Conservatism My Way

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In an era when democrats are calling Trump and his followers conservatives, I felt it necessary to define what conservatism means to me, and it is nearly the polar opposite of Trumpkins. Not every conservative thinks alike and there are many varieties, but true conservatives will probably agree with the majority of my points. If you can agree with most of them, then feel free to share this; what the heck, share it anyways. Start a converstion!

Conservative Principles & Traits

1. Constitutional Conservative. Believes in and supports the United States Constitution and all of its amendments, even when it is inconvenient. Our founding framework for freedom is amendable, so if there is something you don’t like or think is outdated, fix it. Yes, it is a high hurdle to amend the Constitution, and it should be! Protect our bill of rights and freedom that our founders and creator gave us and countless service members have sacrificed to maintain. Don’t give them away!

2. Pro-Life. Abortion should not be an accepted form of birth control. Late-term abortion is clearly reprehensible and murder in my view. I am pro-life also when it comes to capital punishment. We have the capability to put murderers behind bars for life and the fact that human beings, including juries and prosecutors, make mistakes all the time warrants prison instead of death. You cannot undo lethal injection once it did its job. I only believe in killing for self and national defense. Many conservatives will not agree with me on the death penalty, but I hope they come around.

3. Border & Immigration Security. We are a sovereign nation and should keep it that way. Terrorism and migration of undesirables are valid reasons to secure our borders and reform legal immigration policy. However, we should not violate our Constitution as we beef up our security. Calling for the deportation of American citizens for their religious beliefs is a violation of our key founding principle. We should build walls, fences, and electronic security on our borders. We should also cease any policy that encourages people to illegally enter our country, such as the social programs the Obama admin has been offering them, and sanctuary cities that protect them from our laws. We should also modify our legal immigration policy to profile – yes PROFILE – potential immigrants and properly vet them to assure they are not terrorists or criminals or sympathizers of the same. We should be seeking people that will contribute to our nation and assimilate with our culture. If they want to come to America to form a mini version of the country and culture they are leaving, we don’t need them. We are a passionate and humane nation and we can accept certain refugees from persecution. But we are not a stupid or crazy people. Don’t try to make us into Europe where Islamic radicals are transforming their society. Not here!

4. Crime Does Not Pay. We should make that phrase applicable again. If you commit a crime you will have to pay a specific debt to society. Violent criminals should definitely spend a long time in a cell. If you purposely take a life and it is not self defense you forfeit your freedom forever. Here is where some conservatives will disagree with me. The War on Drugs was never waged to win. Drug and alcohol abuse are involved in some way to a majority of crimes in America. Home invasions, theft, assault, and murder usually involve drug and/or alcohol abuse. The trend is to de-criminalize and legalize drugs. This is a big mistake. Instead, we should treat drug dealers like murderers, because in many cases, that is what they are. It is not just the addicted person whose life is ruined, but entire families. Treatment should be offered to addicts, but in many cases harsher measures must be taken to break the cycle. Today, we tend to keep addicts addicted by providing them with never-ending access to methadone or other type clinics. This prevents them from ever contributing to families and society. Limit the treatment. Design a program that works. If that includes incarceration, so be it.

5. Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility. What happened to the Republican Party’s mantra of small government? The federal government has ballooned under democrat and republican administrations and congress. Along with that is a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money and infringement of Liberty. All levels of government can be significantly trimmed. Politicians and judges have used creative license to interpret the Constitution’s definition of federal government role to include everything under the sun. This cannot continue. Get back to basics!

6. Strong Defense. If we allow our military to decline in funding and number any further, we will not be able to perform the basic function of federal government that the Constitution demands. Security of our nation from enemies, which we have many, is crucial. At the same time, we should adopt former Secretry of Defence Cap Weinberger’s rules for when it is appropriate to put military members in harm’s way. Google it. The United States is not a colonial empire and we should not always be the world’s policeman. We should always put U.S. national security interests above all, as well as honor our treaties with allies.  

7. Civil Liberties. This is a complicated one. When it comes to marriage, religion, and morality, social conservatives often conflict with fiscal conservatives. Gay marriage, transgendered rights, and the list goes on. I lean libertarian and am torn on this issue. In my opinion, marriage is a religious institution dating back far before The Declaration of Independence. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion. I had hoped civil unions for gays would have been sufficient as long as they had the same privileges and benefits of married couples. But the Supreme Court has ruled and it is now the law that gays can be married. Now ‘transgendered’ and people who self-identify as something other than themselves want all sorts of rights and special privileges. The result is that a small minority get to impose their wills on the majority, and religous and other freedoms are infringed upon others. For instance, a Christian baker family has lost their religious freedom in order to satisfy a gay couple who could’ve ordered a wedding cake from numerous other bakers, but insisted on making a case against the Christians. This is rediculous! Our system of government is designed to protect minorities, as it should be. But no where in the Constitution does it say minority rules, or a minority’s civil rights outweigh the majority’s rights. No more! On morality, whether you are religious or not, as a conservative you most certainly believe that a nation and its people must have a moral compass to keep them from abusing power. There IS a right and wrong. Without a moral center, many wrongs and atrocities are possible. This is my biggest concern with Mr. Donald Trump and his followers. They either don’t have or don’t care about morality.

8. Free-Market Capitalism. We did not become the greatest nation on planet Earth using socialism or communism as our economic system. We used a reasonably regulated free enterprise system where individuals and companies make profit by providing products and services to others. If you want to reap the benefits of socialism, move  to Venezuela. 

9. Fact over Fiction. Whether it be within our government, schools, media, or elsewhere, conservatives prefer dealing with fact and evidence instead of rumor, myth, or lies. Unless we are reading a novel for entertainment we like the truth, even when it hurts. To those who say there is no such thing as truth: Be Gone! Yes, there are gray areas here and there, but most things can be boiled down to true or false. Schools should stop revising history (and math) and teach the truth. There is good and bad in our history. The kids can handle it. But stop being political. They will form their own political beliefs as adults. Teachers or government don’t need to brainwash them. The media has First Amendment rights, but I implore them to stop trying to affect American politics and instead impartially report on it. This election cycle has demonstrated how corrupt both our government and media have become. The American people themselves have to become more responsible and stop spreading myth and rumor on social media. It is fairly easy to fact-check using the Internet or library. 

10. Freedom. If America can exemplify one concept, it is freedom. It is why we were founded, and what we grew and nurtured through the generations. Not everyone enjoyed freedom equally at the beginning, but like any infant, we grew and learned and are now the beacon of hope and liberty to oppressed people everywhere on the globe. Let’s keep it that way. Our founders insisted on a Bill of Rights before they approved the Constitution because they knew in order to keep our government from becoming just another dictatorship, we needed guaranteed individual freedoms. These liberties are now under constant attack by politicians, radical judges, and groups who really want to make a more powerful central government. We will no longer be America if we allow this to continue.

11. My Eleventh Commandmant! Elected officials affect our lives in many ways. Our liberty, our money, our future depend on electing people who exhibit high levels of integrity, character, honor, and conviction. Does this mean they should be rigid and inflexible? No. But they should be honest, principled, and courageous. Voters can put these type of people in office, or as has been trending, they can put waffling, unethical, power-hungry people in office. We get what we deserve!

Private Enterprise Limiting Freedom, Choices

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The Silent Majority has often allowed government to reign in the freedoms and liberties that our Founders saw fit to gift all the generations to follow. Now the silence is permitting private enterprise to further limit the choices we have as Americans in purchasing inventory.

The unfounded and knee-jerk reaction to the horrible murders at the church in Charleston, South Carolina last month created a wave of anti-confederate and anti-American history. Walmart, Amazon, Apple, Target, TVLAND channel, and other retailers have vowed to remove confederate items from their shelves and programming.

The confederate flag is symbolic in different ways to different people. They all have a right to their viewpoints. However, they do not have a right to usurp others ability to purchase a confederate flag, or whatever item of the day is being satanized at the time. But that is exactly what has happened. An extremely vocal minority on social media has corporate executives shaking in their boots and peeing their pants. They have chosen to ban these items (once their inventory is depleted and profit secured) to placate these loud voices. Those who value the confederate flag have had their choice made irrelevant, politically incorrect, and deemed Un-American. It will not stop there, believe me!

The families and friends of the victims in Charleston reacted in the exact opposite way after the massacre. They espoused their love, forgiveness, and understanding and united their community in a remarkable fashion.

The murderer is the sole individual that should be held accountable, not 70 million southerners or an entire nation. Just because the killer was a racist and had previously posed with a confederate flag does not make everyone who displays that flag a racist. Just as the KKK carrying American flags does not make every American a racist. Confederate merchandise had nothing to do with those murders, and a people’s history and heritage should not be erased because of it.

Corporate America has decided otherwise. And it is YOUR fault. Unless you have already contacted these big box businesses and told them you will not tolerate this behavior, you are part of the problem. Americans can no longer remain silent and hope others will come to their senses. The political correctness crowd is way too organized and vocal about their wishes. I believe they are still in the minority in the USA, but they are loud and effective. They make things happen. They “git er done!”

It is no longer sufficient to just email your congressman now and then on a topic you care about. The Silent Majority MUST break their silence and be heard. It is so easy today to contact businesses and politicians. Facebook, Twitter, email, websites, old-fashioned mail and phone calls, all work. That is what the PC crowd knows and practices all the time. They are winning the day, and American liberties and choices are dwindling as a result.

These corporations value one thing above all else: money. If the majority of folks, whom polls indicate are not offended by the confederate flag and whom cherish their freedom and choices, would all speak out at once, these business execs would realize real quick who has the bigger purchasing power and how their own business would be impacted if a boycott would take hold. They are good at math.

It is the same issue with NBC and Univision dropping Donald Trump-owned or sponsored programming because of his political remarks regarding the southern border and illegal aliens and Mexicans. I am not a Trump fan, but he spoke his mind as we would hope all presidential candidates would do, and his words were blunt, but true. The truth hurts and apparently it must be vanquished.

Enough of this PC madness. Silent Majority, get your heads out of the sand and get in the arena. It is easy to do and it is vitally necessary.

BTW, I am writing this essay on an Apple Macbook Air. It will be the last Apple product I own if that company does not reverse course and stop embracing every liberal and PC craze that comes along. Next time my iPhone, iPad, or computer is in need of replacement, I will be shopping Android or some other brand of personal computer.  I am also striving to stay out of Walmart or using amazon.com. Capitalism and censorship are not a great mix.

Dear Comrade President Obama:

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Kudos for furthering our great cause. You have accomplished more in 5 years than any other progressive American leader in American history. Your critics claim that you have accomplished little as president, but they are dead wrong.Image

You are on the path to right the many wrongs that your predecessors and their cohorts have inflicted upon the world. Americans and world citizens are already feeling the impact of your decisions. The past American century has resulted in the tainting of other cultures across the globe and the theft of resources for the benefit of wealthy white American males. That is all coming to a screeching halt! United States foreign policy, leadership, and might is wavering all over the map and American influence is at an all-time low. That was a primary goal and your remarkable success in such short order is nothing short of amazing.

Here in the homeland, you managed to force the restructure of one-sixth of the economy via the “Affordable” Health Care law. The beauty of this move is that our goal of shifting wealth and power in the country will be accomplished whether the original law succeeds or fails! We have already won! The likelihood of this feat being undone is next to nil.

I would like to applaud your whole team, not just your White House Staff, but also Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, University/College faculties, Big Unions, The American Medical Association, AARP, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times, and the rest of the mainstream media. Your community organizer skills have been key in creating this powerful team of conspirators. Congratulations all!

Comrade, these specific objectives that you have reached or are close in meeting are particularly impressive:

  • Convincing the majority of Americans that it is not radical Islamic extremists that threaten America, but groups such as the Tea Party, and even nations such as Israel, that deserve our disdain. Nations like Iran only wish to attain nuclear power for peaceful purposes and anyone who doubts that is blind or racist and anti-Muslim. They pose no threat to us.
  • Speaking of Tea Party, the IRS targeting the tea party types was highly effective and succeeded in shutting up many shrill voices prior to your re-election. I know politically you cannot take personal credit for that ingenious idea, wink wink! I only hope you have doubled down and are secretly continuing with those sort of tactics. We need every tool to help us reach the final goal.
  • Libya & Syria. This delicious combination of inaction and unwarranted intrusion has destabilized the whole Middle East, taken out or weakened dictators, and is enabling peace-loving Islamists to have their turn at shaping that region of the world. The indirectly related tragedy of Benghazi can be viewed as an unforeseen sacrifice that will be rewarded in the end with a peaceful future for Africa and the Middle East, without the corrupting interference from Colonial America. Egypt’s military overthrow of our Muslim Brotherhood friend is only a temporary setback.
  • Your promises (on & off mic) to our mutual friend Vladimir Putin have helped restore him and Russia as influential world leaders, our Marxist right. Who needed a reset button? Power to the People!
  • Creating a larger segment of American society dependent upon government is crucial to protecting us enlightened ones, and implements a key control mechanism that will be necessary to attaining our higher aspirations.
  • Fighting the right wing extremists in the republican party on border control has been a major effort in our “Open Borders” campaign. Your brilliant move to hire attorneys from left wing organizations promoting open borders will assist you in sidestepping any nuisance laws that could hinder the effort. Stacking the very immigration enforcement agencies tasked with protecting the border with our allies is defacto immigration reform. Only in America as they say!

Comrade Mr. President, I could go on and on, but instead will save that for another letter. Just do not compromise. Double down-triple down! Your tactics have worked splendidly so far. Keep up the good work! Soon, we will begin designing a proper statue and monument for Obama Square on the mall!