As the Republican establishment thrashes and flails around in an effort to give away their positions on key issues in a vain attempt to appeal to “independents” and “moderates” – people who are basically just liberals who are too stupid to know what they are, I thought it appropriate to remind them who conservatives really are.
If we bend on key agenda items like immigration, abortion and taxes, we are no better than Democrats – actually, that would be what we are. The free counsel the left is giving in the afterglow of their win is: “to get more votes, you have to be like us”.
That advice is worth exactly what we are paying for it – nothing.
So time for yet another re-post – this one from June 18 of 2011:
So many of our liberal, leftist, communist, socialist, Marxist and/or “progressive” friends try to cast conservatives as Nazi’s, racists, bigots or use slurs like the term “teabaggers” to define us while obfuscating and blurring the definition of who they are. Obama isn’t a socialist, OMG – he’s not a Marxist or statist – how dare we insinuate that he is anything other than a patriot! Call him a “progressive” and get the same reaction (I refuse to use this term without quotation marks because these folks are 180 degrees opposed to progression, they are regressive), he’s not a “progressive” we are told – some on the left have even called him mainstream or even stretched the level of credulity to call him “conservative” (no less a liberal luminary than Paul Krugman has done this).
Conservatives are actually pretty easy to define.
The Sharon Statement
The following is the first statement of principles of the modern conservative movement, written by former ACU Chairman M. Stanton Evans and adopted in conference at Sharon, Connecticut (at the home of early ACU supporter William F. Buckley Jr.), on September 11, 1960.
In this time of moral and political crises, it is the responsibility of the youth of America to affirm certain eternal truths.
We, as young conservatives, believe:
That foremost among the transcendent values is the individual’s use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;
That liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;
That the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;
That when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty;
That the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power;
That the genius of the Constitution—the division of powers—is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people, in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;
That the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;
That when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation; that when it takes from one man to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;
That we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies;
That the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;
That the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with, this menace; and
That American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?
Pretty clear, isn’t it? If not, the American Conservative Union has more.