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Conservative Values

Some years back, many political activists who at one time referred to their politics as 'liberal', discarded that word in favor of a new term, 'progressive'. This was no accident, 'liberal' having accumulated a lot of negative weight due to, well, the sheer hypocrisy of its public behavior. The word liberal is commonly defined to mean expansive, open-minded, with the connotation of tolerance and good will. And that meaning made sense for many years, as Liberal activists sought to protect civil rights for minorities, establish equal protection under the law for all America citizens, and to improve social acceptance of different cultures and beliefs. But almost immediately after the Civil Rights Act was passed, the standards and tactics of Liberalism began to shift, become exclusive to radical politics, a willingness to suborn the will of the public through selective court actions designed to overturn legal elections, and demonization of political targets through character assassination. Liberal activists sold the lie that only Whites could be racist, asserted that non-citizens, illegal aliens, and even sworn enemies of the United States held the same legal rights and privileges as born Americans, and flooded the mainstream media with innuendo, libel and slander against leading Conservatives. While this was sometimes effective in winning elections or targeted court battles, in general the public found such tactics unethical and began to reject them. So, Liberal activists changed their tag to 'Progressive', in the hope of re-branding their image rather than facing the real failing of their behavior and unethical conduct.

To counter the moral failing of their politics, Liberal activists targeted selected Conservative leaders for alleged hypocrisy. In some cases, the accusations were valid, and were most effective when a selected "right-wing" politician was involved in a sex scandal. One problem for the Left, however, was that for every real scandal involving a Conservative, at least as many Liberal politicians were similarly involved. A further problem for the Left, was that the so-called "Family Values" which they mocked were in many cases not what leading Conservatives built their platforms upon. While Republicans have done a dismal job in the past decade of identifying their goals and making their arguments to build voter support, Conservatives have clear values that have been around for a generation, and if only a leading politician would embrace them as fully as Ronald Reagan did, the political landscape of the United States could heal in an amazingly short time. Certainly the record of the Obama/Reid/Pelosi junta thus far has left people hungry for real leadership.

In the blogosphere, Liberal/Progressive activists react shrilly to criticism of their hypocrisy, by trying to paint Conservatives in perjorative colors and demanding that Conservatives live by Liberal standards of conduct. To some degree, I suspect this comes from a subconscious aversion by Liberals to facing what Conservatives really believe.

I would submit that the following ideals are true Conservative values:

1. The Constitution of the United States exists to restrain government, not the people. The rights of the people do not depend on government to exist.

2. Taxes are necessary, but should be limited as much as possible, due to the fact that taxation inevitably lowers productivity and economic effectiveness, and therefore is a hindrance to individual accomplishment.

3. Only American citizens enjoy the full protections of American law. And anyone who denies citizenship of any specific nation has abandoned his rights to protection under the law.

4. Elections are more valid than the ruling from any single judge.

5. No sub-group of Americans have any rights which are not rights of all Americans. The law applies to all, or to none.

6. No kings here; Presidential Proclamations may be used for genuine crisis and emergency, but not in place of legislation and never in defiance of the Constitution.

7. Once our military is committed to a war, the nation is committed to victory and the full support of the mission.


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HereHere!Though I ... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

HereHere!

Though I always thought of it the other way around. They origionally called themselves Progressive but had to distance themselves from that term and Hijacked the term Liberal, which was classically held by Libertarians.

Have you seen the 10 for 10 at Laura Ingrahm?

Well stated Mr. Drummond.</... (Below threshold)
Brooklyn:

Well stated Mr. Drummond.

Good to see you writing away still after all this time.

There is a few more aspects which has increased the level of the 'progressive' slander.

These fake liberals, who want to be now called 'progressives' are merely Democratic Partisans.

Their insecurity grew after the vivid failure of communism, the weakness of socialism was truly revealed, the overt disaster of Mr. Carter, the enormous success of Mr. Reagan, encountering the gross negligence of the Clinton folly, etc.

The denial of so much, the embarrassment, has created even more tunnel vision, and the Partisan hatred has grown - peddled, without much consideration for sound policy.

Unfortunately, with the overt manipulation of the Partisans controlling most of the TV, FILM, PRINT, MUSIC, etc., in the USA, we have watched this growing hatred for the alternative of the DNC disaster, be promoted as fashion.

Conservatives have failed as well, not doing enough to challenge the ugly nature of the Democratic Partisans.

The last 8 years of slander of the Bush Administration was simply so overt, it should not have been accepted by any American.

Conservatives failed a great deal, for the Bush Administration had so many positives, and the overt bias simply censored most of the sound efforts.

Many suggest the current ugly offering of the Obama Administration is 'Chicago Styled Politics', but in reality, we know this is standard Democratic Partisan garbage.

Have Americans already forgotten the Clinton War room?

DJYou use the righ... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

DJ

You use the rights quite a bit in this piece. Could you tell me what you think a right is? Not a list of the rights you think you are entitled to exercise. But a definition of what a right is. In a state of nature every person is responsible for their own survival. Where do rights come to play at all? I would submit that without a governing institution and the enforcement of laws, "right" is the power to do what you want.

So only a true conservative would adhere to your 7 values. Implying that if you don't you are not a true conservative and should not call yourself one or risk being hypocritical. Do you not see that you have given yourself an out? I can just as easily say that any liberal that does not follow my standards is not a true liberal and therefore your criticism of them as a liberal hypocrite is not valid because they are not real liberals anyway.

As to #7 I would really be interested in your view on the war in Cosivo. I can point to numerous examples of conservative's negative commentary. Oh yeah, none of them are real conservatives.

WorldCitizen: "You use ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

WorldCitizen: "You use the rights quite a bit in this piece. Could you tell me what you think a right is?"

The article is self-evident in that regard.

WC: "In a state of nature every person is responsible for their own survival."

I disagree. Most parents, of whatever species, have a biological imperative to protect their children, for example.

WC: "Where do rights come to play at all? I would submit that without a governing institution and the enforcement of laws, "right" is the power to do what you want."

No, you are confusing physical ability with moral authority. Every successful human civilzation includes ethics of some sort. Rights establish boundaries, beyond which an action renders a person 'inhuman' by definition of the community.

"So only a true conservative would adhere to your 7 values."

You have difficulty paying attention. I wrote about the values of Conservatives. Not the conditions you would impose on them to suit your politics, but the values that define a Conservative. By definition, these rules are the standard by which American Conservatives define their politics.

WC: "Do you not see that you have given yourself an out? I can just as easily say that any liberal that does not follow my standards is not a true liberal and therefore your criticism of them as a liberal hypocrite is not valid because they are not real liberals anyway."

The difference, WC, is that many Liberals fail to act in alignment with the values they themselves espouse, while Conservatives operate by the precepts I listed.

WC: "As to #7 I would really be interested in your view on the war in Cosivo."

I assume you mean Kosovo, generally regarded as the War in Bosnia? Please state your specific interest, the reason for US intervention, the method of the war's conduct, the US relations viz a viz the UN mandate, or what, precisely?

DJ,You used the te... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

DJ,

You used the term species so I would have to disagree in that there more species of insect than anything and there is no parenting involved. Even granting you the excuse of meaning mammals the period that parent cares for offspring is rather short and when that time period is over it is over. If the parent and offspring find themselves in competition for resources that relationship, except maybe in the case of humans, does not mean anything.

You are miss my point, a state of civilization is not a state of nature. Unless you are arguing that civilization is the natural state of humans. It may be that you agree with Plato and think humans are social animals, but being social and developing a civilization are two different things. Rules of social interaction change over time. A person that kept slaves today would in many paces be considered inhuman and so rights are not universal.

I see that you believe your standards of conservatism are unquestionable. I think both your and my point is that there are people that call themselves liberal or conservative, but do not live up to somebody else's standards. Just as an example, the army person that refused to be deployed because he though Obama was not born in the US. I would bet you he would think of himself as a conservative and yet what about your #7? Yes, there are many would call them self liberal who are hypocritical. I just though that you would be able to admit that there are people that call themselves conservative that are as well. Who is the worst for it?

And again you say that your standards define a conservative. It is also your standards you are using to define a liberal. How about you let me?

#1 All humans are fundamentally equal.

That is it. Just the one. All liberals, and I don't even have to qualify it with "American", operate under this precept and if you don't you are not a liberal.

As for Kosovo, sorry for the misspelling, I would be interested on your view once the US committed troops? Did you tell anyone it was a mistake? Did you say we should not be there? Did you disparage the mission? Or did you throw your full support behind the leader of the US military?

DJ,1. The Constitu... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

DJ,

1. The Constitution of the United States exists to restrain government, not the people. The rights of the people do not depend on government to exist.

You are correct about the US. Constitution. However, the problem is your understanding of rights. You clearly said that rights apply to people living in a civilization which would imply a government.


2. Taxes are necessary, but should be limited as much as possible, due to the fact that taxation inevitably lowers productivity and economic effectiveness, and therefore is a hindrance to individual accomplishment.

I have no problem with this one, but "limited" is vague and provides no practical guidance.

3. Only American citizens enjoy the full protections of American law. And anyone who denies citizenship of any specific nation has abandoned his rights to protection under the law.

There are hundreds, more than likely thousands, of American laws that deal specifically with non-citizens. Those people are protected by the laws that apply to them just like US citizens are protected by the laws that apply to them.

4. Elections are more valid than the ruling from any single judge.

The tyranny of the majority can sometime only be addressed by the courts. That is why the founding fathers made them an equal branch of the US government. We would still have segregation if not for the courts.

5. No sub-group of Americans have any rights which are not rights of all Americans. The law applies to all, or to none.

What about handicapped parking?

6. No kings here; Presidential Proclamations may be used for genuine crisis and emergency, but not in place of legislation and never in defiance of the Constitution.

Agreed. When a president issues a signing statement and basically says that they are not going to follow the law that is a crime.

7. Once our military is committed to a war, the nation is committed to victory and the full support of the mission.

This is a tough one to allow. It seems like you are saying if the country goes to war every conservative should join the military or buy war bonds or plant a victory garden. Which one did you do? War is not always a good thing and since it is a very few people that have the power to get a country involved in a war it is not everyones responsibility to accept it. I think protecting a country against all enemies would be a better standard. Sometimes the enemies are in the government.

world Citizen.1. R... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

world Citizen.

1. Rights come from the creator not government. Since that is the case no government has the right to give or take away your rights.
If a government does seek to take away your freedoms the it is time to overthrow it.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.


4. You better read up on your History. We had segregation BECAUSE of the Supreme Court. The spreading of slavery and the internment of Americans of Japanese descent in WWII.

hcddbz,Your creato... (Below threshold)
WorldCitizen:

hcddbz,

Your creator gave you the right to have a lawyer represent you? Not to incriminate yourself? To bear arms? For soldiers not to be quartered in your home? Etc...

Or are you saying the above list are not rights? If you don't live in the US then these are not rights you might enjoy. Why exactly does your creator differentiate which rights people have based on geography or nationality?

I think your interpretation of court decisions is a little skewed. Just to address your first point. In Plessey vs. Ferguson the court was ruling on legislation that had already been enacted specifically the Morrill Act of 1880. The majority rule of segregation was already in place. And I think you would have applauded the fact that the court did not become "activist" and overturn legislation passed by the majority. It was only after many years that the inequity of the laws made its way into the public consciousness that the separate but equal legislation was overturned by the court.

Conservatives consiter the ... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Conservatives consiter the life of the unborn as more impoertant then a prebbles meadow jumping mouse liberals are opposite they would rather save the mouse and let the kid die

Conservative Values = contr... (Below threshold)
liberal troll:

Conservative Values = contradiction in terms.

1. The Constitution of the United States exists to restrain government, not the people. The rights of the people do not depend on government to exist.

-Like the right to marry whoever you love?

2. Taxes are necessary, but should be limited as much as possible, due to the fact that taxation inevitably lowers productivity and economic effectiveness, and therefore is a hindrance to individual accomplishment.

-Besides, republican presidents can just run up the credit card and trust that the next Democratic president will clean up their mess.

3. Only American citizens enjoy the full protections of American law. And anyone who denies citizenship of any specific nation has abandoned his rights to protection under the law.

- Wrong. All men are created equal. The founders would be ashamed of you.

4. Elections are more valid than the ruling from any single judge.

-But 5 judges can decide who the president is.

5. No sub-group of Americans have any rights which are not rights of all Americans. The law applies to all, or to none.

- Except marriage, of course.

6. No kings here; Presidential Proclamations may be used for genuine crisis and emergency, but not in place of legislation and never in defiance of the Constitution.

- Unless you call them "signing statements." And are republican.

7. Once our military is committed to a war, the nation is committed to victory and the full support of the mission.

- As long as a republican is in office.

The funniest part is that you actually believe your own BS.

"1. The Constitution of the... (Below threshold)
jim x:

"1. The Constitution of the United States exists to restrain government, not the people. The rights of the people do not depend on government to exist."

Unless Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush or George Bush are president.

"2. Taxes are necessary, but should be limited as much as possible, due to the fact that taxation inevitably lowers productivity and economic effectiveness, and therefore is a hindrance to individual accomplishment."

Unless Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, or George H.W. Bush are president.

"3. Only American citizens enjoy the full protections of American law. And anyone who denies citizenship of any specific nation has abandoned his rights to protection under the law."

Unless a photogenic Cuban child named Elian Gonzalez is involved, in a swing state that may depends on the Cuban emigre vote.

"4. Elections are more valid than the ruling from any single judge."

Unless it's Bush v. Gore.

"5. No sub-group of Americans have any rights which are not rights of all Americans. The law applies to all, or to none."

Unless it's someone who's been stuffed in a whole without being formally charged because someone says they may be a terrorist.

"6. No kings here; Presidential Proclamations may be used for genuine crisis and emergency, but not in place of legislation and never in defiance of the Constitution."

Genuine crisis is defined by conservatives of course, and just happens to coincide with a Republican President. See George W. Bush.

"7. Once our military is committed to a war, the nation is committed to victory and the full support of the mission. "

Unless it's President Clinton in the Balkans, or President Obama now.




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