Anonymous said: How do I know if I'm a conservative or not?
If you believe that the freedom of individuals is of paramount importance, and that people and organizations function better and more efficiently without Government tampering, then you are definitely rolling down the calm wave of conservatism, buddy.
Really, conservatism is defined by a series of basic canons, and different factions of conservatism just branch off of those tenants in different ways. I will refer to Russell Kirk’s version of the canon, because I believe it is the most clear. I included some definitions where necessary.
- A belief in a transcendent order (does not have to be God or some version of God — Can be any kind of power that you see as larger than yourself. Important not for spiritual reasons, but because there has to be something larger than Government that gives human beings their value);
- An affection for the variety and mystery of human life (that people are awesome, diverse, and unique. But despite all of this, they are still human, and deserve to be treated as such);
- A belief in societal order;
- A belief that property and freedom are closely linked (Government should not be able to help itself to your property. With your own possessions and rights to those possessions comes many other rights);
- Faith in convention (if it aint broke, don’t fix it, and if it’s fixed, don’t break it!);
- An understanding that innovation must be tied to existing traditions (no social experimentation, or social products with unknown results. See number 5!)
All this being said, I certainly hope you are considering exploring conservative culture! It is an exciting, diverse political ideology that welcomes all and puts value on continuous learning and development.
Thank you so much for your question!
New voters are getting registered, students are finding a voice, and the conservative movement is GROWING!
This makes me so happy.
Good job, Turning Point USA!
- Receptionist: Thank you for calling the White House Relay Center, how may I direct your call?
- Me: Ravioli Ravioli Give me the Formuoli.
- Receptionist: One moment please...
- Automated Voice: You have reached the Illuminati... Our office is presently closed. Please leave a detailed message, and Carl will get back to you as soon as possible.
- Me: Goddamnit Carl.
I am sorry for what ya’ll are going through down there, I really am.
My sympathies are especially extended to those who have been injured and lost their lives in the rioting, both on the sides of those participating, and the police officers doing their best to follow orders.
I’ve made the statement that ‘soldiers are not the beaurocracy they work for’ to make the point that often, good people get caught up in the inherit maliciousness of the state and it’s ultimate goals of power and centralized control… And I’d be quick to make the same statement about police officers. I know that the immediate inclination in these kinds of situations is to jump on the ‘fuck the police’ bandwagon, but I’m not going to do that.
I am not taking anyone’s side in this post.
It might be useful to note that my mother was a victim of police brutality, and at the tender age of five I got to watch the whole thing unravel on the steps of our apartment building.
My parents had gotten into a fight, and my father ended up calling his police buddies on my mother, who proceeded to beat her out of the house in front of me and my family. I have vivid memories of that horrific afternoon.. Of watching my grandmother, an elderly Italian woman who could barely speak English, crying and trying to pull the two men off of her.
It will always stay with me.
Even today, A very deep, dark place in me gets emotional recalling the events, but despite that, I ended up going into policing myself, and am pursuing a law degree. So that being said, I think it goes without saying that I genuinely don’t believe the institutions themselves are without merit or good intentions.
Bad people can sometimes be drawn to the professions which guarantee them minimal oversight and power over others, and when they get in they can end up doing a lot of harm. But I have always maintained that the best way to stop bad people with power is to give good people the ability to properly defend themselves.
When we are dealing with the issue of police militarization, which I think many people have pointed out as being evident in Ferguson, we are ultimately dealing with concentrated power offsetting what should be a balance.
Democrats were quick to turn this into a race issue, instead of what it should be focusing on, which is the imbalance of power between society and those who are charged with protecting it. Why they did that should be obvious — Because it distracts from the bottom line of addressing that imbalance of power. And you know as well as I that telling the state to police itself is as idiotic as telling CEO’s to ensure they don’t make too much money.
Just as well, the state has a vested interest in keeping people without that means to defend themselves — and we saw exactly why during the Bundy standoff earlier this year.
The police certainly didn’t protect Cliven Bundy from having his land and property seized and life threatened by the Government, the well regulated militia did.
And we saw just how effective that well regulated militia was!
The Founding Fathers of America must have been perched up on a cloud somewhere, smiling a bit.
You are your last line of defense, and you should be weary of anyone and anything trying to tell you that you don’t really need to defend yourself, let alone that the very people you want to be defended against will do just as good a job.
If you are against police brutality and militarization in any form, you should be both pro-gun and anti-state. It’s as simple as that.
I ship liberty/capitalism
- Republicans Hate Black People
- Republicans Hate Female People
- Republicans Hate Latino People
- Republicans Hate Gay People
- Republicans Hate People
- Assaults Against Transgendered Homosexual Black-Cree Labour Unionists on The Rise — Ties to the GOP?
- Tea Baggers Tea-Baggining Women’s Rights
- Vaginas under ATTACK by GOP
- House Republicans — Satanists?
- George Bush — Out of Office, but Still Staring Wars
- LOL Sarah Palin
- Israel ‘Enjoys Killing Palestinians’, says Benjamin Netanyahu
- Tea Party ‘Fueling’ Global Warming
- Impeach George Bush
- Survey: 6 out of 10 GOP Representatives support abolishing marital rape laws
- Jesus Would Support Gaza
- Fox News RUINED by 3 year old!!
- SHOCKING 9/11 Ties to George Bush and Republican Party
- 'Everyone in Gaza is dead' — Palestinian Humanitarian Association
- GOP Running Alex Jones?
- Koch Brothers WAR on Obama
- Koch Brothers WAR on Environmentalists
- Koch Brothers funding War on Palestine?
- The Right Wing vs. Mandela
- The Right Wing vs. Bhudda
- The Right Wing vs. 6 year old Girl with Cancer
- Is the Bible Pro-Choice?
- Survey: 96% of Women Have been Raped or Will Be
more like u need to focus less on reality and more on reLIBERTY.