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 Our founding framework for freedom is amendable, so if there is something you don’t like or think is outdated, fix it.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!

Cup Half Empty Day

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Call it the post holiday blues or whatever, but my coffee cup seems to be half empty instead of half full a lot lately concerning the direction my fellow Americans are heading. This shift to a wierd blend of socialism and despotism, in my view, is alarming and I don’t have a lot of confidence that in the long term, this trend will reverse. A Shame!

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!

You Are A Racist

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Until the recent implosion of many aspects of ObamaCare, including the Oct 1 web site failed launch, President Obama, himself, has often referred to the Affordable Care Act as ObamaCare. Apparently he is no longer comfortable having his name associated with the health care law. Now, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has declared that the term ObamaCare is racist and invented by wealthy white people in a derogatory way to demean a black leader “to render him inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments.”

So, anyone uttering or writing the word ObamaCare from now on is clearly a racist. Never mind HillaryCare and Reaganomics; those terms were obviously just dreamed up from the political well from whence they came and not motivated by the color of anyone’s skin. But anyone claiming that the ObamaCare term was only politically motivated is in denial and likely a bigot as well.

Oh crap! I just wrote ObamCare five times — oops — six times. I feel so guilty.

This is a classic method to make an argument when you are too lazy or lacking evidence for a truthful debate: name-calling and accusing opponents as being racist.

Demise of Liberalism & Democratic Party?

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I get a kick out of the “talking heads” making the rounds of the news commentary shows claiming that the present ObamaCare meltdown is a signal that liberalism and the democrats are in a death spiral and that the end is near for them. I remember when Newt Gingrich and the republicans enjoyed the success from the “Contract with America” and pundits were making the same claim, that liberalism was going up in smoke.

The progressive movement might have had a slight setback at that time similar to now, but they came back with a vengeance. The progressives, or socialists, that make up a good segment of the democratic party have been inching forward with their agenda for 100 years, and they will continue to do so. They have been entrenched within the nation’s educational system and the mass media for years, which is a very powerful environment in which they can brew and mold their message and warriors.

Conservatives that believe that liberalism and the democrats have been mortally wounded are dreaming and should spend their time refining their own message and ways to communicate it, instead of counting on this latest fantasy.

The mainstream media is already starting to regroup and resume their obvious support for Obama and the democrats after their recent truthful reporting had actually started to make a difference in the polls. They will now resume their lightweight and /or untruthful reporting so that their cause is protected coming up to the 2014 elections.

‘Yes We Can’ Destroy America As We Know It

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Barack Obama’s campaign slogan during the 2008 presidential elections was “Yes We Can” bring “fundamental change” to America. Most conservatives and liberals understood that fundamental change meant drastic alterations to the “core” principles that America’s founding fathers and the U.S. Constitution gifted to the new nation more than 200 years ago. Conservatives abhor those changes. Liberals depend upon them. Those principles of individual freedoms, equality, and justice eventually led to the United States of America becoming the most powerful, and most just and humane country on Earth. Yes, mistakes and injustice were part of that history as there is no such thing as a perfect union. But America exhibited those virtues of courage, loyalty, compassion, and freedom in a better fashion than any other nation.

Five years after first winning the White House, Obama and his fellow progressives have completed the first phase of “fundamental change,” which I will hereafter refer to its synonym—destruction– of America’s core principles. In 2012, Obama was re-elected with a 51.1% vote, to continue his socialization of America. We are now witnessing the fast-track in the destruction of the values and principles that once made this country great and the envy of the world.

Obama and his cohorts are destroying the foundations of our national character that had earned the respect (and perhaps fear) of world leaders, both allies and enemies. Today, we no longer stand by our friends. We spy on our closest friends, and we throw our staunchest allies under the bus for political gains or diversions. Obama has destroyed our reputation throughout the world as a strong leader of nations. Now we are seen as weak and quick to betray. The Iranian nuclear deal and its devastating impact of the security of Israel is only one example. America’s policy of betrayal is evident throughout the Middle East.

Closer to home, Obama has been highly effective at destroying the American economy and the middle class. Can we blame all of the economic woes on Obama? Of course not. The previous president wasn’t exactly a penny-pincher and added his share to expanding the federal government (ie…Homeland Security Department). However, Obama’s redistribution of wealth campaign has had far greater impact on the job market, inflation (Yes-there is inflation!) and the once flourishing 40-hour work week. We are swiftly switching to a part-time nation because of ObamaCare, and the full impact of higher taxes, penalties, and health insurance costs are yet to be felt by the average citizen. We were lied to and the only voters that could not see that, apparently, were the independents that gave the White House to the democrats, again. Obama hopes that another delay in implementing certain phases of the program will enable democrats to continue fooling the independents and to hang onto the U.S. Senate during the 2014 elections. Keeping control of the senate is key to ObamaCare’s permanent implementation. Once that happens, there is no going back, no more repeal and replace efforts, no more worries for the complicit democrats in the destruction of the free enterprise system and individual liberties we once enjoyed. A 2014 Senate democrat victory will be checkmate.

For about 100 years the progressives have, inch-by-inch, successfully implemented socialist programs that effectively erode citizens’ constitutional freedoms. Whether it is oppression via redistributed wealth (which benefits a powerful central government more than it does the Nation’s poor), restricting freedom of religion, speech, expression, or infringes upon gun rights, state’s rights, etc, it is still oppression. Your constitutional rights, my rights, have been stepped on and devalued.

What Woodrow Wilson began, Barack Obama is taking a huge step in completing: a national transformation to create a federal government so huge and powerful, that all Americans will be forced to depend upon it. Of course, that dependence almost guarantees more votes for the democrats, the drug dealers that made the dependency possible, thereby assuring the democrats hold on power for a long time to come.

Are all social programs evil and harmful to a thriving America? No! America, and any country worth living in, must be compassionate and helpful towards the poor. We do not live in a Utopia, perhaps we never will. Technology and wealth enable modern societies to assist people when they are, at no fault of their own, in dire straits. People lose jobs and incomes. Others get injured or suffer from disease. We have and always should assist those that cannot help themselves. Where Europe, and now America has erred, is to enable significant portions of their populations to take advantage of that generosity and live off the hard work and sweat of the rest of the population, when they were physically and mentally able to provide for themselves. As we witness the devastating fallout in Europe from that sustained, flawed policy, American leaders choose to ignore the facts and follow the same path to destruction.

Conservatives’ and liberals’ minds are made up and will vote as they always do come election time. We have very few opportunities to steer away from this destructive course. Independents and so-called moderates have a last chance, and responsibility, to wake up and start paying attention to this historic moment in United States evolution. Do you agree with the socialists that the Constitution is an obsolete document not suited to a modern society and that an all-powerful federal government is better suited to managing people’s lives from birth to death? Or do you think individual liberties and innovation and a free, competitive marketplace is the best venue for solving problems in the 21st century?

Everybody should be paying full attention to this national transformation. It is not a trivial game. It will change your life significantly, and those generations that follow us. Do not hide from realty by spending all of your time playing video games, watching entertaining television programming, or ignoring the issue. Reserve some amount of time for serious study and analysis of current events. Get involved and informed!

Independents have this last opportunity in the mid-term elections to tell Obama and the democrats, “No You Can’t” destroy the American freedoms and prosperity that they would have their children and grandchildren enjoy, as most of you have in your lifetime. Sometimes, saying no is good for discipline.

“What prosperity?” you may ask. True, many Americans have experienced a level of poverty in their lifetime, as I have. Contrast that definition of poverty, though, to that of poor villagers in a third world country where children have distended stomachs from malnutrition. From that perspective, nearly all Americans have prospered. I just hope we continue to prosper as the years pass.