And this is particularly important because the path to success rarely comes through government. Because it provides the best framework yet constructed to provide citizens with the sustainable freedom that is necessary for progress and prosperity. The labels we apply to modern politics allow statist establishment types to divide us when you think about it. But what we have now is just a bunch of politically expedient, cronyism and agenda pushing with no guiding principles. At that point in my life I realized that my house was not just higher up on the hill for no reason, my political views were completely different from the people that lived just below me. Freedom can only exist in states and nations where self-reliance and responsibility are taken on by individuals.
A very good example of the difference between Conservatives and Liberals is provided by their views on the right to gun ownership in the United States. Health care and entitlement spending, on the other hand, require us to balance fiscal concerns with moral ones in a far more complicated analysis. This was revolutionary, radical, extremist thought for its time. I will miss that aspect of your contributions. Most especially, I appreciated your plea for using civil conversation to learn from each other.
I am a conservative because I believe in a small efficient government not a large and ever intrusive government. That is the very crux of this matter, and as a military veteran, I see it my duty to defend our Constitution from such political machinations. Public agencies are unlike commercial companies in their capacity to coerce and their position as monopolists. The attributes of sports are analogous to the values of conservatism on many levels. Do these words have real meaning? If you love place, limits, liberty, and think they are words that have meaning, you are probably conservative, and should honor that word also. Libertarians are the only true liberals left in this world.
They borrowed some of their critique of capitalism from Marx. Today I will explain how political science class has influenced my political ideology. The wheels of history turn very slowly, but they do grind civilizations that don't pay attention to their lessons into a very bloody pulp. I understand why conservatives like Hayek. I believe inherited wisdom is preserved in systems we can't get our head around, which Hayek agreed with.
When trying to figure out who you are you have to look on a scale larger then yourself. Now, I would be the first to admit that, in American political theory, not all who are called liberals are Marxists, but I would add that if they are not, they have failed to take liberalism to its fair and necessary conclusion. Look, the last millennium has been mayhem and killing outside of political systems that recognize humanity for what it is. The besmirching and abuse of your word has been as destructive as anything done to the L word. Trickle down economics aren't bad in theory. The words do not control our destiny, our decisions, or our thoughts.
Evidence once again that social class and education had an influence on a person's views. I try to have a coherent set of principles, but I am not a deep philosophical thinker and I am out of my depth in discussions with those who are. In the actual sense, it is normally the recognition of these principles that paves the way for the coexistence of distinct sets of values which allows the building of a peaceful society alongside a minimum force. Conservatives believe in working hard and being competitive in the market place. In my last paper I stated my feelings about the tax issues all Americans face day to day.
So I feel the best vehicle for articulating that thought is through the metaphor of sports. How about Oprah Winfrey, Daymond John, Sara Blakely, Ursula Burns, Michael Oher, George Lopez and countless others. The third reason concerns the political survival of modern Western conservatives. If you're a Christian, you're against killing babies and against gay marriage and you support Christianity. Palin is indeed guilty of having Reagan as a hero which, as I implied earlier, is at least questionable as a conservative credential.
James where would you go? I swore an oath to protect the Constitution from enemies, foreign and domestic. I probably disagree with you on some of the answers to these questions, but we both agree that there should be a polity, and that it has a role to play in our civil lives. I pump my arms faster and faster till I can feel them no longer. Consider, in the Revolutionary war, we fought against the same ideas that these progressives are pushing today. I deal in rationality and data. There is no indication that the two are coordinating their actions.
It is not conservative to think that education, equality, democracy, or freedom cause progress. Intellectual humility truly is called for on both sides of our political spectrum. What we may be experiencing is that it is easier to suffer actual fools when they are in front of you than it is to suffer the foolishness that is the internet. Many conservatives, like myself, will fight them tooth and nail in order to stop them in their tracks. Even while we are welding it, the social mass laminates.