Along the way, some
have substituted the notion of being a conservative
with toeing the line of the present administration. This is
regrettable because it reveals a dearth of profundity on behalf
unfortunate "conservative." A conservative will, must,
and willing to be critical of anyone who steps outside of the
principles of conservative thought. Republican does not mean
conservative anymore than Democrat implies intelligence. A
conservative is more likely to vote Republican, but not out
loyalty, but because the opposite is frightful. Just the same,
thoughtful conservatives might vote the other way if the Republican
strayed from conservative principles.
The word conservative, ever murky, is becoming more so because
been hijacked by those who find it useful. This author supported
war with Iraq, but many conservatives did not because they believe
foreign entanglements mean new problems. Yet, to some laggard,
conservatives, the conservative objectors are hailed as traitors,
not being patriotic. This is a simple-minded view originating
lack of depth of understanding of conservatism. In essence,
It was with great disappointment where I read that those conservatives
not in line with the President are not conservative at all.
By what measure and by what authority? This author had problems
several associates who opposed the war, but was able to understand
they are true conservatives despite this issue. Yet, if one
cloaked in Red, White, and Blue, is one a traitor. In some instances,
yes! We see liberals who delight in the killing of our own troops.
That is nothing short of an abomination. Yet despite a conservatives
opposition to the war, they would never think of cheering on
or saying things to harm our troops. Instead they make it their
to disagree with the President, which is fine. It is not treason.
George W. Bush is not a King, nor the savior. He can, has, and
make mistakes. Conservatives largely support him, but not out
devotion. Thoughtful conservatives will take each decision made
critique it. Conservatives are a group who distrusts government,
why would they suddenly turn the other way? William Buckley
"We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose
sight of how
very often it is necessary, in order to preserve freedom for
minority, let alone for the individual, to face that majority
is a sad state when some conservatives, within their own like-minded
peers have to do just that and are treated with contempt.
Lest one think that this is a treatise on the ills of the current
administration, perish the thought. We have a President who
conservative than the last two Presidents, a step upward. This
not remove him, nor his policy from scrutiny, anymore than a
should receive a license to fly and never be scrutinized again.
the duty of every American to look hard at policy and not be
parties or slogans.
Conservatives fought long and hard to establish a foothold in
Century. It is unwise to suffer the fate of liberalism, but
thing can happen to popular conservatism. By drawing a box,
everyone inside, and citing that these are the "only"
have an opinion, there will be a rupture of conservatism and
sink ignominiously. Let us instead unite, sometimes disagreeing,
doing so in a civil manner. Save the diatribe for the other