You Are A Conservative If…
You are a conservative if:
- Just take a scenic drive
- Keep water skiing
- Use your quad
- Keep you pickup for work
- Use your snowmobile
- Keep using the family dune buggy
- Afford a vacation
- Watch NASCAR racing
- Enjoy drag racing
I could go on, but you get the idea. If you want to keep something, you want to “conserve” it. To conserve is “to keep in a safe or sound state;” Webster says. Conservatives are not just those who are pro-life, support the death penalty, and oppose gay marriage, but that’s the conclusion you could reach by listening to those who want to divide us so they conquer. Conservatives are those who believe in free speech, freedom of religion, freedom from unreasonable searches, no criminal charges without Grand Juries, separation of powers in the federal government, civilian control of the military, a republican form of government, keeping the river and the air clean…we are all conservatives!
It is politicians and so-called ‘interest groups’ who profit by putting us into categories like “conservative” or “liberal.” It helps them create constituencies, demonize others, raise money, get elected, stay elected, and institute their agenda. Politicians of every stripe, and fund raisers on every side do this.
My appeal to you is: get beyond the stereotype; refuse to permit others to categorize you; and quit defining yourself by the general category of “conservative” or “liberal.”
All of us are willing to give up some things, and unwilling to give up others. We are all willing to trade some things we hold for other things we do not. Before you permit yourself to be captured by those who want to use you, always define what you what you want to keep, and define what you are willing to give away. You cannot define yourself as a conservative – only as wanting to “conserve” certain things. Likewise, you cannot define yourself as a liberal - only as willing to give away, or trade, or lose specific things your may never get back in favor of other things.
Some people, of course, are very shortsighted and want something today and are willing to trade something very important for it only to later mourn the loss of what they can never reclaim. Like Esau who was very hungry trading his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentils - the lentil soup seemed more important at the time; but what was lost could never be reclaimed. It was gone forever.
As an exercise, take a bit of time to jot down a list of the things (perhaps some of them mentioned above) that you really want to keep; to conserve. Then think about the things you are willing to lose forever and are willing to have them replaced with something else. My guess is that you will find you want to “conserve” much more about country, government, economics, family, and culture than you previously considered. Let’s keep the right to discuss what we want to keep and what we are willing to give away; that’s a conservative principle. Now you think about that.