What is it that makes conservatives conservative?
I was reading an interesting article over at Entrepreneur’s Journey this afternoon. Yaro Starak is someone I admire. He is a real Internet success story and has a ton of great ideas about business, entrepreneurship and being successful.
In the post I read today, Yaro said:
“Observe how you feel when you think about writing your blog. Think about the subjects you are covering and what they mean to you and your readers.”
That got me thinking. A flurry of questions raced through my mind…
What animates conservatives?
What exactly am I trying to do with this blog?
Why do some people see such corruption in government and others see such greatness?
What do conservatives really want?
Will the change we want even be noticeable?
Why do we care?
When you – my conservative friends – go to a Tea Party, or call your Congressman, or call a radio talk show, or complain to your husband or wife…what is going through your mind?
Turning the question to myself…why would I take 5 years of my life to write post after post about conservatism?
One thing is for certain, distilling all my thoughts into a single purpose or animating feature is DIFFICULT.
I think the basics are:
Understanding history – Russia under Stalin, Germany under Hitler, China under Mao (and right up until today) are all very real situations. People in CHina are killed or jailed for doing what I do. I believe it could happen here.
My kids – I look at my little kids and wonder what life will be like for them. Will the government make them live in a certain area? Limit what they can buy? Force them into some occupation? Jail them for expression? That scares the hell out of me.
Seeing freeloaders pisses me off - If you’re crippled or retarded, I understand and I’m happy to donate some tax dollars to help you. But when able bodied men and women take food stamps because they are lazy and feel entitled, it makes me furious. What we have is our money being confiscated and given away, in most cases wasted.
Understanding history part 2 – I’ve read all about the founding. Book after book including The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, AJ Languuth’s Patriots: The Men Who Started the Revolutionary War, The Federalist Papers, the Debates on the Constitution and on and on. What I understand is how the country was founded. Then I take the knowledge and bump it up against what I see – GREATNESS. I also see EXCEPTIONALISM. While I understand how we got to be so great, I also see liberal ideology tearing it down.
A general sense of “get out of my life” – At every turn, government is getting in my face. It’s a never ending parade of taxes, regulations, forms, deadlines, rules, stickers, permits, licenses and time-wasting nonsense. It recently took me a day and half of missed work and three trips to the DMV just to get my drivers license renewed.
Scrubbed language – We woke up and realized that we couldn’t talk anymore and it makes us MAD. Retarded, bum, oriental, midget, women’s work, illegal alien, and even Merry Christmas are all off limits. The list is long, but you get the idea. How about we just call it like it is instead of whitewashing life?
I think these are the basics. I think these are the few animating features of us regular people who are standing up shouting, “No More!”
At the end of the day, we don’t want to see the leftist boot on the neck of our children. So we blog, show up at Tea Party events, listen to Mark Levin, call our congressmen, all in an effort to stop the government machine.
At least I think that’s it…
What do you think? Why do you care about this stuff?