Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The Status Quo

I’ve recently read an article, “Researchers help define what makes a political conservative, by Kathleen Maclay”, that attempted to synthesis a vast amount of statistical information and come up with a reason why conservative thinking people are different from liberal thinking people. It would seem, at least from the information shared in the article, that conservatives have a well established set of ground rules by which they live their lives; not tending to jump one way or another when the winds blow. Liberals on the other hand have a penchant for reaching out and embracing the abstract. Of course the wording Ms. Maclay used were less than flattering toward conservatives and leaned heavily toward angelic when showing how Liberals never judged their fellow beings. Had the article been written without a complete disdain for grassroots America or by someone other than a group of Berkley leftists, it might have some merit.

I found comparisons in the article such as, “Hitler, Mussolini, and former President Ronald Reagan were individuals, but all were right-wing conservatives because they preached a return to an idealized past and condoned inequality in some form.”, not only inaccurate but offensive. To include former President Ronald Reagan in the same thought process with tyrants such as Hitler and Mussolini might be called a grand stand effort to discredit an honorable man. There was also an effort to label Stalin as simply another conservative; that’s the same Stalin who ruthlessly assaulted and imprisoned his own people, another of the world’s most infamous mass murderers, “researchers noted that Stalin, for example, was concerned about defending and preserving the existing Soviet system.” I must have misplaced those newspaper articles, the ones that sanctioned Ronald Reagan when he slaughtered millions for not supporting the “light on the hill” or his “trickle down economic” efforts. Huge leaps in comparison are not uncommon when attempting to justify character assassination.

Conservatives were defined in the following way, “The avoidance of uncertainty, for example, as well as the striving for certainty, are particularly tied to one key dimension of conservative thought - the resistance to change or hanging onto the status quo, they said. The terror management feature of conservatism can be seen in post-Sept. 11 America, where many people appear to shun and even punish outsiders and those who threaten the status of cherished world views”, and so Conservative might also become mass murderers just as Joseph Stalin or Adolph Hitler. Never mind that they have virtually nothing in common, statistics can be put together to form any conclusion.

Conservatives do indeed hold onto their solid and well established set of ground rules. It just so happens that these ground rules are and have been given to us from a kind and loving Heavenly Father. By following the rules we are able to avoid the terrible penalties associated with sin. Conservatives, call us what you will, are for the most part willing to accept the idea of being accountable for one’s actions whereas Liberals have deluded themselves into thinking that there are no consequences and that, “ its just not fair” to have to live by someone else’s rules. They discount the idea of religion as being a crutch that weak minded conservatives hold over everyone’s head in order to keep things in the status quo.

Liberals have altered the meaning of “minority” to include social attitudes and deviations from previously acceptable norms. They argue that times change what is acceptable whereas Conservatives tend to believe that what God said to his children a thousand years ago is the same now and will be a thousand years from now. The Liberal definition of a “minority” would include criminals, perverts and malcontents as an abstract equal to cultural heritage based on ethnic origin or religious belief. It would be so much easier, at least in theory, if God and the Ten Commandments could be ignored. It would not matter how distorted or perverted the human race became and the Liberals could justify their argument. It would all be part of the natural process of accepting each other regardless of how debased the individual, as part of the social world disorder. Such a philosophy will work only if, and that “if” is only a flagrant disregard for the most basic beliefs of even those who profess that such is folly, there is no God. On the outside chance that they might be wrong, these Liberals who hate the foundation upon which our country was founded, had better have a back up plan.

I suppose I must be a conservative. I believe the Constitution of the United States of America to be a divinely inspired document establishing a form of government that will prevail through the worst of times. I believe the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. These are not just words on a piece of paper. These documents, ancient as they may be, form a foundation and a stated belief in God, the Creator, from whom all blessings flow. Having core beliefs makes it possible to draw such conclusions. The cowardly attack on the World Trade Center by agents determined to destroy our way of life triggered the “terror management” part of my conservative personality because my core beliefs had been assaulted. I instantly recognized that it was not a peaceful request to change the New York Skyline; rather it was an act of war. I consider the Liberal agenda, to erase God and moral fiber from the American way of life, much the same and will continue to expose it for what it is, a pack of lies. To the Liberals who would tear these foundations apart, yes, I will defend my core beliefs with a great ferocity, even unto your utter destruction.

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