Conservatism is Hard Work

“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.”

~Ronald Reagan~

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

A Long Train Of Abuses

Author: Brent Ebert

 

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

~Thomas Jefferson~

As Americans stood collectively over their Twitter feeds and Facebook posts this morning, a killing blow to the solar plexus of federalism and individual liberty took place. What this means… the Constitution, our arbiter of freedom, passed away. Liberty and free choice is being eulogized world-wide.

What we must remember is the Supreme Court did not rule that Obamacare is a fundamental “natural” right the founders outlined in the Bill of Rights. What was upheld today was no more than a law. A law that is subject to repeal.

True, I am deeply saddened by this monumental power grab. But, as I can’t help but feel the collective anxiety of America, I’m confident that “We the People” will see past and set out to change this usurpation. Be prepared to see the second largest ground swelling of grassroots patriotism in our history. A revolution, not of guns and powder, but of ballot.

A precious few times in our history have Americans united in a singular goal. I look forward to the fact that my son will be witness to the march of liberty. A true peaceful revolution to reign in government is at hand.

… But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

In Defense of Politics

In this election year cycle, many are grinding their teeth in anger over the daily barrage of politics. Republicans want to kill the elderly, pollute the air and water and make grandma eat cat food. Democrats, on the other hand, want to make all people slaves to the state by running deficits as far as the eye can see. Maybe Aristotle was on to something when he said…

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.

Sorry Mr. Aristotle, I must disagree.

What is politics? It comes from the Greek “politikos”, meaning of, for, or relating to citizens. Or, generally applied to the art or science of running governmental affairs.

Some argue that politics is an exercise in compromise. Our founding fathers did not see it that way when they decided to stop compromising and stand on principle. Shortly after the Revolutionary war they did compromise to draft the Constitution. Politics therefore can be flexible in compromise and rigid in principle.

When a family talks over dinner about where to go this year for vacation:POLITICS

When you defend yourself  to a judge over a speeding ticket: NOT POLITICS

When Congress takes to the floor and gives points and counterpoints to an appropriations bill: POLITICS

What politics really is, is the resolution of conflicts of interest  by discussion and debate rather than by force or even fraud.

So I give you exhibit “A”; politics is a very desirable tool in the workshop we call Democracy.

Author: Brent Ebert