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May 1, 2007

Back to Basics: Meat and Potatoes Conservativism

“We’re the new liberals of the Republican Party. Can you imagine that?” Barry Goldwater

Notwithstanding any Adkins or Vegans who may chance upon this missive, it may be time for the GOP to reconsider their voyage into the New Social Conservativism, and remember what the Conservative movement was founded on. There are three factors:

1 – Fiscal responsibility shown by restraint in spending and in taxation.

2 – Concern about invasiveness of government into people’s life.

3 – Strong policy with regard to defense.

What is important is not what is stated, but what is left out. Many “RINO’s” are Conservatives in the true mold of the movement, but have been hijacked by those who kind of forgot #’s 1 and 2 on the What is a Conservative Memo. Maybe social hot button issues are best left to the state’s, hmm, what a Constitutional idea, and let government do what needs to be done in a lean and mean fashion. Of course some interaction with the Feds and the State government is needed, but since when does a person’s view about sex, abortion, marriage, the breeding habits of the manatee (okay, I digress, but you get my point) define one as a Conservative. They don’t.

Let’s go back to the Reagan playbook. It worked pretty well, didn’t it? It also allows for A Big Tent, which includes social moderates and independent voters. If you haven’t been keeping up on current events, the GOP needs every vote they can get.



  1. Yes, let’s get back to basics! Conservatism works, if you let it. There are lots of ways to save $$. Just cut out some of the unConstitutional organizations that spend huge amounts and are catalysts for lobbyists.

    Comment by Neil — May 1, 2007 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  2. I agree that we need to get back to fiscal responsibility and whatnot… however, I think the reason many conservatives have forsaken it is because they consider social conservative issues more important. I would think that anyone would consider morals over finances… but that may just be me.

    And for many conservatives, guys such as McCain are liberal not just because of their liberalness on social issues, but also because of their socialist (welfare, etc.) ideas and constant siding with liberals on any given day.

    Comment by thelonedrifter — May 1, 2007 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  3. I’m always leary when Washington is telling me what is moral and immoral.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — May 1, 2007 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  4. This post basically got to the core of my positions! Short though it was, it made me wonderfully happy to read. Thanks!

    Comment by Pink Elephant — May 2, 2007 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  5. Thank you Pink! What Reagan did with his stressing the three points and adding bringing down the USSR enabled him to be POSITIVE and for people, not against things and people.
    Maybe being at the Reagan Library will remind the candidates of that!

    Comment by avoiceofreason — May 3, 2007 @ 4:14 am | Reply

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