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Why I Am a Conservative

Posted: November 9, 2012 by GaryM in Political Philosophy

“If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.” (Attributed variously to Churchill, Clemenceau and others.)

While I was never a liberal, I was certainly less conservative when I was younger. I was originally of the opinion that conservatives were better at creating wealth and progressives were better at distributing it. So my theory was we should alternate between Republican and Democrat governments. So I favored Humphrey over Nixon in 1968 and Ford over Carter in 1976. All that changed after the 1976 election, because I met some genuine movement progressives in 1978, and I have never looked back. I have also not been surprised by anything progressives have done since then.



The Republican Party was formed to fight slavery, fought a war to free the slaves, fought Jim Crow laws enacted by Democrats, forced Reconstruction on the reluctant South, passed the first civil rights act, and defeated a Democrat filibuster of the 1960s Civil Rights Acts. But some time in the last 40-50 years Republicans, and conservatives in general, gave up that fight.    The results of that surrender have been horrific for the African American community.   Progressive dominance has destroyed their communities, destroyed their families, and condemned generation after generation to lives without hope.  It is time we conservatives rejoined the battle.