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The Death of Conservatism

January 19, 2012

Conservatism is dying, and we are all witnesses.  Conservative, which according to Mirriam Webster Online means a : tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions : traditional b : marked by moderation or caution <a conservative estimate> is no longer an accurate description of the right-wing of a political party.  Conservatism is dying, and we (America) are speeding it on its way.

In fact, those who would describe themselves as “liberal” are in many ways more conservative than those who claim the name.  The liberal agenda has not changed in more than a century.  The attempts to destroy the foundations for families and communities have been at the forefront of liberal policies for decades.  Those who would call themselves “liberal” have changed their views, values, and significant issues of the day far less than those who are “Conservative.”  There has been a slide to the left in conservatism, to the point that the “conservatives” of a century ago would probably view the “conservatives” of our era as dangerous radicals.

However, I think the death of conservatism is caused by something deeper than the defining of issues.  The death of conservatism can be directly linked to the moral drift of today’s society.  If people are willing to try anything, even in defiance of logic, then they can hardly be described as living conservatively.  If people are willing to throw out all that they were taught in order to simply figure everything out for themselves, then they are not living conservatively.  If people can’t live personal lives that are “conservative,” then how can we to expect them to affect change in our society that would be considered conservative?

To this point, I have presupposed  that people place some value on conservativism and conservation.  Let me tell you why you should.  While I would not argue that change is all bad, I would point out that change is definitely NOT all good.  A philosopher by the name of George Santayana once said that “those who cannot remember the past are bound to repeat it.”   A conservative perspective allows for the experience of the past to guide decisions for the future in an effort to prevent repetition of mistakes.  This does not rule out change, it merely causes extreme caution when enacting change.

This is a trend that we can and should reverse.  The solution starts in our homes and in our families.  We must train our children to act conservatively.  There are still risks that can and should be encountered; however, conservatism will help your child and mine to avoid many problems.  If we can properly train the next generation with conservative values and ethics, then there may still be hope for America.

Thanks for stopping by,

Dave

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