Conservative principles – they’re inherent in most Americans


First, a political full disclosure: I am a proud conservative.

The following essay is based on my own personal beliefs and obviously, it’s not necessary for everyone to agree on all of the points in order to be considered a conservative, but I believe that most conservatives will agree on most points.

Practically all of my family members are also conservative. We weren’t indoctrinated in school, we didn’t study scholarly texts to decide that we were conservative; we didn’t automatically follow a path set out for us by a preacher, some political operative, our parents, or anyone else.

We are all thinking individuals who’ve arrived at our beliefs based on our own personal life experiences and what we view as being right or wrong. We have an enduring moral order: a sense of right and wrong, and personal convictions about justice and honor.

We believe that our Constitution has been the blueprint for what has made this country great (and it has been great) and that it remains the supreme law of the United States. We believe in the rule of law and a president who exhibits a disdain for our constitution is wrong, wrong, wrong. If anyone should honor the Constitution, it surely ought to be our president.

We welcome and celebrate legal immigrants, but at the same time, we believe that one of the responsibilities assigned to our federal government is to secure our borders from illegal entrants. To ignore that responsibility is wrong, wrong, wrong.

We believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. Not necessarily for religious reasons, but simply because natural procreation requires it. Nothing is more natural than the design of our bodies in order to continue the human race. It doesn’t matter whether you believe our bodies were designed that way by God, Mother Nature, or evolution, it is inescapable that men and women were designed to be together. If everyone was gay, there wouldn’t be any everyone.

We conservatives (for the most part) don’t have problems with two men or two women enjoying many of the benefits of a married couple (health benefits, legal considerations, etc.), but to equate a same-sex union to a man-woman marriage is wrong. They are not and cannot be equivalent.

We are conservative because we believe deep in our hearts (and consciousness) that killing babies in the womb is wrong. The opposition argues that it should be a “woman’s right to choose.” Choosing the death of a child is not something that any woman should be proud of – not when so many “choices” were available before birth. A woman has the right not to have unprotected sex, she has the ability to use all sorts of birth control, and now we even have an after-the-fact pill. So why is it necessary to murder an unborn child to satisfy a selfish desire to avoid inconvenience?

We believe in helping those who through no fault of their own have fallen on bad times, and that includes medical care and financial aid until he/she is back on their feet. We don’t believe in paying able-bodied people to avoid work and remain unproductive. It’s a matter of simple economics. We can’t afford it and it’s unfair to those working people who are footing the bill.

We believe that government works best when it’s closest to the people. A federal government is like a cancerous growth that continues to grow and be self-sustaining unless stopped by the people. In particular, health care and education are best administered at a local or state level, the federal government has a dismal record of success in every endeavor that it has taken over – health care and education are just two examples.

We believe that our United States should be as self-sufficient as possible. We have the natural resources to be self-sufficient and artificially restraining our capabilities for political purposes is wrong and self-destructive. Dependence on foreign oil is just one example. I remember the oil embargo of 1973-74 and that pointed out (painfully) what happens when a foreign government stops providing oil to the U.S. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to be dependent on anyone else (especially governments that are not our friends).

We believe in a strong defense. Very much like ordinary day-to-day crime, most crimes against people are committed because a victim is seen as weak and unable to defend against a mugging, a car-jacking, or a home invasion. When a criminal recognizes that a targeted victim has the ability to fight back, the criminal will usually find another (weaker) victim. And so it is with a country. When our armed forces are viewed as impotent, we’ll be seen as ripe for takeover – and we are moving in that direction.

We believe that reducing taxes provides the environment for new small business to flourish, and that’s where most jobs are created. The economy flourishes when business has the funds to expand and hire and when citizens have the funds to buy products – it’s a symbiotic circle.

There a lot of other conservative principles that could be listed here, but I’ve gone on long enough. It’s time to remind everyone of our conservative icon, Ronald Reagan and the values that he professed. It was successful then, and I believe that it can be successful in 2016.

Reagan’s success was in reminding the American people of their (sometimes subconscious) conservative principles – he didn’t create them, he didn’t teach them, he just reminded us that a majority of Americans agree on so many aspects of a conservative agenda.

Here are Reagan’s eleven principles:

Freedom • Faith • Family • Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life • American Exceptionalism • The Founders’ Wisdom and Vision • Lower Taxes • Limited Government • Peace Through Strength • Anti-Communism • Belief in the Individual

Optimism was Reagan’s most distinguishing characteristic and it was catching. Compare the country’s pessimistic vision of our future today to the optimism that pervaded the country during Reagan’s presidency.

Here’s an interesting exercise: look back at Reagan’s principles and rate Barack Obama on each one of them.

Barack doesn’t come off well, does he? If anything, he is the anti-Reagan.


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15 Responses to Conservative principles – they’re inherent in most Americans

  1. Uriel says:

    Excellent piece Garnet. Add my name to your list!

  2. Hardnox says:

    Excellent essay Garnet. Take a bow.

    In my own experience Conservatism is inherent in most people if we bother to engage them. They simply don’t know what Conservatism is. They only believe it’s bad because the media and the talking heads say it’s bad. I often ask people about the values you pointed out above and most all agree 100% with these principles, then I reach out my hand and congratulate them on being Conservative. Without exception they always say “I didn’t know I was Conservative”.

    I am 100% convinced that a Conservative candidate can win any political office if allowed an opportunity to make their case. Too often they are vilified by the lefty media or their message is never heard.

    • Garnet92 says:

      This is exactly why I’ve come to believe that Cruz DOES have a chance. He is an individual who can educate people and help them recognize that, under all of the labels and rhetoric, they also want many of the same things as Cruz. His big advantage is that he has the ability to spread the conservative message. His disadvantage is that between the RINOs, the democrats, and the media, it’s going to be difficult – but not impossible.

      Even if they had been truly conservative, Dole, McCain, and Romney didn’t have the oratory “chops” to get the message across, Cruz does.

  3. captbogus2 says:

    Excellent, Garnet.
    By the way, the following might give heart to folks who want a conservative for POTUS.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Thanks capt, I did watch that and what he did there is what he needs to do everywhere and I believe that more and more people will grasp the logic of what he’s saying and join the parade.

    • Kathy says:

      Cap, I just read the piece you linked to and wow. Maybe there is still a shred of hope left for this country. Of course, not all 80 million of the millennials will agree with the author but more of them will by the time the election rolls around. Assuming the muzzie dictator currently in charge doesn’t mess that up too.

  4. Foreston says:

    Beautifully expressed, Garnet. One to send around to everyone we know and some we don’t know! Thank you

  5. Kathy says:

    Great piece, Garnet and I’m right there with you. I’ve always maintained that presentation is key, and our problem is not so much what we stand for but how we present ourselves and our values.

    Somewhere along the line we let the dems put us on the defensive so we’re constantly arguing their fight instead of stating the case for our side.

    Conservatives everywhere need to state our principles as you have and stop getting pulled into their arguments. If we did that better and more often, more people would realize they’re conservatives at heart too.

    • Garnet92 says:

      All true statements Kathy. As I said to ‘Nox, in the past, Dole, McCain and Romney didn’t try to enlighten those who didn’t consider themselves to be conservatives, but even if they’d tried, they didn’t have the ability to present our message the way that Cruz does – I believe that he will convince many that even though they may not call themselves “conservative,” they hold conservative values and are more closely aligned with Cruz than with Jeb or Hillary.

  6. CW says:

    This is nicely done as always, Garnet; however, this conservative sees things a bit differently with respect to this comment: “We don’t believe in paying able-bodied people to avoid work and remain unproductive. It’s a matter of simple economics.”
    One of my greatest pet peeves is when republicans argue against gov’t-based social programs on the basis that “we can’t afford it.” The logical extension of such an argument is that it’s okay for the gov’t to rob Peter to support Paul as long as Peter can “afford it.” So it’s not simply a matter of economics but it is first and foremost a matter of people’s rights.

    • Garnet92 says:

      That’s not very different CW, the next sentence following “we can’t afford it” is “and it’s unfair to those working people who are footing the bill.” Nevertheless, I get your point.

  7. clyde says:

    Take a bow, brother. Excellent explanation.

  8. Garnet92 says:

    Thank you Mr. Clyde.