This is more evidence of the problem with the Republican Party. It’s like no one knows what a conservative is anymore. Look at this tweet. It’s misleading.
Conservative = support and tolerance of individual liberties. “Social Conservative” = Michelle Bachmann, Tony Perkins, Rick Santorum, etc.
— Luke Londo (@llondo) November 30, 2012
All conservatives are social conservatives because conservatism, as Ronald Reagan said, is a three-legged stool: fiscal conservatism, social conservatism, strong national security. If you remove any leg of the stool, you don’t have conservatism and the country flounders.
A conservative supports the Fourteenth Amendment in accordance with ensuring that all states uphold God-given rights, particularly those delineated in the Bill of Rights, within their borders. The Fourteenth Amendment ensures that no state may deny the rights delineated in the Bill of Rights to any person. No state may allow murder. No state may allow wife-beating. No state may ban guns. No state may allow abortion, either, because the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees every innocent person the right to life. Libertarians disagree with that. They believe that this interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment is “big government.” Liberal Democrats believe that “rights” refers to whatever the majority opinion says “rights” are, rather than sticking only to our basic God-given rights. Their formula is the big government formula. The libertarian rejection of the idea that the federal government must defend our individual rights against state government tyranny leads to state tyranny over individual rights.
There is much more to being a conservative than fiscal conservatism. Unless you are a social conservative, you are not a conservative. Unless you believe in a strong national defense, you are not a conservative. Rick Santorum, Tony Perkins and Michele Bachmann are conservatives. Sarah Palin and Rand Paul are not because they reject the socially conservative principle (which is in the Republican Party platform, by the way) that all innocent human life is protected by our FEDERAL Constitution. Newt Gingrich is a conservative. So is Bobby Jindal. So is Todd Akin.
I realize there are people who will get angry by my saying Sarah Palin, Rand Paul and others (like Rick Perry) who have said they believe in “states rights” on the abortion issue are not conservative, but a conservative is someone who defends our individual rights above ALL LEVELS of government – whether local, state or federal. It makes no sense for a Republican to defy the platform and claim that a state legislator has the right to vote for abortion considering that our state legislatures have Republicans serving in them. No, a Republican is for all levels of government defending our individual rights. If America followed the Constitution, our president would order all abortion clinics closed, and send the National Guard to close the abortion clinics in every state that refused to do so. If a conservative president did that in America today, however, there would be rebellion, most especially from libertarians claiming that it would be an abuse of power for a president to send the National Guard into a state to do anything.
And that is why our country is screwed up. There is not enough public concensus for true conservatism, and so everyone who is a conservative has to deal with the reality that we are dealt — a Godless country that, on the Left, believes government should do everything including picking what light bulbs we will use, and, on the Right, would take up arms if the federal government tried to close abortion clinics, claiming it’s tyranny. Because our country is so screwed up, we’ll do well to turn it back to prosperity, and to liberty and justice for ALL.
There can’t be anything close to justice for ALL when so few people know what real justice is, and when so few people know what a real conservative is.
God help us.