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What Is A Conservative? How To Know If You Are A Conservative!

What Is A Conservative? How To Know If You Are A Conservative!

So, what is a conservative? There are a lot of different definitions of conservative most of them rely on one person or another as the model. This, in the end, is not a workable solution since all such opinions differ.

What is a conservative? Human models:

There is the Reagan type conservative, and then the Buckley like conservative, and the Trump type conservative, which I do not believe to be conservative at all.

As an example of the variation: Goldwater was the model for the Reagan style of conservative thought, which according to Reagan was more Libertarian than anything else. This brand of conservative thinking did not go well with William Buckley who founded National Review.

Religious and authoritarian conservative models:

There are religious conservatives from the religious right which was once known as the silent majority, and there are those who make the central point of their conservative thought the control of society by law and order and authoritarianism! There are all sorts of variations, but none of them answer the real question of what is conservative!

Models from the old world conservatives:

I want to be clear that I am not talking about conservative in the British sense. I am not trying to promote a monarchy or establish or maintain an elite as is the habit of some. I am talking about a truly American style conservatism which is almost the exact opposite!

A method for determining who is a conservative

So, what method or standard is in place to measure whether or not a particular idea or the ideas of a particular person are in fact conservative? If I say someone is a social conservative, that brings out both the best and the worst of people and ideas! If I speak of fiscal conservatives, the same sort of issues arise! What is the measure of this thing we call conservative? Well, it turns out we have had a good measure of such ideas and thoughts for around 240 years at the time of this talk. It is our Constitution! The definition of conservative is one who holds to the beliefs laid out in the Constitution! Constitutional thought is that thought which corresponds to the U.S. Constitution.

Constitutional conservatives

I submit this one idea to you as the great and truly conservative and truly American definition for conservatives and conservative thinking! Brace yourselves, because this is not going to be pleasant for many in supposedly conservative circles! It is the whole Constitution!

The majority of the Constitution simply deals with the 3 branches of government, and the restrictions placed on government and the manner in which the government is intended to operate. In other words, it is the operator manual of our republic. The first 10 amendments are known as the Bill Of Rights and they enumerate a set of rights of the people and restrictions on government. Those who seek to abide by these rights and restrictions are those who are preserving our Constitutional heritage are those who are by definition, conservatives!

What is a conservative? Let the Bill of Rights tell us:

The first 10 amendments are known as the Bill Of Rights and they enumerate a set of rights of the people and restrictions on government. Those who seek to abide by these rights and restrictions are those who are preserving our Constitutional heritage are those who are by definition, conservatives! Conversely, those who seek to restrict these rights, or seek to increase government control beyond these limitations are not conservatives!

How to know if you are a conservative

The Bill Of Rights

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

If you seek to limit free speech, free press, free assembly, or freedom of religion, you are not conservative.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

If you seek to restrict the right to keep and bear arms, you are not conservative.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
If you want to have soldiers quartered in private homes by force in time of peace, you are not a conservative.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

If you seek to search and take property without a specific and detailed warrant from a judge, you are not conservative.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

If you seek limit due process or the right to avoid self-incrimination or restrict an individual’s right to fair bail, and just compensation for private property taken for public use, you are not conservative!

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

If you try to restrict the right to a speedy and public trial by jury, the right for the accused to confront witnesses against him, the ability of the accused to call his own witnesses and have legal counsel for criminal or civil cases, you are not a conservative.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

If you seek to restrict law suits by restricting a person;s right to trial by jury, you are not conservative.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

If you think that excessive bail and cruel or unusual punishment are okay, then you are not conservative.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

If you put the rights of the federal government ahead of the rights of the individual, you are not conservative!

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

If you put the rights of the federal government ahead of the rights of the individual state, you are not conservative!

In conclusion

So, there you have it, a definition of what is conservative and what is not based on our Republic’s founding document. I know that many of you will have problems with one or another of these points, but it is true and solid.

In reality, there are degrees of conservatism and the Constitution is the compass by which we can determine the rightness or the wrongness of an idea or a person.

The Constitution: How to know if you are a conservative!

DACA Dreamers: Modern Conservative Immigration Policy

DACA Dreamers: Modern Conservative Immigration Policy

DACA Dreamers are being used as pawns in a game of political chess. Today’s “conservatives have abandoned free markets and open borders in favor of authoritarianism and protectionism, neither of which are truly conservative, but being “tuff on crime” is easier than dealing with the real problem!

Real conservatives favor open borders

Real conservatives, let’s use Reagan as an example, did not make many of the distinctions that today’s “conservatives” make regarding legal and illegal immigration, and they favored (real conservatives still do) open borders and open markets.

Open borders and reverse immigration

This doctrine led to a gradual reduction in both types of immigration over the years since. Such policies along with NAFTA increased the numbers of jobs in Mexico which decreased the number of border crossings into this country to the point that by 2014 or 2015 we had achieved reverse immigration. Then some fool started talking about building a wall! The trend reversed almost immediately!

DACA Moral and Financial basis

The 800,000 or so young people affected by the DACA decision were brought here, mostly during a time of transition, have been here most of their lives, see this as their home, and use very little public assistance. They commit less crime than the average American at that age and have been training in jobs in which we need the talent. Most were brought here with no say in the matter. For those reasons, it is morally, and financially ridiculous to deport them.

DACA Constitutional basis

From a Constitutional perspective, (I do not care what sort of racism and xenophobia have occurred since in the name of law and order) There is NO constitutional criteria that would put the feds in charge of our borders and immigration for that matter!

The once and future DACA

DACA was an overstep by the Obama administration, just as we have many oversteps by the current administration, and does need to be fixed. That being said, the fix is to pass the Durban Graham bill into law, which effectively makes DACA a permanent fixture in immigration law, while also solving many other issues.

This is what Donald Trump alluded to in his speech announcing the end of DACA. He wants, oddly enough, to see DACA become law under the Dreamer legislation, and has said in at least one tweet that he will bring it back by executive order if need be. This is a wise move, but one that is confusing his followers, at least those who were paying attention!

The oddest of the twisted oddities in this strange game of twister is that the Trump followers, those who are awake are having to choose between Trump’s shift in immigration policy over the DACA Dreamers, or admitting that he has changed his position and getting out of the game because Trump is doing one of only two conservative things he has done since being in office!

What a real conservative believes about open border and immigration!