“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals — if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”
With so many ideas now condensed into a bumper sticker, it’s no wonder why so many are truly ignorant to basic issues that slap us in the face everyday.
The Citizens United ruling is one of the most profound and most misunderstood of these issues. How many truly know just what that Supreme Court case was all about? A slippery slope of 1st amendment encroachments was put to an end. Liberals cry foul; corporations are not people.
But those who read the court’s opinion realize it was based in sound constitutionalism. Any individual, or group of individuals, can pay to have a movie shown ANYTIME. That is what the ruling was about in a nutshell. Free speech is just that. The chilling effects of McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform were put to death.
Minimum wage laws are the most destructive legislation to minorities and the working poor. Conservatives, economists, democrats and republicans alike know this to be true. Why do these policies still invade our political sphere. Easy; It sounds caring and compassionate. Doesn’t anyone wonder why labor unions promote minimum wage laws. I do. I found out that these laws make it increasingly difficult for low skilled/lower educated workers to get their foot in the door and increase skills to increase their ability to comfortably raise a family. Thus shielding high wage union jobs from competition. (another example of crony capitalism)
Conservatism is the daily study of the effects of policy. Liberalism is a study of polls of their intentions.
I wish elected officials would legislate with their brains and not their hearts.
Brent Ebert: Author