The Effort to Redefine “Conservatism”

reaganAs we enter the fourth month of Barack Hussein Obama’s (mm mmm mmmm) Second Term as President of the United States, I have noticed something that is both puzzling and troubling to me.

Actually, it is something that I noticed starting to gain steam as the Presidential Primaries started kicking into gear: a serious effort to redefine Conservatism to mean “wanting a government which doesn’t blow all my money and leaves me alone, so that I can do what I want do, regardless of how it effects others around me”.

On the internet, these believers express themselves in various terms, which all translate to the same thing: Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal.

Their common goal is a desire to redefine the definition of Conservatism in order to make them feel better about their non-Conservative, and oft times, downright hedonistic,  social ideology.

You’ll find these same individuals on Internet Chat Boards, complaining about how narrow-minded and statist Reagan Conservatives, like myself, are.

And, God help you if you tell them that there is such a thing as morality and ethics. They will tell you that you”re nothing but a busybody who wants to meddle in people’s private lives  and take away their “freedom”.

They insist that the only way for the Republicans to win anything at all in 2014 and 2016, is to forget the antiquated ideology of Reagan (Social) Conservatism.

You know, that whole God and Country Bit that I always talk about.

Evidently,to these folks, good, old-fashioned American Faith, Values, and Ethics are just that…old-fashioned.

That’s funny. Down here in Mississippi, that is how we live our lives. We love God. We love our country. We love our family and friends…and, we look out for one another.

Mississippi is not the only state like that. All the states in the Heartland of America, share the same Classic American Values and Beliefs

That’s why the President is still out campaigning. He can’t overcome them.

Look at how all of the National Issues which he and all of his ideological forces have been so feverishly trying to ram down our throats, homosexual marriage, amnesty for illegal immigrants, the legalization of marijuana, and gun confiscation, have stalled.

No matter how much Progressive Propaganda is unleashed upon the American Citizenry, Conservatives in America’s Heartland are standing firm, solid in their beliefs, still “bitterly clinging to their Bibles and guns”.

No matter how many rigged polls  and slanted news stories are thrown at us, we will not be moved.

Concerning those who believe that being a Conservative only hinges on your Fiscal Ideology…

J. Matt Barber wrote in the Washington Times that

Ronald Reagan often spoke of a “three-legged stool” that undergirds true conservatism. The legs are represented by a strong defense, strong free-market economic policies and strong social values. For the stool to remain upright, it must be supported by all three legs. If you snap off even one leg, the stool collapses under its own weight.

A Republican, for instance, who is conservative on social and national defense issues but liberal on fiscal issues is not a Reagan conservative. He is a quasi-conservative socialist.

A Republican who is conservative on fiscal and social issues, but liberal on national defense issues is not a Reagan conservative. He is a quasi-conservative dove.

By the same token, a Republican who is conservative on fiscal and national defense issues but liberal on social issues – such as abortion, so-called gay rights or the Second Amendment – is not a Reagan conservative. He is a socio-liberal libertarian.

Put another way: A Republican who is one part William F. Buckley Jr., one part Oliver North and one part Rachel Maddow is no true conservative. He is – well, I’m not exactly sure what he is, but it ain’t pretty.

At the Forth Annual Conservative Political Action Committee Convention in 1977, Ronald Reagan said,

The principles of conservatism are sound because they are based on what men and women have discovered through experience in not just one generation or a dozen, but in all the combined experience of mankind. When we conservatives say that we know something about political affairs, and that we know can be stated as principles, we are saying that the principles we hold dear are those that have been found, through experience, to be ultimately beneficial for individuals, for families, for communities and for nations — found through the often bitter testing of pain, or sacrifice and sorrow.

One thing that must be made clear in post-Watergate is this: The American new conservative majority we represent is not based on abstract theorizing of the kind that turns off the American people, but on common sense, intelligence, reason, hard work, faith in God, and the guts to say: “Yes, there are things we do strongly believe in, that we are willing to live for, and yes, if necessary, to die for.” That is not “ideological purity.” It is simply what built this country and kept it great.

So, if your stated political ideology is one of those listed above, by not differing from them in your Social Ideology, and fighting against Reagan Conservatives, in your own Party, like me, which you have so derisively named “True Conservatives”, aren’t you being unwitting dupes for the Progressives?

Even the Progressives claim to be “Fiscally Responsible”.

Not to be rude, but, a one-legged stool is awfully hard to stand on.

Until He Comes,



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5 Responses to “The Effort to Redefine “Conservatism””

  1. Axe Says:

    Well, nothing here that’s going to cause steam to blow out of anyone’s ears or anything. 🙂

  2. Darwin Says:

    Good article, KJ.

  3. spayandneuterallleftists Says:

    Very good column kingjester. Whenever I read anything written by self-declared “fiscal only conservatives” a few thoughts come to mind immediately. First, the person is probably an athiest who wants the government out of his/her wallet, & doesn’t give a damn about anything BUT his/her money. Money is this person’s god (small “g”). God doesn’t exist to this person & the thought God may exist scares the spit out of them! Second, the person is actually a liberal who loves his money & doesn’t want to part with it. They love liberal policies EXCEPT those which confiscate their money through governmental power. They work to help nominate & elect RINOs (liberal Republicans) & bash any conservative (politicians & voters) who embraces social & fiscal policies & believe God plays a role in the well-being of the nation. And third, as much as they describe themselves as “true conservatives” who care about the fiscal well-being of the country & The Constitution & want nothing to do with anything that goes on in anyone’s bedroom, they are anything BUT conservative. It is the left who is legislating “morality” through government and/or judicial fiat, not the right. Those who embrace fiscal conservative policies only are not conservative. Fiscal isuues & social issues in ANY country affect each other. Legislated morality requires big government & big government requires huge amounts of governmental spending (see current administration). No one grows government in this country more than the left (this includes Democrats AND left leaning RINO Republicans…ahem, paging Tokyo Rove & his RINOs!).
    Social issues matter! God will not bless a nation which is morally adrift! The Republican Party can try to redefine conservatism all it wants. It won’t change the fact that the roof eventually caves in on ANY nation that turns it’s back on God, our creator & sustainer. God gave us commandments & warnings in The Bible for several reasons. One was & is for guidance. If there’s ANYTHING this country, it’s people, & it’s government need NOW, it’s God’s hand of guidance! As a now former registered Republican voter all I can say is “have at it!” to the GOP in it’s efforts to drive conservatives like myself who believe in all three legs of conservatism out of the party & depend on RINOs & so-called independents & libertarians to defeat the left in election after election. There’s only one problem with that strategy. All three of those voting blocs go for the leftist Democrat in election after election, because they actually prefer liberalism AND they buy the garbage the media sells them. To the liberal GOP I have one last statement, “say hi the The Whigs for me, when you join them!”

  4. Gohawgs Says:

    “unwitting dupes for the Progressives?” aka useful idiots…

    Fiscally conservative but socially liberal used to be how dems were described back in the 50’s up until the early 70’s…

  5. yoda Says:

    I’m still looking for a Reagan to step up to get us out of this mess.

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