Redefine Conservatism or Defend Conservatism?

Posted On 12:03 PM by Steve Stevlic |

Conservatism is under assault. There are those that say our philosophy based on freedom, faith, security and the constitution needs to be redefined. There are those who argue that conservatism needs to adapt in order to align more closely with their own beliefs. We have a more important choice this year than which particular presidential candidate we choose. Our choice is this: will we redefine conservatism to meet the political goals of a few, or will we defend conservatism to meet the needs of our nation?

Conservative principles are eternal

Conservative principles are eternal and perfectly capable of addressing the issues of today and the challenges of tomorrow. The first conservative principle is that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. Conservative principles are found in the documents that framed this nation: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. Conservatism is about liberty, freedom, opportunity and individual rights. Issues may change from election to election, but conservative principles will always remain the same. However, some politicians believe conservatism can no longer deal with America’s issues.

Mike Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. “But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.”

Now we have to change the constitution to fit Mike Huckabee’s beliefs? The word of the living God should be something we follow in our individual lives. Governor Huckabee said that Jesus was too smart to become a politician. Well God is too smart to leave his standards up to the federal government.

To those that are searching for a legal framework that meets the word of the living God, one already exists. Hundreds of millions of people around the world believe it meets God’s standards – it’s called Sharia Law.

Reagan Conservatism is Not Dead

Huckabee’s national campaign chairman, Ed Rollins, was the first to declare Reagan conservatism dead: “It’s gone. The breakup of what was the Reagan coalition — social conservatives, defense conservatives, antitax conservatives — it doesn’t mean a whole lot to people anymore. It is a time for a whole new coalition — that is the key.”

I am a Christian, I am pro-life, I am pro-second amendment and I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. I can say without any hesitation that Mike Huckabee is not conservative. Being conservative on some social issues does not allow you to sound and campaign like a Democrat. Depicting fiscal conservatives as "wall street Republicans" who are out of touch and do not understand what people are going through is straight out of the Carter/Mondale/Dukakis Democrat party playbook. Adopting the language of the Democrats can not change Huckabee’s record in Arkansas. Raising taxes is not the equivalent of raising hope. It is the equivalent of reducing freedom.

Ronald Reagan described what is wrong with this type of class warfare from the Democrats, “The Democrats say that the United States has had its days in the sun, that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems, that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities. My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view”

Raising taxes by a net of $500 million is not conservative, bigger government is not conservative, telling people what to eat is not conservative, a national smoking ban is not conservative. The primary responsibility of government is to protect us from our enemies – foreign and domestic. When you make jokes about how little you know about foreign policy you are not prepared to protect us from our enemies abroad. When you provide clemency and commutations to over 1200 criminals, including some murderers and a rapist who has already gone on to take a life, you have not protected us from our enemies at home. He believes the Reagan Coalition is dead for one simple reason - he is not qualified to lead it.

Stop Telling Conservatives They Don’t Know What Conservatism Is

Mike Huckabee and Ed Rollins are welcome to espouse any political views they choose. We can have a serious discussion on what types of solutions we have for the country's problems. Just don’t call these solutions conservative when they are not. Don’t tell conservatives they don’t know what conservatism is anymore because you have different views.

It’s time for Conservatives to stand up. We don’t need lectures about what Conservatism is. We don’t need to re-invent ourselves. We need to remember the words of President Reagan:

“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free -- Ronald Reagan.”
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5 Response to 'Redefine Conservatism or Defend Conservatism?'
  1. Anonymous'> January 16, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Let's see if you're a Bush apologist. What's conservative about:
    1. Dramatically expanding entitlements (Medicare Part D)

    2. Expanding the Federal role in education (NCLB)

    3. Nation building exercises (Iraq/Afghanistan)

    4. Running deficits

    5. Trying to overturn State court decisions (Terry Schiavo case)

    If you answered 'none of the above' then you're probably a real conservative and probably as sick of this administration as I am.


  2. Land of Da Free'> January 16, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    To answer your question, none of those things are conservative. I want conservative principles to be defended and I did not even mention Bush once.


  3. Truth Unites... and Divides'> January 16, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Go Huckabee!

    If not Huckabee, then I'm voting GOP no matter what.


  4. Anonymous'> January 16, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    Ronald Regan, God Rest His Soul, as a governor, increased taxes by $1Billion; as President he tripled the national debt. He gave absolute amnesty to 3 Million criminal aliens, giving birth to the 12 Million illegals plaging us now. Ronald Regan dramatically increased the size of the Federal government. He obviously didn't protect our borders. I guess Iran-Contra was conservatism at its best?

    Regan may well have been one of the top 2 or 3 Presidents in history, but let's not confuse him with a strict conservative.

    It is interesting to me that the pundits are decrying the lack of a pure conservative candidate, but it seems clear that there is no one in politics that fits that mold.

    Unless we want a Socialist, or a Marxist in the White House, we'd better get behind the best available conservative and work hard to get them elected.

    Newnan, GA


  5. calliegal'> January 27, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Fred Thompson is a conservative, and so are some of the rest of us. I will not vote for any of the candidates running, because they are not that different from each other, and I don't trust any of them. Thank God whoever wins is only there for four years! And that's only if they can keep from doing something that will get them impeached.
    So to Land of Da Free, I appreciated your description of what is and what is not conservativism.