Conservative; An RNC Reflection

You heard the man.

If you are reading this, there are a few things I can safely assume without running the risk of making an ass out of anyone (you and me included). You are young, because you found a thing that was on the internet. You’re right leaning, middle, or at least indifferent, because I’ve received a surprisingly low amount of hate-mail. And if you’re like me, you’ve found a sparse amount of political writing from Republicans who weren’t either mind-bogglingly isolationist or terrifyingly imperialistic (I’m both), with such a high opinion of their own moral code that you’d think you were reading a puritan time traveller (they have those?). Or, you are possibly Jeffrey Thomas, Paul Ryan’s and my arch-nemesis, scanning my treatise for an accidentally revealed weakness (keep reading, my Wisconsonian foe, I’ve revealed nothing!)

But I’m fired up after the Republican National Convention and it has made me consider exactly why being a Republican feels so good at a time like this. And I think it is because, for once, the politicians might stick to the Conservative Ideals they so proudly tout during the primaries.

A side note: despite the title of the blog, I am not strictly a Republican. I am foremost a Conservative, and if the Dog-Wrangling Australian Philharmonic Party promised smaller government, a return to fiscal discipline, and a sound foreign policy based on long term interests and not flash-in-the-pan revolutions, then I’d identify with them and try to push the DWAPP acronym as far as it would go.

After the Todd Akin debacle, understanding the difference between Republican and Conservative is crucial for this election. What Todd Akin rambled about is often confused for Conservative values, and it’s a senatorial race ,not a values referendum. The fiscal issues are a winning ticket alone, with no need to start shredding our P.R. with moral nonsense. Mitch Daniels suggested a truce on social issues during his short lived bid for the ticket and was lambasted from primary-darlings like Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry. But that is exactly what country needs: some focus on what fight we want to fight right now.

If you are a politician running for a seat on the hill, listen up. You know those things you feel about other people and the way they live their lives? Say them to yourself in the mirror in the morning and then never again for the rest of your day. The public sphere is no place to spout those beliefs. They are your own, keep it that way. Liberals do a good enough job telling the country who we must accept (everyone) and who we must bully (rich white people). Don’t stoop to their level in picking what people should like.

A recent study has proven that the possibility of gay marriage has not raised the deficit one cent. Legitimate rapes have not affected the burden on the struggling middle class. And yet Republican nominees are pissing away perfectly good momentum to revive the ancient position of the Censor.

The role of the politician is not to dictate what they consider morally right, but to decide on the role of the government within the lives of the people. And to do so by the approval of the people.

Presently, the threat to our nation is expansive role of the Government in the lives of the people. The current administration has decided to take over the Healthcare industry, pick winning horses among the motor companies, tell churches that they must fund healthcare plans that include abortions in a clear transgression of the separation of Church and State. What worse way to respond than to tell the voters how the Republicans will invade your lives with a different agenda?

Clint Eastwood stated this best during his speech that “There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it.” (If this didn’t get you so pumped up that you watched A Fistful of Dollars, crying and humming the Star-Spangled Banner, nothing ever will).

This is the exactly attitude we need going into the next two months. No hot dogging opinions when the facts do fine. It should not be a question of whether gay marriage is right or wrong, but how can we make it so that the most amount of people are involved with the decision making process (vote at the State level?). It shouldn’t be a question of the morality of abortion, but the right of an institution to determine morality. In short, for the Republicans to win in the fall, the election must be a referendum on the philosophy Reagan stated so eloquently “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

This belief was not unique to 1981. It is a reoccurring theme in the American people’s battle against a well-meaning, paternalistic government that has come to look unknowingly like the British Empire it rebelled against.

Liberalism in America fails because it relies on the belief that the best answer for any problem must come from the Government. The idea is that the country is not perfect, but that it is perfectable through constant intervention by the benevolent State. Republicans can’t respond to this with the opposite opinion, but consistently question the value of expansive role of the government against the loss of liberty.

The DNC launched a video recently that claims “The Government is the only thing we all belong to.” Outside the idea that by belong, they meant are owned by, which because of their lazy use of language is directly implied by the phrase, the video seems to mean that the only thing that unites us is the Government under which we exist. The idea is that, beyond of any religious affiliation or idea of a universal human connection, the Government is the only power that binds us together. And, judging by the way the Obama campaign blames the rich while extending their tax-cuts, I guess the Government is the only thing that turns us against each other, too.

If this idea, that the Government is the most important of all your connections to your fellow man, terrifies the piss out of you, congratulations, you just might be a Conservative.

-Brian Gross

Brian is a self-proclaimed enemy of the little man. Help Brian’s anti-midget agenda by sharing this article with friends, family, and that new girl in the office. You know, that cute girl that told you her name but you forgot, so you keep saying “Hey, you” when she walks by, but she’s totally on to you that you forgot. Yeah, share it with her, too.


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