Conservatives – per their dedication to reality, reason, responsibility and right – like to keep things simple. That’s why – here in Buncombe County – we’ve taken to calling the local progressive-liberal-socialist movement Brand-X. Not only because we recognize their product as inferior, but also because their movement comes in so may sizes, shapes, and colors. It’s easier to lump them up. Brand-X works to describe a parade of political movements that don’t work.
It’s possible we may be being a bit unfair. To group authentic liberals with the rest of this bunch may actually be an injustice. Liberalism – at least as originally intended – has very little in common with leftism, progressivism, socialism, anarchism, fascism, or any of the other card carrying ‘ism’ groups associated with Brand-X .
Consider the following dictionary definition of liberalism-
Lib·er·al·ism (lĭb′ər-ə-lĭz′əm, lĭb′rə-) A political theory founded on the natural goodness of humans and the autonomy of the individual and favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority.
Most of that stuff is right out of the conservative handbook. We may not buy fully into that kind notion of the “natural goodness of humans,” but the rest? Heck yeah!
To maintain our Republic, we must find positive ways to challenge the harms of today’s out-of-control red and blue divisions. Recognizing our real enemies are not liberal thinkers operating out of the traditions noted above is a good starting place. Our true antagonists are the Brand-X radicals who seek to trample America’s remarkably effective Success Equation (Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity) and replace it with failed governance models that have been repackaged as ‘new and improved.’ Brand-X’s sincere mission is to obtain power by selling us a bad product.
If you’re one of many Americans who is confused and alarmed by the violence, extremism, dishonesty, greediness, and media supported nonsense that is sweeping across our country, you might want to take the term ‘liberal’ off your list of primary concerns.
It’s the misguided left that’s our much bigger problem. You know – the ones who complain about the behavior of others while advocating violence, hate, reverse racism, anti-free speech policies, making government bigger and people smaller, immorality, and disrespect for human life.
If you’re confused, just think focusing on the “splinter in your neighbors eye compared to the plank in yours” as the left’s social change model.
If won’t work, and people operating out of reality, reason, responsibility and right get it. But those four words are not reserved just for the conservative movement.There are others who understand the hope and potentials the ‘4-R’s’ represent.
The left? Forget about it – fantasy, emotion, control and vanity define their political movement and thus the need for an organized effort to resist their assault on America’s traditional success equation. That’s where the Republican Party comes in – and we are resisting the left’s excesses better than anybody.
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