Conservative values include:I completely agree, although I am not sure that those values are inherently "conservative." Conservatism is a process, not a set of values. I approach the possibility of change very slowly and judiciously, therefore I am a conservative (see Edmund Burke). A liberal is more optimistic about the possibility of change. Conservatives want to conserve the foundation, liberals want to change the status quo. Our society is benefited when we have two parties that coherently represent these two sides of the coin. Unfortunately, we have a credible party representing the gas pedal, but not a credible party representing the brakes.
- placing ideas and principles above personal desire, weaknesses, fears and regrets
- a never-ending quest for the truth, despite obstacles based on emotion and personal experience, and spreading such truths for the benefit of all
However, I want to make a larger point regarding Lionhead's comments. Can the Talk Radio-fueled Conservative Movement of the past three years be said to place ideas above fears and to seek truth despite obstacles based on emotion and personal experience? I would argue that that does not describe them at all. Let me list a few examples.
Things that the Tea Party believes that isn't true:
1. That Barack Obama is a Muslim Socialist that wants to destroy our country.
2. That the recession was caused by government spending and, therefore, could be fixed with massive cuts in spending (this conflicts with Macroeconomics 101).
3. That Obamacare is socialized medicine and that Republicans didn't support an individual mandate for the past two decades (see Heritage Foundation circa 1993).
4. That taxes are way too high (they are actually at their lowest levels since the 1950s) and that Barack Obama raised our taxes (he has not, to date).
5. That conserving the earth through clean energy policies is not conservative.
6. That Obama has put thousands of lazy
7. That it is possible to balance the budget by increasing Defense spending, cutting taxes for the richest, and making significant non-mandatory spending cuts. Also, that any kind of tax increase for the rich will wreck the economy.
8. That a long fence will stop illegal immigrants from entering the country (and don't worry about the cost).
9. That Obama is a hapless imposter dependent on a teleprompter and that the way to beat him is to send a nominee that appeals to a narrow portion of the American public.
10. That the media, liberals, Muslims, the establishment, intellectuals, immigrants and other assorted bogeymen are conspiring to destroy white working class and Christian culture.
I stand with Lionhead in the quest for truth. I hope he stands with me. We can't approach public policy discussions in a methodically and judicious way if we don't even understand the world around us.