Conservatives Defined

{Admittedly, these are my definitions.} There are 2 main groups of conservatiives. I call the one group “libertarian [small ‘L’] conservatives.” The other, “religious [or social] conservatives.” Together, I believe, they create the vast majority of voters in the United States; and – together – they should never lose an election. Yet they do.

The common denominator for being a conservative is a belief in small government, markedly reduced government spending, and low taxes. All conservatives worthy of the name must be fiscal conservatives, who will not advocate spending public money for unconstitutional programs that should not be under the jurisdiction of the Federal government. In this regard the most ignored amendments in our Constitution are the 9th and 10th.

  • 9th: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
  • 10th: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Both of these amendments define and limit the power and scope of the Federal government. The Feds can’t nullify or impose upon inherent individual rights just because they are not listed in the Bill of Rights, specifically. The 9th: Just because a right isn’t on the list, that does not mean that it either doesn’t exist or is excluded. The 10th: Federal powers are specifically listed in the text of the constitution. A power not listed cannot be exercised by the Feds. The Feds’ power is limited.

The only way to alter the Constitution is via a Constitutional Convention, to consider proposed new amendments. Successful passing of an amendment requires supermajority votes in the House, in the Senate, and among he states, a very tall hurdle designed to discourage frivolous tinkering.  [Alternatively, a supermajority of state legislatures can initiate the process.] The goal is to make change difficult.

Libertarian and social conservatives tend to be in agreement on most fiscal issues. They disagree on various social issues. This is why we often lose elections, as we split our efforts in half.

Issues That Unite Us

  • Low taxes and tax reform 
  • Decreased government spending
  • Reducing or eliminating [unconstitutional] entitlements and welfare
  • Maintaining a national defense second to none
  • Implementing incentives that reduce the cost of government in implementing its legitimate duties
  • Promoting private, voluntary charities to replace government largess
  • Free market health care reform
  • Border integrity and cultural stability

Issues That Divide Us

  • Gay marriage
  • Laws regarding abortion
  • The War on Drugs
  • Other mutually consenting adult behavior offensive to people of faith

These above issues will be discussed under their respective blog categories in more detail. The main point here: We should take the divisive issues off the table in order to win elections based on the issues that unite us. The social issues should be relegated to the states or to the civil society. Otherwise, our vote is split and diluted among “moderates and independents,” who often join forces with liberals. We then end up with bigger government and higher taxes. We need to debate these issues outside of the Federal election process as we focus on small government.

Contrary to Alinsky-like leftist propaganda The Tea Party’s common driving force is small government and fiscal sanity, not the divisive social issues above.