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True Conservatism Isn’t Convenient
Posted in Personal by Nathan | April 15 th , 2009
I’ve been watching twitter.com a lot recently… tracking trends.
One of the most interesting is the “TEA Party” movement.
It stands for Taxed Enough Already, or some such. Really, it’s Republicans trying to rally the troops. Newt Gingrich is one of the guys really pushing the rallying cry.
I have one thing to say to TEA Party people… and you’re not going to like it.
Where were you when GW was spending this country into oblivion?
I mean, a TRUE conservative is conservative all the time… no matter what. And a true conservative would be completely OUTRAGED that someone calling themselves conservative was behaving in a liberal way. That’s probably why GW had a 29% approval rating in his last years. Conservatives had finally given up.
But now… the country elects a liberal… and you’re upset enough to rally?
I will admit… I had hope for Obama. Hope that he was a Washington outsider, and would bring real change to this government. But it’s pretty clear… so far… that he’s a party-line Democrat. That can and may change, and I hope it will.
But he’s behaving in the exact way anyone would expect a Liberal to behave… and you rally?
Where were you when the president was a hypocrite? A Liberal in Conservative garb?
It reminds me of the story of the man that rescues a snake from a terrible blizzard. The viper is nearly frozen solid, but the man is able to nurse it back to health. Then one day, for no apparent reason, the deadly snake bites his rescuer whilst being fed.
“Why did you do that? I saved you from the storm!”
“I am, after all… a snake! You are surprised that I bit you? Really?”
Thus it is with Obama. You’re really surprised that he advocates taxing and spending? Really?
This is one of the most Conservative generations in the history of the country, yet we elected a Democrat. I chalk that up to complete generational confusion. They confuse their Liberal social ideals with Democrat liberal social ideals. Freedom is the most important ideal… yet we don’t want to have to pay for everyone else’s freedom. Even if I supported a woman’s right to choose, I shouldn’t be forced to pay for her procedure.
Truly, this generation is Libertarian.
I think we all need to admit it, and embrace it. Conservatism has its greatest future hope in the Libertarian party. Libertarians can’t hide behind causes and excuse spending in the name of anything. They can’t be in favor of taxation nor spending for any reason. That is why the Republican party is completely bereft of a soul. They’ve been able to make excuses for their behavior for social reasons… to repay their election supporters just like the liberals. Republicans and Democrats alike just belly-up to the public trough and hand out the money to those that paid for them to get their position.
Libertarians simply cannot do that.
That is why the Libertarian party has been so weak for so long. They cannot repay their campaign donors.
So that’s really the point I wanted to make… Anyone at a TEA Party should totally rebuke the Republicans and never again give them the time of day. You’re a Libertarian, and you may not even know it yet… But don’t ever let a politician convince you that this or that government program is necessary. Government is there for protection… providing for National Defense… and for regulation of trade between the States. That’s all.
Everything else has to go, and the majority of this generation agrees. Let’s just embrace it and GO!