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Conservative...The misunderstood.

I could have put this article under "Political", but, in reality, there is nothing political about Conservatism. I have also grown tired of everything in this chaotic world being given a political connotation. The second anyone utters the word "Conservative", a growing majority, especially the Liberal, go into a "knee-jerk" and all but froth at the mouth. It is also becoming a steadfast rule that "Conservative" be immediately applied to Republicans. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Many among the ranks of, especially, today's Republicans are anything but Conservative. On the other hand, even among the Democrats, you will find, albeit, very few, a certain amount of Conservative thinking people.

Let us get down to the bare definition. What is a Conservative? It is nothing more than a person who places a value on the important things in life. That is the needed basics of survival: Food, Shelter and Medical attention. Conservatism is based on Common Sense, Normalcy. Of course, at the mere mention of these two words, today's rabid Liberal will jump in your face screaming: "Who are you to talk about Normal???!!! How dare you think yourself able to define "Normal"???!!! Well, now, dontchaknow, in todays's politically correct world, everything is normal; everything is "Mainstream". Yes...even Insanity. So, at the risk of getting my head chopped-off by the o, so knowing and sensitive "there is no wrong, everything is right, it's all good" crowd, there is such a thing as Common Sense and Normal behavior. There is also such a thing as balancing a checkbook, planning one's future and providing for one's loved ones after one's departure from this world.

That, in a nutshell, is what Conservatism is all about. Establishing priorities, waste not want not attitude along with having a goal in life and working to attain that goal. There is nothing Republican or Democrat about it.

It is simply a thing called...Life.

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LeaPea2417 wrote on June 5, 2015, 5:32 PM

You summed it up perfectly, that is exactly what I think.

morilla wrote on June 5, 2015, 6:04 PM

It's just like being a Liberal meant being closer to the ideas of the Founders than what it means today; i.e., a bit more "live and let live." The 'dictionary' definition of 'conservative' used to be: "adherence to traditional attitudes and values; cautious or questioning about change and innovation; emphasizing the individual in responsibility, action, and liberty/rights, but with an emphasis on moderation and assimilation."

The problem is that, too often, we are now 'defined' by the 'opposing' side, which isn't necessarily the 'opposite.' Just as there are many Big Government liberals, there are ALSO many Big Government 'conservatives;' at least that's how they are labeled in the media. The idea being that there are no 'conservatives' in favor of Big Government; just some who are registered Republicans. In that sense, it's actually the "Party" which, in many ways, has 'abandoned' much of its 'conservative' roots; i.e., both Parties have swung farther to the Left and the thought of Liberal/Conservative has become relative to one another as opposed to 'traditional roots.'

msiduri wrote on June 5, 2015, 7:02 PM

morilla has the sense of it, IMHO. There are "conservative" personal values, e.g., no sex outside of marriage; conservative values with respect to government—"He who govern less governs best;" conservative or liberal fiscal policies, etc., but both liberals and conservatives are quite liberal when it comes to name calling. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have a lock on liberals or conservatives. Both parties are equally self-serving and play on the sound bite. As far as I'm concerned, I don't give a damn whether a policy or a politician can be deemed "liberal" or "conservative." If I wouldn't get arrested for it, I might carry a lit torch in the daytime looking for a wise politician. / off the soapbox

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Strgzr66 wrote on June 5, 2015, 11:21 PM

Thank all of you for the comments below. Sounds to me like we're all pretty much on the same page. That's why I believe that we would all be better served voting for the man/woman for his/her stance on issues and what solutions they bring to the table rather than the constant labeling and denigrating that both major parties engage in. Example: Today, J.F. Kennedy would be considered a radical "hard Right" Republican no less. But, that was back in the day when the Democrat Party was actually the party that stood for the working Americans and traditional American values as opposed to today's Democrat party trying to ram Socialism and neo-Communism down our throats. The Republican Party is and has always been the "whore" of "Big Business" and Crony Capitalism. Cutting taxes and balancing the Budget have never been Democrat nor Republican ideals, but, rather, Conservative and pragmatic ways of enabling our economy to survive and Americans to make ends meet.

morilla wrote on June 6, 2015, 4:31 AM

I'd probably take issue with your description of what the Republican Party has ALWAYS been and Democrats have not ALWAYS been a Party which has stood for working Americans. Certainly, there is a difference, today, in philosophy as to who and what monies create jobs, as well as various social and political issues. But, neither Party has been 'pure' in their alignment on those philosophies. Remember, it was Theodore Roosevelt who created the National Park System and Richard Nixon who signed the EPA into existence, both being Republicans. Likewise, the Democrats used to have a strong, pro-business component.

It would be just as easy to label BOTH parties today as in favor of authoritarian/totalitarian Government; just slightly different versions of it. (The political philosophy of "progressivism" isn't JUST a Left-Wing or Liberal notion.) In fact, it was the Reagan Administration which 'saved' Social Security; one of the Democrats' prized programs; something not too difficult to believe if you remember that many Republicans supported it in the 1930's when it was created. (Which was a different program and intent than today's SSA.) It would also be fair to label Democrats as the Party of War in the 20th Century; Wilson in WWI, FDR in WWII, Truman in Korea, Kennedy/LBJ in Vietnam.

In the end, to name-call, excoriate, or praise either Party on the basis you have in your comment is to commit the very 'labeling' you claim to oppose. You are 'correct,' however, that cutting taxes and balanced budgets have long been conservative/pragmatic ideals. However, it was the Lincoln Administration which imposed the first income tax to fund the military during the Civil War; it was the Democrats who later passed it as a peace time, all the time measure. It's the 'interpretation' of the "Necessary and Proper" language of the Constitution which is at odds in terms of the intended use of the funds.

All I'm saying is to 'be careful' in the terminology you use and how you ascribe motives. Otherwise, you open yourself and your argument to legitimate criticism. The point is the one you initially made. It's just that you have to remember that there is ALWAYS a 'political' component when addressing 'politics.' But, that's one of the reasons 'polite company' tends to steer clear of the discussion as it can become very nuanced and, in the heat of the moment, 'nuance' isn't always a strong suit for the individuals involved.

Strgzr66 wrote on June 6, 2015, 2:05 PM

Well spoken, my friend. But, all descriptives, labeling and nuances aside, what we direly need right now is someone honest enough to do what they are elected to do: Represent the interests of We The People.

luisga814 wrote on June 7, 2015, 1:15 AM

Being conservative is no longer accepted during this modern times. But still I accept being a conservatist.

CoralLevang wrote on June 20, 2015, 3:43 PM

Now, let's thrown in some common sense Constitutionalism, with Independent thinking, and there is nothing Republican or Democrat about that, and it certainly is evident in either sides' behaviors! LOL