $1.7 trillion Obamacare
- trillion dollar deficits almost every year he has been in office
- explosion in the National Debt, from $10 trillion to $18.7 trillion today, and looking to be north of $20 trillion by the time he leaves office
To assail his critics at the time, Obama promised to find $17 billion in cuts from his obscenely bloated budget. If it weren’t so scary, it would be laughable. As Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) said, “It’s as if you took a teaspoon of water out of the bathtub while you left the spigot on at full speed.”
So what we, the American public have been stuck with is the bill for a pure Statist’s Utopian dream. Can we afford this? Can our children or our grand-children afford this? The answer is no and it is only one of the many reasons why we need conservatism so much right now. So let us choose carefully who we decide to put into the Oval Office in 2016. We can ill afford another term of statism on steroids; and that is exactly what has happened. President Obama has led our country down the winding road of socialism. He made a promise to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” and that is unfortunately the one campaign promise he has attempted to keep.
But it isn’t just his spending that makes Barack Obama the most dangerous President the United States has ever had.
As the list of his insane spending boggles the mind, so too will this list of his scandals and lawless actions.
- Implemented portions of the Dream Act, (which had been rejected by Congress) by Executive Order
- Refused to prosecute violation of drug laws with certain mandatory minimums
- Illegally refused to act on Yucca Mountain’s application to become a nuclear waste repository
- Refusal to act during Benghazi terror attacks, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans in our Consolute in Lybia, and the resulting Cover-Up
- Gave billions in Foreign Aid to the Muslim Brotherhood after their coup gave them control of Egypt
- IRS Scandal in which Conservative groups were targeted ahead of the 2012 Presidential Elections
- Continually re-wrote the ACA or ObamaCare Law via Executive Fiat
- Implemented moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico even after a Federal Judge ruled it invalid
- Re-wrote Federal Bankruptcy Laws during GM’s and Chrysler’s bankruptcy proceedings, giving the UAW controlling interest in the auto companies
- Government agencies are engaging in “Operation Choke Point,” where the government asks banks to “choke off” access to financial services for customers engaging in conduct the Administration does not like—such as “ammunition sales”
- Declared the Senate in recess to illegally make appointments that required Senate approval
- Targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen by falsely labeling him a possible “co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a new leak
Fast & Furious and the resulting cover-up
- Targeted former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson because of her thorough coverage of the IRS scandal and the Benghazi Cover-Up
- Granted Amnesty to millions of illegal aliens via Executive Order, after saying publicly for 6 years that he didn’t have the authority to do so
So what is Conservatism and why is it so desperately needed at this time in United States history?
Because we need to nominate a candidate that articulate Ronald Reagan’s message of “Morning in America,” showing a positive outlook that our best days are STILL ahead of us.
If we nominate another mushmouth candidate from the bushy center, who espouses the “big tent” philosophy, it will relegate the GOP to become the permanent 2nd Party.
If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything and that is what is happening now. We need a platform of smaller government, lower taxes, less regulations, and more individual liberties, because a rising tide does in deed, lift all boats.
So, let’s remember as we approach the presidential primaries, we need a candidate that will unabashedly fly the flag of Conservatism. Choose carefully my friends, choose carefully.