Okay…my “conservative” roots and principles stood up and saluted this week…
Saturday Rush Limbaugh spoke to the “Conservative Political Action Conference” (CPAC). His speech was covered by FoxNews and C-SPAN. With hardly any notes, and absolutely no “teleprompter,” Rush defined conservatism, and explained how that differs with what President Obama and his administration are trying to do with our country. You can go here here and listen to the entire speech on C-SPAN.
Rush described “conservatives” as those who love people, who see our nation as human beings, not groups or victims or as people we want to exploit. What we see as conservatives is potential. We believe that people can be the best he or she wants to be if certain things are just removed from their path, like onerous taxes, regulations and too much government. We want everybody to be the best he or she chooses to be. We love and revere our founding documents: The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. We believe that the Preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth, that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty and freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. And…we conservatives think that these are under assault today!
Rush goes on to explain that we want this to be the greatest country it can be, but we are all individuals. We are all different, and we will all end up with different outcomes. It is up to each of us where what we do and how we do it.
But socialism wants to level the playing field, to bring those on top down, and those on the bottom up. A socialist government tells those who have failed, those who have not reached the top of anything that they, the government, are their salvation. They are here to help (when you hear that, folks, grab your wallet…because they are going to make another attempt to get in there & relieve you of more of what is yours).
Conservatism is a set of core values. It is fighting for our values and for our freedom. Again, Rush said, “Freedom is the natural yearning of the human spirit as we were endowed by our creator. And the United States of America is the place in the world where that yearning flourishes, where freedom is expected because it’s part of the way we were created.”
Conservatives are naturally happy. We seek happiness, we pursue it, because it is a part of who we are. We are going to stand up for what we believe. We are competitive people (we actually count the score…we are out to win!) and we strive to be the very best. Yes, we strive to win! We strive to avoid defeat. We are not quitters and we will not acquiesce.
So as a conservative myself, I stand strongly with Rush when he says that this rampant government growth, this obscene indebtedness that is being foisted on us, this mission to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not our foundation any more…this concept of liberalism and socialism can not, must not succeed.
Our nation is under assault from within. Our founding principles are being threatened, and if we are to succeed as a free nation, then the agenda of our current President must be opposed, and his liberal, socialist plans must fail. There is no other option if we want our country to succeed as a nation of free people.
Now…where are those who will stand up for conservative principles of freedom and liberty? Not neo-conservatives nor moderates. It is time for us to start standing up, identifying ourselves, and being counted on the side of freedom and liberty. Go, Rush, go…lead us on.
PS: Here are a couple more web sites to stir your freedom-loving hearts…