Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Conservatism Matters

Photo courtsey of Opus #6

After the election of President Obama many cheered and jeered that conservatism was all but dead. James Carville went as far as to write a book about the next forty years of progressive rule. Oh, what a difference a year can make. The progressive trifecta of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi took care of that.

Just as conservatives feared they over-reached. They mistakenly assumed that the election of Obama and the majorities in Congress was a mandate to push this country further left than ever before. They believed that progressivism reigned supreme. They forget one little detail; this is a center-right country. The growth of the tea party shows that. In one left leaning poll the results were that approval of the tea party grew 8 points in one month. With all the marginalization and demonization of the movement from the lame stream media, that is quite an accomplishment. The tea parties are becoming more organized and larger by the month.

We are rallying not against a black president; we are rallying for the prosperity that this country has been known for around the world. You can fulfill the dream in this country. In many other countries around the world a caste system still exists to a degree. But in America the dream for a better life for your children is attainable.

The conservatives are not interested in guaranteeing it to anyone, but they are not bound and determined to stand in the way of it either. Conservatism matters because we don’t want our children to feel entitled to another’s vision of that dream. We want every individual to find their own unique version of that dream for themselves. For some that could mean just seeing the first member of the family to graduate college, for others it is being the CEO of a large corporation. For many it is finding a person to truly love and grow old with. Every individual has the right to define that dream for themselves. The government needs not be involved.

Conservatism matters because of people like Bertha Lewis; the head of ACORN who has publically says that home ownership is a right. There is no such right in our constitution. Some people simply cannot afford to own a home. We have done no favors to the people who couldn’t afford to pay back those mortgages; they now have no place to live and have to deal with a forclosure on their credit ratings for the next ten years. We have hurt them much more than we helped them.

Conservatism matters because we want every child in this country to get a good education. If a teacher or an entire school system is failing, then the parent of that child should have options to give their child a good education. A good education is the one of the keys of succeeding in life. We cannot simply keep throwing good money after bad into failing school systems and getting no better results. One needs to look no further than DC and Chicago. The two public school systems that spend the most money per student, yet are still failing way behind on not only graduation rates, but also on testing scores. We have very little to show for spending those precious tax payer resources. In DC some of the private schools are actually less expensive than the public schools; which cost almost $15,000/student. Let the parents make the choice for a better education for their child.

Conservatism matters because we should be judging people on the content of their character and their god given skills, not on the color of their skin or ethnicity. Fireman in New Haven, CT should not be denied a promotion they fairly earned because they are white. Written tests should be administered fairly and allow the chips to fall where they may.

Conservatism matters because parents instead of the safe school czar should be teaching their children about sex. It is not the job of the government to subsidize conferences where fisting exhibitions are given to kids as young as 14. Children should find out sex in their own time and in their own way.

Conservatism matters because all life is sacred; even the woman on a feeding tube. The state should not be making life and death decisions. The state looks at numbers, families look at loved ones. A few more months to a child that is losing a parent means the world to them. Conservatism matters.


Opus #6 said...

Beautifully put. I needed to read this tonight.

Left Coast Rebel said...

Great essay! I totally agree and like Opus, feel better after reading this tonight...

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