It is a sad state when we witness how the media pegs those of us on the right. Conservatives are treated in a few different manners: unwavering supporters of the agenda of the Republican party; blind adherents to the ideology of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter; or as synonymous with those in the extreme such as the birthers or violent extremists. For those of us on the right, we know that this is not the case.
From differing conservative perspectives, a tapestry of ideas are bred. Conservatives are a varied breed which range from the the libertarian leans of the Ron Paul revolutionaries to the neo-conservative thought of the ditto-heads. All claim the mantle of conservative and all of them are. Conservative means many different things to many different people within the movement, yet to the mainstream press we as conservatives are embodied not in the idealistic visions of Adam Smith but in the leadership of former President Bush or in the extremism of those who could murder abortion doctors.
We as conservatives need to break the mold and coalesce around our commonalities to show a wanting world that we understand their troubles. Conservatives understand the turmoils of modern society and have answers that have succeeded in the past. Let us remind Americans of all stripes why they had allowed us to lead in the past – they agree with us.
A cult of personality has overtaken our nation and the facade has been crumbling for the past year as a call to arms against government intervention has been sounded. If the spontaneous creation of the Tea Party movement has proven anything it is that the people of this great nation know that that individual freedoms and limited government are the answer and that waste and greed are more common among government than among the governed. The people want less, not more from our government. They want a lean machine that is freed from the bondage of excessive government and meets its Constitutional functions. If we as conservatives stive to be genuine purveyors of freedom, liberty, and limited governance then we will win elections and we will bring our nation back from the brink. If those who currently claim the mantle of conservative do not live up to these values, then we must find those who will.
Conservatism upholds traditional limitations of government and in so doing allows it to function properly. That is the ultimate goal of conservatives – a Constitutionally limited government serving the people and providing freedom and liberty to the greatest extent possible. That is how we must act and serve in office. If we do not, we will be cast aside remembered not as the defenders of freedom but as those who stood idly by as it crumbled. I call upon the leaders of the Republican Party to stand tall and proudly. Do not waver in your support of limited government and do not falter in your opposition to vast intervention in the affairs of the people. Stand proudly against the growing tide of expanded government and as they hear your call, the American people will stand up with you.
Cross-posted to Old Line Elephant