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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Today's Rant

I love that all the remaining candidates are trying to hitch their wagon to the Reagan star and declare themselves the “real” conservative; like this is all it takes to win the nomination (and the Presidency.) First off, and I might be committing a sacrilege or heresy here, but should Reagan really be the standard bearer on what conservatism should be in this country? I think not…

Don’t misunderstand me, the years between 1981 – 1989 were great years for the U.S. and were the formative years for my personal political worldview, mostly due to Ronald Reagan and his leadership as President, but (and this is a big but) was he as conservative and his legend has became due to his conservatism or his pragmatism given the world and domestic issue he faced. I would argue that in that point of time, and given the events that were before him, the only real solution were conservative solutions that he was more than happy to implement and that he became more conservative as he saw those ideas put into action and work. The change in the Democratic party of which he once belonged (disappearance of real pro-life Dems, a weakened military stance, “Blue dog” and fiscal conservatism), the need for a strong military during the “cold” war, expediting the economic recovery of the Carter administration with much needed tax cuts and rise of the militant leftist all contributed to Reagan’s actions. A politician, even the very best ones, is always bound by doing the very things that will keep them in office so they can achieve the agenda they are putting forth so they cannot be absolute in their beliefs but need to be more pragmatic (in the best sense) to get initiatives passed and implemented. By judging a conservative candidate by other conservative politicians we are already in a compromised position as to what a candidate will compromise on and what issue they will be steadfast.

A better gauge for judging a conservative candidate should be those that have espoused a pure viewpoint, and then when compromise is needed, the jump is not into non conservative and dangerous territory. Authors and Conservative thinks we should all be judging these candidates conservative “street cred” against are men like: James M. Beck, Henry Adams, T. S. Eliot, Allen Tate, Andrew Lytle, Donald Davidson, Milton Friedman, George J. Stigler, Barry Goldwater, George H. Nash and of course William F. Buckley, Jr and his band of writer at the National Review (namely Russell Kirk, and L. Brent Bozell, .) These authors and conservative theorists were unrestrained by the pressures of votes (or in the case of some of today’s known “conservative’s” mostly in the talk radio realm, advertisers and market share) looked inside the conservative mind and philosophy to the heart of why conservatism (and practical conservatism) practices in the right measure is the best way to steer the federalist ship that in our great country.

To quote William F. Buckley, Jr.”Truth is a demure lady, much too ladylike to knock you on your head and drag you to her cave. She is there, but people must want her, and seek her out. “ and so is the action of finding a politician that is not telling the voters what they want to hear to get their vote and what they truly believe and will act upon in once they are put into office…..”Hope and Change”, “Compassionate conservative” both sound great but whose hope, what is going to change and whose definition of compassion are really the more needed answers to give us insight on who we want running the show in D.C. As Tommy Boy says so eloquently, “The point is, how do you know the fairy isn't a crazy glue sniffer? ”Buildin' model airplanes!" says the little fairy, well, we're not buying it. He sneaks into your house once, that's all it takes. The next thing you know, there's money missing off your dresser and your daughter's knocked up, I've seen it a hundred times.”

The point here is that we shouldn’t compare candidates to other candidates but we should aspire to compare those running for office against the best minds of their given philosophy and then go from there to assess their truthfulness and reliability to serve the position. These primaries are fun political theater, I would state that any of these Republican candidates would be better then the crash course we are currently on with the current administration. But as voters we need to be sure that we do not set them up as a torch bearer of a previous politician, no matter how revered that person is because there are more lofty ideals that our leaders should aspire to than to be the reincarnation of a politician……..they need to aspire to be the touch bearer of a philosophy that can re invigorate this country to resume its greatness as a beacon of liberty to the world.

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