I Thought I Was Conservative

As an actor within the artist culture, I thought of myself as a liberal guy. Like many black teenagers growing up in Baltimore, a healthy hatred of George W. Bush was next to godliness in my house. I had no real ideology or grasp of the issues. Though I found politics pretty interesting, my views were limited to irritation at the debt and an aversion to foreign engagement. By the end of Bush 43, I longed for the economic prosperity and fiscal responsibility of the Clinton years my parents and teachers would tell me about. The good ole days of the 90s for me meant cartoons, video games and other things from early childhood. But for my parents, the Clinton years were spoken of as oral tradition of the nation’s lost glory before the dark times came. Along with the majority of America, I was swept up in “Hope and Change”. When Obama was elected, I presumed things would return to what I was taught was normal. In other words, I thought he would make America great again.

If I am being completely honest with you all, there was a significant racial component to things. Having a president that looked like me was emotional. I always knew that it was a possibility in America; however, to see is to believe.  Like many others, my interest in politics was reinforced by seeing him sworn in. Unlike many others, my love for this country, its traditions, its constitution and my wholesale rejection of perpetual victimhood of blacks in America at the hands of some white shadow was ignited. For that, I am somewhat grateful to Barack Obama.

By the time I graduated high school in 2010, I had grown to hate everything he stood for. The more interested I got in politics, the more I studied policy and American history.  The greater my appreciation for history grew, the more conservative I became. There were few if any people in my family, in my community or on my college campus who agreed with me, but I always knew that in the conservative movement I had found my people, tied to each other by shared values and a vision for the nation of our fathers. Or so I thought.

  • I am pro-life. I view the abolition of abortion as a moral imperative on the same level as the abolition of slavery that fueled the creation of the party.
  • I am a strict constructionist. I believe that the constitution is a great document that says what it means and means what it says. I believe it is the supreme law of the land and should be followed. If necessary, if should be changed and not twisted to fit popular opinion.
  • I believe in the primacy of the individual. Collectivism is not only unwise but immoral.
  • I believe that liberty is both a means and an end. I believe that the government is a necessary evil that should be met with healthy skepticism in all areas.
  • I am a capitalist that believes that property rights and the free movement of goods, services and people is key to prosperity.
  • I believe that our values are our greatest export and it is in our interest to promote them wherever they crop up. Europe did not civilize itself. Neither will the rest of the globe.
  • I oppose the welfare state from both a moral and fiscal standpoint. I want a society of opportunity and not one of entitlement.

These things and more are all things I thought made me a conservative. I was wrong.  Because I support free trade, increasing legal immigration and a path to citizenship for those here illegally I am a corporate sellout, GOPe shill and “cuckerservative”. I ask you RedState. Am I in the right place?