Some time ago I wrote an article titled “I’m not the same conservative I was five years ago.” In it I tried to explain my own evolution from being a conservative who blindly followed the establishment narrative to one who no longer was willing to give the establishment a free pass. I learned that big government statists were not limited by party affiliation. In fact many statists can be found in our own conservative party. I decided it was time to take off the party goggles and view the issues through the eyes of an American who loves liberty. It took some time and a great deal of reading to course correct my direction but when I did I realized how wrong I had been about many things. It made me take a hard look at myself and ask what I was trying to conserve as a conservative.
The truth is for the last 100 years the progressives/liberals have piece by piece fundamentally transformed our nation before our very eyes from the nation our founding fathers established that viewed life, liberty and property rights as unalienable to a nation that can spy on (NSA), illegally search and seize (TSA), detain indefinitely (NDAA), and if necessary execute its citizens. We have transformed into a nation where a government can regulate businesses out of business and seize your property in the name of conservation or national security. If this is the nation that conservatives are trying to conserve, I will have none of it. The nation I want to conserve or maybe better put “reestablish” is the constitutional republic our founding fathers established in 1787; a republic that placed strict limitations on governmental powers and empowered it citizens to govern themselves. I want the nation that protects the rights of its citizens, not one that legislate them away when a crisis arises. The question is how to we get there from here. The deck appears to be stacked against us.
The first step in my opinion starts with you. It’s time to look in the mirror and ask the hard questions. I do this all the time because I too am evolving in terms of my political ideology. I’m not the same conservative I was a year ago. You must first determine how you feel about life, liberty, and property rights. If you believe as the founders did that these are rights you were born with and not granted by some governmental entity you then must ask if the candidates you support on both the local and national level feel the same. Do the candidates truly believe the constitution is a document that restrains the federal government or are they just saying they do to get your vote? Look at their record. Their actions will tell you more than the words they speak. Just look at President Obama. He says one thing then does another. He’s a liar who doesn’t deserve our vote. Elizabeth Warren lied about having a Native American heritage. Does she deserve the vote of Massachusetts voters? The answer is no. If you will lie about your heritage, you will lie about anything and these are the kind of people we can’t afford to send to Washington D.C. anymore. Do you think the current system is broken; that politicians are overstepping its constitutional authority? If the answer is yes, then as a conservative what are you trying to conserve? As for me I would like to see the reestablishment of a constitutional republic, so does this make me a conservative or something else?
The answer is it makes me a person who wants to conserve the traditions and institutions that were established by the founding fathers and in these times it makes me a conservative on the outside looking in. Today many conservatives appear more concerned about conserving the America we have become than reestablishing an America that made us special and unique amongst the nations of the world. The America we have today is one that is slipping towards tyranny with each regulation implemented and each law passed, forcing one group of Americans to surrender their wages to support another. Folks when the government confiscates a portion of your income (property) and gives it to another with the threat of incarceration (IRS) that’s slavery. This is not the America I want to conserve.
Change starts within and spreads to the rest of the system. Until conservatives determine what they truly stand for and what they truly want to conserve we will continue to march towards tyranny and slavery. People will continue to vote for the candidate based on party affiliation or simply because they are not Obama and liberty will never be restore and the constitutional republic will never be reestablished. As painful as that sounds, that’s how I see it. Tell me how you see it.
Liberty forever, freedom for all.