In the past few years I’ve had a platform here on my blog to share my opinion with my readers through great articles and commentary on many issues of concern. For a while there that concern was ‘she who will not be named’! Since then I’ve had some time to think about what it is that just drives my side (the right) to continue a political dialogue with a time honored foe (the left), until recently with fair success. Of course since the 2008 presidential campaign, things have changed in the political perceptions of all who have been engaged in politics on either side of the political spectrum. It used to be the Democratic Party involved and supporting crazy, extremists radicals! The ‘cults’ of personalities on the Republican side have brought me to a cross roads with my politics. I’m more interested in what others think about the issues that affect us, I know what I think. I believe the answers are not an easy slogan or bumper sticker phrases. I’ve certainly become more cautious, more vigilant to our basic rights as Americans. I want to know what the Constitution, Bill of Rights say about being one people, one nation, how to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for ourselves, our children and for some of us, our grandchildren. If someone like ‘she who will not be named’ can be catapulted to political stardom to take her spot as the second in charge of the nation, a person being fraudulently perpetuated as a competent policy maker, I realized that it can and probably will happen again. Regardless of what some may have written about me in emails and books, I’m not a ‘hater’ or unwilling to listen to reason. Being ugly, hateful and arrogent is not part of my conservatism. I’ve always tried to apply the old sayings; “Kill Them With Kindness” and “You attract more bees with honey than vinegar”
Today some who call themselves conservatives say liberals are ruthless, anti-God, that they hate their country, and even “liberalism is a mental disorder.” Here are a few examples often used to support the argument.
Please comment and tell me what your thoughts are concerning any of these issues.
Liberals want to keep the borders open and allow illegal immigrants to come in and deplete our resources while letting drug dealers, criminals, and potential terrorists enter freely.
They refuse to drill for more oil within the US on a pretense of protecting the environment, and let us continue to depend on foreign oil while at the same time gas prices keep rising, driving up prices of other goods.
This one might be the biggie: liberals want more government control on our lives which is the opposite of promoting individual freedom.
As for me, I refuse to believe liberals or conservatives differ in their motives. We all want to be happy, healthy, and free. Where conservatives like myself take issue with liberals is the notion that change must be made without thorough regard to the consequences of such a change. Anyone who says conservatives refuse to change is distorting the reality of a conservative mindset. I do not refute a need to change; I just require evidence to suggest not only a need to change, but that such a change will in fact be an improvement. I see no reason to believe that government can accomplish many of the goals it sets out to do even if an argument can be made that it should attempt such things. Government has not demonstrated any propensity for being competent much less a responsible steward of our tax dollars, and so limiting the scope of their duty seems perfectly reasonable to me.
I close with a quote: Conservatives believe in equality of opportunity. Liberals believe in equality of outcome.