Know Your Frequency
Know Your Frequency
The congeniality competition within the Republican ranks and the political hypocrisy from candidates reflects the problems of sincerity and truth in politics today, and how we deal with it reflects our own slipping into hypocrisy ourselves.
There’s just one requisite for being a conservative voter, and that is that you actually are one. Lying or fabricating about being one doesn’t make you one. And, the world seems to be full of those who helpfully want to redefine conservatism.
Well, thanks, but no thanks. The death of conservatism has always been a touching illusion of the left. The canyon between conservatism and Progressivism is vast and wide and having any rational discussion of the merits of big government with one who is blinded with Statist ideology is nonsensical.
But that is not what I am talking about. The political landscape is littered with false choices. Ideological purity is not the same as standing on principle. And, winning at all costs at the expense of principle usually results in not winning at all.
Of course, most people are not one hundred percent one thing. The truth is most people are mixtures of certain philosophies or viewpoints depending on the subject. But they still have a core belief system or unbending principles. Conservatism is a mindset.
Consider this: Jefferson was a Democratic Republican. Adams was a Federalist. Lincoln was a Whig turned Republican. Teddy Roosevelt was Republican turned progressive. Goldwater was a reactionary turned libertarian. Von Mises called himself a liberal. Label-thinking displaces critical thinking.
Many have come to a point in their life where party identification has become far less important to them than Founding Principles. Many have taken to simply calling themselves an American, an Independent or a traditional conservative, instead of the party identification: Republican.
Whatever the label, or self-identification, when it comes to government, there is nothing more compassionate than pure conservatism itself as it allows one to control their lives without interference. As long as the people aspire to live free – conservatism will always have a home. Its called liberty.
Conservatism, of course, is a way of thinking. A governing philosophy, not a political party. It’s about economic freedom, free-flow of markets, limited government, individual liberty, rule of law, national sovereignty, individual and states’ rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights and all of our Constitution, and traditional Judeo-Christian values.
Core conservative values are found in the fundamental tenets of Judeo-Christian tradition and thought: that all individual rights are “natural rights”, in other words, we are born with them. These natural rights are bestowed upon us by God, NOT by government.
If our rights were given to us by the government, then the government could alter them on a whim. Our God-given, natural rights include the right to life, liberty and freedom, and the right to defend ourselves, our homes, and our property. The Founders’ Intent is contained within the US Constitution.
To the Progressive mind, ‘free’ health care and ‘free’ education are ‘collective Rights’. Liberals believe power and income are derived from government, not the individual, ultimately believing justice, not law, is the means of their governance.
Conservatism did not lose the last election in 2008 and 2012, conservatives did. As witnessed in 2010 mid-term elections, conservatism wins. Conservative principles are timeless, and will outlast any politician. The timeless principles of conservatism are right and remain right regardless of those who want to redefine it.
As Rush Limbaugh once told the CPAC crowd:
‘We need no new policy ideas. Conservatism cannot be reshaped or reformed, and those who suggest otherwise must be “stamped out.”’
In other words, true conservatism has unbending principles. Conservatism, when expressed clearly and without apology, is the only ideological choice that recognizes and promotes freedom and liberty for all citizens, not just selected groups. No left turns, there is only one direction.
But, just as good people are leading lives unconnected with their core values, too many conservatives are leading lives unconnected with their core principles. They have abandoned their ‘frequency’ and the basic betrayal of conservative principles by conservatives themselves, for political expediency, illustrates how party lines have become blurred.
Knowing your ‘frequency’ requires you to know what you stand for; your unbending principles; and your core values. Do you have unbending principles? If you don’t, then don’t expect the candidate you voted for to. A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. If you don’t own your own mind, who does?
Conservatism is a set of principles and ideals that are true and timeless in both campaigning and governing. Conservatism is way of thinking that precedes the Republican Party. Values are held accordingly. And, as Limbaugh says: “They don’t float, they don’t bend, they don’t shape.”
Conservatism cannot be redefined to fit the mold of whoever the candidate is. If you review a politicians past history honestly, it is easy to start weeding out certain candidates based on his or her past record and deeds. Conversely, it’s also easy to identify a candidate who shares your core beliefs and has the vision that you expect to cast your vote.
Reagan himself stated that conservatism is a ‘three-legged stool’ comprised of a strong defense, a strong economy and strong social values. Anything short of that and the GOP marginalizes its coalition as it collapses when any of the legs are missing.
A case in point. In the 2008 election, the top three GOP contestants were each emblematic of one of the legs of the stool, and each attempted to shore up their standing with the other two “legs” they lacked:
… Mike Huckabee: Social leg
… John McCain: Defense leg
… Mitt Romney: Economic leg
Of course, any comparison to the above mentioned being a Reagan conservative would be offensive. Reagan conservative voters who spend a lifetime advocating conservative principles only to throw them away to embrace a particular said candidate marginalizes and fractures its base.
As a warrior of truth, at times, it seems too many ‘conservatives’ aspire to a Progressive ‘group-think’ mindset. That is, they emote, like a Progressive. As an example, in one of Ann Coulter’s latest masterpieces, Demonic, Coulter writes: “conservatives don’t hero-worship our candidates.” Really Ann?
Know your frequency.