A Conservative Reality Check from Lady Libertas

The major  mistake that Liberals and Democrats have made about the Tea Party Movement is that Conservatives are all Republicans and avid George W. Bush supporters.  The truth is that the Tea Party Movement is comprised of individuals from all over the political spectrum and, although the majority are Conservatives, many are libertarians, independents and recovering liberals.  Tea Party participants are united in the belief that the government,  which includes Democrats AND Republicans, has not been working for the People.  Our elected officials have become bloated on power and corruption and are out of touch with the common People.

We believe that Washington has been broken for a long time and it needs to be fixed.  Conservatives, in particular, have been silent for far too long and we are done being silent.

Republicans have not represented Conservatives since the Reagan years and it has been that long at least that Liberals have confused Conservatives with Republicans.  Let’s clear that bit of misinformation up right now – A Lady Libertas Reality Check if you will…why should the White House have all the fun with Reality Checks!?

What is the definition of Conservatism?

  • a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes (Princeton)
  • Conservatism is a political and social term from the Latin verb conservare meaning to save or preserve. As the name suggests it usually indicates support for tradition and traditional values (wikipedia)
  • A political philosophy that favors maintaining limited government involvement with respect to religious, cultural, or nationally defined beliefs and customs (wiktionary)
  • A political ideology that embraces individual opportunity, public order, and traditional values. Over the past few decades, more Americans have self-identified as conservative than as liberal, with moderates sometimes surpassing conservatives in number. (source)

Ronald Reagan described a core Conservative belief in his first Inaugural address:

Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?

Recognition of the responsibility of the individual and the call for the least amount of government intervention is fundamental to Conservatives.  As Barry Goldwater said:

“Every man, for his individual good and for the good of his society, is responsible for his own development. The choices that govern his life are choices he must make: they cannot be made by any other human being, or by a collectivity of human beings.”

Through our system of checks and balances and by spreading out power over the three branches, the Fed may be checked (in most cases) from running rampant.  As well, Conservatives hold the Tenth Amendment to be a cornerstone when analyzing the reach of the Federal government and how much it may interfere in our daily lives; “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.”

The belief in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as the defining documents for governance of the United States is also very important to Conservatives.  We do not take loose interpretation lightly.  Those words are the foundation of the United States of America and carry as much weight today and are as efficacious today as they were when written.  The Constitution should prevent an abuse of power or the encroachment of Socialism and Communism – the enemies within.  In these current times, under the leadership of Obama, we will find out the fortitude of our Constitution and I have faith that it will hold strong.

Another defining principle of Conservatism is the belief that Freedom is more important and different than Equality.  The Right will always prefer freedom over equality and the Left will prefer equality over freedom.  Conservatives do not hold to a perfect, or in many cases with the Left, a manufactured equality as we believe in Exceptionalism.  Because Conservatives prize Individualism, the fact that some individuals are endowed with greater skills, intelligence or abilities and that those individuals will benefit all of us as a whole is Exceptionalism and reality.  Conservatives deplore the Liberal tendency to drag everyone down to the lowest common denominator rather than allowing exceptionalism to be an inspiration of achievement.  As John Stuart Mill stated: “Genius can only breathe in an atmosphere of freedom.”

While most Conservatives are Hawks, it is a hawkishness born from the stance that the United States of America is not going to be threatened or bullied by any other country.  If we are attacked, we will attack back and finish the fight; however, Conservatives stand for less foreign entanglement.  We do not care if we are popular in the world – we want to protect and support our interests and allies.  For that reason, many Conservatives disagreed with the war in Iraq.  Lady Libertas disagrees with the war for several reasons, the primary being that war is not politically correct.  If we go to war, then we need to do just that and not fight a war based upon attempts to win an internation popularity contest.  If American boots are on the ground, then we are there to win and get out, not play peacekeepers or engineers to rebuild Iraq.  Lady Libertas’ solution to Afghanistan?  Nuke the poppy fields, remove the financial backbone of the Taliban and walk away.  Conservatives are frequently accused of being warmongers but the fact is, we simply believe in waging war properly and getting out and not to spread Global Democracy .  Bush broke all of those rules and Obama has not only followed in his footsteps but has increased our engagement in Afghanistan which is now resulting in the four deadliest months in eight years.

Bush spat in the face of Conservative beliefs of balanced budgets and fiscal prudence and Obama has not only continued to fly that flag but he has hoisted about a trillion of his own little flags.  Conservatives support commerce, trade and business, in particular small business which provides 70% of new job growth in the United States every year.  We all know about Haliburton and their no-bid government contracts but Liberals wave this flag as if it is a tenet of Conservative politics.  It is a tenet of “politics as usual” PERIOD.  Every politician in Washington DC seems to adhere to this tenet – Democrat and Republicans alike.  Under this same “politics as usual” tenet, we have also watched the reveal on tax evasion by high-ranking Democrats and members of Obama’s administration.  And Lady Libertas is here to say, NONE OF IT IS OK.

Bush increased the agriculture subsidies, destroying our farms and setting us up for corporate welfare programs while setting the stage for more costly corporate welfare in the form of TARP and bailouts.  Conservatives say – let them fail and we do not want our tax money paying for bonuses, retirement programs, unions and all other manner of nonsense.  We are all struggling to support our families, save money for retirement and succeed – paying for the bailout of companies that deserve to go bankrupt does not help anyone except to set up dangerous precedents of crony capitalism.  As well, the idea of our government owning portions of any private businesses is anathema to Conservatives –  More dangerous precedents that lead to increased deficits and rampant government expansion.

And the Patriot Act?  Well, you could hear Conservative heads exploding throughout the country.  For those of us who want less government involvement, inviting them into our homes via wiretaps was a bit much.  Now before the Libs jump on the Bash Bush Bus again, let me remind you that Obama has continued the Patriot Act.  It has been a long and cold wait at the Hope and Change Bus Stop.

Under the Tea Party Movement, the Conservative movement has coalesced and charged forward.  We have had it. Notice to the Liberals – keep the Bush blaming to yourselves, because many of us blame him as well.  And now that we have found our voices, we are not going to be silent anymore.  Rush Limbaugh has the top radio show in the country and Glenn Beck has the #3 show.  Fox News eviscerates the other cable news outlets.  We marched on Washington DC by the hundreds of thousands.  And we are not just putting Liberals on notice, we are putting ALL POLITICIANS OF BOTH PARTIES ON NOTICE – 2010 IS COMING & WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!

Lady Libertas is a Conservative.  Not a Republican.  And you may consider this your Conservative Reality Check.

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One Response to A Conservative Reality Check from Lady Libertas

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