"Make your progress on the proven values, the Constitution, the free enterprise system, and don't mess around with it."
I believe that quote is a short and sweet definition of
conservatism. Since Goldwater, there have been many so-called
conservative leaders who, in my opinion, "talk the talk, but fail
miserably to walk their talk." For all their verbosity, most of
their actions are largely in favor of large corporations and wealthy
businessmen to the detriment of most Americans, including the children,
the elderly, and our future generations. They've also come up
with these new-wave catch-phrase names for their perversions: social
conservatism, neo-conservatism, right-wing conservatism, and
Below is a list of dos and don'ts that characterize my idea of
conservatism and the particular walk I talk and like to think I walk.
- Don't mess with the U. S. constitution, it may not be perfect, but it
has withstood the test of time. If it's not there by now; it doesn't
need to be there.
- Don't spend more money than you take in. The national debt mortgages
the lives of our children, grandchildren, and maybe future
generations. Cutting taxes is great, but don't do it until after
you've cut spending and can afford it.
- Work hard to decrease the size of government. Less government is more
productive in the long run. Instead of combining overlapping branches,
- Do provide a strong national defense, do make alliances with other
countries that enhance that defense. Respect the conflicting values of
our allies, except in the area of intrinsic human rights (the Bill of
- Do not use the military outside the U. S., except to enhance our
defense or to provide humanitarian aid. Make it the very last
- Do not do battle in foreign lands without a clear objective and a commitment in common with our allies.
- Neither help nor hinder business. Either process creates an artificial
environment which will eventually hurt the country and/or its citizens.
- Protect, educate, sustain, and encourage the young. They
are our future. Give each child the same opportunity for success.
- Make every possible effort to leave the environment as we found it.
Encourage renewable energy sources and discourage the non-renewable or
- Honor, respect, and do not abridge the rights of individuals to live, to enjoy life, and to worship in their own chosen ways.
Number ten is a short rewording of the Bill of Rights.
In my opinion, using the above list for scoring, ninety percent or more
would qualify a leader as a good conservative. There are some
good conservative leaders in the government, but not many. We