Every day I hear or read that candidate X, whilst soliciting for my vote and to contribute to their campaign, that they are a true conservative. What does this mean? Are they fiscally conservative or socially conservative, or both? Now another question is what is Conservatism? One definition, from the Collins English Dictionary is: Conservatism (kənˈsɜːvəˌtɪzəm) n 1. opposition to change and innovation. 2. a political philosophy advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change.
Let’s look at the founding fathers and if they were conservative. Were they in opposition to change and innovation? Were they advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change? I would say not. Do you know that only around 1/3 of colonists were supportive of the revolution? Another third was loyal to the King and the middle did not support either side. So the founders of this nation were not really conservative but progressives and radicals. The Constitution (not the amendments) is the basic foundation of how this new government is to run. It did nothing to protect the people from governmental intrusion or becoming another oppressor. From the National Archives:
“During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government. Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution. They demanded a “bill of rights” that would spell out the immunities of individual citizens. Several state conventions in their formal ratification of the Constitution asked for such amendments; others ratified the Constitution with the understanding that the amendments would be offered.
On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States therefore proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution that met arguments most frequently advanced against it. The first two proposed amendments, which concerned the number of constituents for each Representative and the compensation of Congressmen, were not ratified. Articles 3 to 12, however, ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”
Now in this new America pre Constitution, were religious freedoms the norm? No, there were instances where Catholics and Jews were killed for their beliefs. They were forbidden to live in many communities. Most communities and states attempted to enforce strict religious observance. Laws mandated that everyone attend a house of worship and pay taxes that funded the salaries of ministers. Eight of the thirteen British colonies had official, or “established,” churches, and in those colonies dissenters who sought to practice or proselytize a different version of Christianity or a non-Christian faith were sometimes persecuted. Virginia imposed laws obliging all to attend Anglican public worship. Indeed, to any eighteenth century observer, the “legal and social dominance of the Church of England was unmistakable.”After 1750, as Baptist ranks swelled in that colony, the colonial Anglican elite responded to their presence with force. Baptist preachers were frequently arrested. Mobs physically attacked members of the sect, breaking up prayer meetings and sometimes beating participants.
So the norm in many States and communities was not for liberty and freedom but control and forced behavior. The “Bill of Rights” in order to prevent misconception or abuse of its powers had to limit the government from becoming an oppressor and autocracy over the people. The very first Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” This is not at all conservative but progressive and liberal in granting the people protections from any government to inhibit their freedoms of choice.
So in reality traditional values have changed and are ever changing. We can never legislate how people decide to live their lives. Being homosexual is each person’s predilection. Sexual preference and personal morality are not things we should legislate. The government can never legislate how people live or whom they live with. Just look at the fornication and adultery laws. Did the laws against these practices prevent the actions? Did laws on abortion stop the back alley abortions?
Politicians are playing word games by throwing the terms such as, true conservative and traditional values to get votes. Do they really know the meanings?
We as educated people need to really see behind the smoke and mirrors, pull the curtain back and see what is really going on. Who is paying for a “true conservative” How many special interest groups are paying for their loyalty? Just ask yourself why a medical insurance group donates thousands of dollars to your candidate? Do you think it is because they care or is it because they want them to lean towards their views? Do you believe most politicians write their own bills or do you see special interest groups writing it for them and getting them to submit it? I suggest we all take a look at where the money comes from for people running for elected office. You can find the allot here for the federal positions using the tools on http://sunlightfoundation.com/tools/
I also suggest looking at http://openstates.org/ for your State. You should be able to get the information about government that you want and maybe even discover something unexpected.
Here are a few that have donated to Conservative candidates. Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers PAC, Asian American Hotel Owner Association PAC, AFLAC Incorporated PAC, Dyncorp International LLC PAC (DIPAC) (Gov contractor), Lockheed Martin Employees PAC(Gov contractor) and so many more.
Ever wonder why government contractors and insurance companies donate to “true conservative and traditional values”? Do you think these companies are going to give away their cash for nothing in return? Remember that most people now know that politicians will say anything to gain favor. But who do they represent, you the people or the special interest groups that support their election? I was told awhile back the people want to hear what a politician is going to do even if they know once elected they have no power to do or intend to do anything. Politicians do as they are told by their party or who paid the most to their campaign funds. Most politicians have their loyalty to the special interest groups or the party. When was the last time your elected official asked for your opinion on a bill before it was voted on? They may tell you afterward why they voted in a way to convenience you it was the right way or the best for you. Is it really or was it best for another? Be informed of what is going on. Ask the hard questions and tell them your opinions on today’s issues. Whether you voted for them or not, they represent you and not the special interest groups or lobbyists.
Remember that the Whig Party of Georgia does not accept funds from any special interest groups. We do not owe anyone but the people of Georgia loyalty, Honesty and Integrity in actions and deeds. These principles are the true traditional values we should be holding our representatives to advocate. Think of these words, written a long time ago and see if today we are living up to them.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
There are options.