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The Positives of Conservatism – Limited Government

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So I’ve decided to try and start a series of posts on the positives of Conservatism. To elaborate, we spend a LOT of time trashing the left. And while it’s good sport for us, it hardly does anything to win the hearts and minds of those who vacillate between left and right. So, it’s my opinion that we, as Conservatives, need to actually start uniting behind a real message of hope – one that works because it’s not contrary to the left, but rather, promotes the things that are great about America. If we can do that, we stand to begin winning hearts and minds to the RIGHT path.

Part of this series will be questions to ask people. Liberals will likely retort with race-bating, hate-bating, or some other emotionally charged response about how Bush screwed this or that up, or how the Tea Party is wrecking America. But these questions are designed to be individualized – which means you have to start having conversations with individual people.

In other words, how government is supposed to be.

So here is something to “pass through the grass”.

On Limited Government

When I stand around a watercooler, I never hear anyone who sings the praises of the government. Mostly, the conversation takes a downward turn about how stupid everyone in the belt-way is, or how inept the government is, or how they simply hate them. Without exception, I NEVER hear, “oh, I love the government”, or “I simply love Congress”.

The only part of the government, really, that gets any real respect and adoration is our Military. And that’s because they justly earn it. Thanks for your service, my Brothers and Sisters in Arms.

Today, approval of Congress has never been lower, something like 85% disapproval, less than 10% approval according to Real Clear Politics. It’s never been as bad as it is now. Now chalk it up to things like the shutdown, or the O’care rollout, or their general acts that are morally questionable when spending money and earmarking – but either way, less than one person in ten has a positive view of Congress.

Logic dictates one of either two courses of

  • They are unwilling to improve.
  • They are unable to improve.

To that end, either way, that doesn’t sit will with me when we consider that we’re to trust government with our money, our freedoms, or even our health care.

Ask: If everyone in government is so stupid and incapable, then why do we want to continuously trust them with things that could effectively mean life or death?

Government only was commissioned for specific things. Originally and specifically, it was commissioned for:

  1. print money – Dept of Treasury;
  2. negotiate treaties and communicate with other nations – Dept of State;
  3. raise and maintain a military – Dept of War (now Defense); and
  4. manage commerce issues between the several States – Dept of Commerce.

The way I see it, this is what it should be. But now, government has become so bloated and unworkable, it’s beyond repair. We as individuals need to evaluate just how involved government is in our lives. We saw a glimpse of this during the shutdown. Frankly, it should be a very disturbing thing to all Americans as to how dependent we have become on government.

Ask: Are you saying then that you NEED the government, because you’re incapable of taking care of yourself, or you want the government to pony up because it continuously takes from you. In either case, why is the government something that is desirable?

Ask: Wouldn’t you feel better if you were to realize the American Dream on your own, rather than holding to a handout?

Ask: Wouldn’t it not be better to be unaffected by what happens in Washington on a personal level, than to have people in Washington make decisions without considering how it affects you?

In the end, the more that government is involved in our lives, the less liberty and freedom we enjoy. We can’t allow the bureaucrats to sacrifice our liberty for the entitlement of others. Each person is to control their own destiny – without an overreaching government messing it up.

So, the first benefit of conservatism is that we believe that with government out of the way most of the time, people are more free to control their own destinies. Government has its purposes, but it’s better to have those purposes limited and specific, not over-reaching and broad.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

October 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

Lewinsky Reloaded? Nah, We’re Not Biting

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Folks, I also want to caution – conservatives will never win when we lower ourselves to mudslinging and feeding into the negativity.  We have a strong powerful message:  lower taxes, limited government, fiscal responsibility, moral leadership in the world, strong national defense, and an American identity that makes one proud; we need to focus squarely on that.

I don’t normally relish the thought of going to bat for Barack Obama.  Granted he’s still the President of the United States (which makes me just want to punch a wall every time I think about it).

But really…

Today the National Enquirer is trying to sensationalize and run a story that would equate to Lewinsky Reloaded.   Turns out, the target is Barack Obama and the supposed mistress is a 35 year old campaign staffer by the name of Vera Baker.  Evidently, the information got “leaked” that Baker was banished from the campaign by Michelle Obama.  The story initially broke back around 2009 and it would seem that The Enquirer is trying to dredge it back up. 

I don’t really take for truth most, if any, of what The National Enquirer  says, since they would run stories about hybrid bat people, this celeb bedding down with that no named pool boy, etc etc.  Even still, the stories that they do run – well, none of their staff has the cast iron gravitas to tie his/her name to the rubbish.

All the news that’s unfit to print, right guys?

As we all remember with rolling eyes, former President Bill Clinton got his hand caught in the proverbial nookie jar when it was revealed that he was having an…ahem…”inappropriate relationship” with Monica Lewinsky.   But it would seem that The Enquirer, now out of gas from the “Tiger Woods putting on another green” story, is gunning for something a bit more juicier, edgier, racier.

More eye rolling…

Do I believe this story to be true?  Not at all.   And while I still have a few reservations about whether or not Obama was actually born in Hawai’i, despite all the WorldNetDaily/Orly Tait circumstantial “evidence” to the contrary (not to mention the March 25, 2010 remarks on the Kenyan Parliament floorsubsequently removed from the Kenyan Parliament website) I am pretty certain that Obama isn’t that stupid to cheat on or get caught cheating on his wife. 

Considering that Michelle Obama is pretty scary to be taken lightly as a “woman scorned”.

But this post isn’t about all that.  It’s about the incessant appetite that America seems to have with scandalous stories about prominent figures and mistresses.  And for years on end, tabloid papers like The National Enquirer  have been feeding that craving.  Never mind anything about good journalistic integrity, fact checking, and responsible reporting of actual news, versus slinging slander, The Enquirer  has made its money by selling stories about stuff that people want to hear, whether or not it’s actually true.  And it would seem that the saucier the story is, the faster that the tabloids are looking to put it out there.

I guess the one thing that I really want to comment about, after it’s all said and done is a warning to my fellow conservatives.  In theory, if Bam-ster actually got involved in such a scandal, the damage to the Democrat Party would be so extreme that it would nearly guarantee GOP control of Congress after just four years of Democrat control.  And Bam would not at all be game for a 2012 run without some serious PR damage control and a widespread suspension of belief/truth by the main populace of Americans.  I mean, let’s hypothesize for a moment.   Let’s say that Bam Bam was just stupid enough to pull a Slick Willie…do you think someone like Robert Gibbs (fibs) would be able to tap dance that good and pull Bam’s…uh…bacon out of the fire?

Again, I’m sure Bam is not that stupid.  Granted he’s very a rank amateur when it comes to being a good government executive, with all of his time in the Oval Office being on-the-job training.  But I am pretty well certain that he’s not that irresponsibly brash in his arrogance that he would amount to this.  We knew about Clinton, even before he got into office.  Bam’s not that stupid; let me reiterate.

So why the story?

My guess, and this is the cynical, conspirator side of my psyche talking, that this little ditty is designed to grab the attention of those on the Right Wing who would just love to watch Obama go down in something reminiscent of Clinton. 

Folks, I also want to caution – conservatives will never win when we lower ourselves to mudslinging and feeding into the negativity.  We have a strong powerful message:  lower taxes, limited government, fiscal responsibility, moral leadership in the world, strong national defense, and an identity that makes one proud; we need to focus squarely on that.  If we resorted to this kind of stuff – stuff we would expect from the Hollywood-backed Left Wing,

Oh look, here’s a little nugget about Rielle Hunter, former John Edwards mistress talking about how she’s “responsible” for bringing down the only politician and presidential candidate (abeit two-time/two-timing loser) with Harpo Winfrey herself (another Obama cheerleader…).

Perhaps there’s some good dirt in there?

Oh yeah, right.

[after telling Jay that they’re going to check the “hot sheets,” Kay pulls up to a newsstand and buys a pile of supermarket tabloids]

Jay: *These* are the hot sheets?

Kay: Best investigative reporting on the planet. But go ahead, read the New York Times if you want. They get lucky sometimes.

Jay: I can’t believe you lookin’ for tips in the supermarket tabloids!

Kay: Not lookin’ for. Found.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

May 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Getting Back on Track – The Right Way

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America doesn’t need to be remade; it only needs to go back to the principles to doing what actually brings prosperity and security. We don’t need a new approach. We need to do what we’ve already seen work everywhere it’s genuinely tried – true social and fiscal conservatism.

For many months now, the Grand Ol’ Party has been in disarray, damaged by its inability to stand up for the convictions that brought it into power back in 1980 and again in 1994. During the Bush 41 and 43 administrations, the GOP sacrificed its principles, a little at a time.  The GOP began to grow government, instead of shrink it.  It began to become “OK” with abortion and gay marriage. It began to acquiesce to financial madness and fiscal irresponsiblity, in order to satisfy a handful of vocal objectors.

We watched in shock and horror as the Dems took back control of the House and Senate in 2006 and how they strengthened their hold in 2008. We also watched as an unqualified, socialistic empty suit took the helm as President. The Dems are poised to seal the deal now that the power hungry Arlen Specter, jumped from GOP to Democrat, thus labeling himself as he always was and that diaper-wearing dumbkopf blowhard, Stuart Smalley, aka Al Franken, took the last two chairs and ensures that our party is silenced in the operations of the Federal Government for at least a couple years.

Then the finger pointing began. We accused John McCain of not being conservative enough, so the “holier-than-thou” conservatives stayed home instead of coming out in droves against Obamania. We accused Sarah Palin of being too conservative and a painted lady, a last ditch effort to score some points

The point is, we all blew it.

We got comfortable. We let our guard down and the Dems rushed in like a flood. Now we have to sit back as liberals, homosexuals, and godless socialists have their way with our country. And for now, we do so, hoping that they don’t wreck the country too badly, don’t start throwing us Right Wing extremists (you hear that, Napolitano?) into jail for hate crimes, and taxing us into oblivion to pay off anyone in the world who wants a free abortion. We sit back now and hope we can give our children a truly Godly education and hope the State doesn’t come in and take our kids when we stand up, ready to arm ourselves in the face of oppression. And we hope that, as Obama relaxes our defenses in the face of a bitter enemy who wants revenge for everything in the world that they don’t detonate a nuclear weapon in Kansas City.

Not only did we let our guard down, we allowed our message to get watered down. We started saying instead of limiting government wherever and whenever we can, we started making concessions. We started allowing little government programs pop up. And kind of like the one little dandelion in your yard that is too much trouble to uproot, we left it alone. Then two more appeared. Then three. And suddenly, a good deal of our government budget is spent on entitlements and programs.  Pork projects sprung up all over and we didn’t do anything to stop them until there were so many that it was too late to make an effective stand.

It’s not his fault, her fault. It’s our fault. We did this to ourselves.

So how do we fix it?  We go back and look at the Reagan playbook again, update for today’s landscape, and start winning elections.

First, we all owe God and the Founders a deep, bitter apology for our sin. Many of us refused to stand up when the time came. Many of us said, “it’s not our problem, we’re too busy”. We squandered away our victories and apologized for our affluence. God blessed us and we tossed it into the trashcan as we took things for granted. We started thinking of ourselves better (and so became careless) when it came time to build upon the foundations that Reagan helped us to see.

Second, we need to pick ourselves up by reinvesting in our roots. We need to get away from this ‘move a bit to the center so we get more support’ and stand up for our principles. In 1980, Reagan’s landslide came because he held his principles and the moderates came to agree with Reagan (or disagree with Carter).

Third, we work the grassroots. We talk to our friends and neighbors about conservative principles and more importantly, we weave them into our daily lives. We live the message we preach. (sound familiar, Christians?)  We learn to communicate in the 21st century

There’s been all this clamor as of late about getting past Reagan and getting on with the business of the party. Do you want to stop mentioning the name, “Ronald Reagan”? Fine. I’m alright with that. And I’m sure Reagan would be alright with that, too, since he surely didn’t believe it was about him, but values and principle. But that doesn’t mean we forget the principles of Reagan.

So, as we put Reagan in the rear-view, let’s put the principles of conservatism in the front-view and strive for the ideologies that have always made this country great. Let’s start getting back to the principles of limited government as well as limited government involvement in people’s lives. Let’s tell the government to stay out of our health care, stay out of our private sector and leave the economy the heck alone. America doesn’t need to be remade; it only needs to go back to the principles to doing what actually brings prosperity and security. We don’t need a new approach. We need to do what we’ve already seen work everywhere it’s genuinely tried – true social and fiscal conservatism.

We can stop saying the name Reagan, just as long as we never stop doing the fundamental principles of Reagan-style conservatism.

Written by The Rabid Conservative

May 5, 2009 at 2:43 pm

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