I Am a Conservative Republican

I thought I should start with some basics, especially since, if you try to pin down a Democrat on why they’re a Democrat, they won’t tell you anything about the Democrat party or liberalism. Instead, they’ll start talking about how evil Republicans and the GOP are. I don’t want to be equated with liberals or Democrats (sometimes the same thing and sometimes not) and, since most writings on this blog will be dealing with the evils, corruption and danger of the left, I thought I’d start by talking a little about where I stand.

I am a Republican, that is, a member of the party, but I also believe in the tenants of the Republican party. That, plus the fact that I subscribe to conservative principles outside of the boundaries of the political arena, makes me a conservative Republican. But what exactly does that mean?

According to the left, it means that I’m greedy, caring more about filling my own pockets than helping people. It means that I only care about the rich and have no problem with the middle and lower classes being looted and victimized in order to make the rich richer. It means that I’m a sexist who wants to see women have their rights and freedoms restricted. It means that I’m a racist who doesn’t care about anyone who isn’t white, especially if they are black or Hispanic; that I want to see them victimized and kept in a second-class citizen position. It means that I’m a homophobe who hates anyone with a lifestyle different from mine.

Now, if the above is true, then either I’m an idiot or one of the most hateful, self-absorbed people on the planet…or all of that is just a bunch of lies and empty accusations with no basis in truth. Well, guess which option I’m going with.

I’m a conservative Republican because I believe in the principles, rights and freedoms laid out in the Constitution. I believe that all men and women are created equal and that we all have inalienable rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and property. I believe that the job of the federal government should be limited to doing what the states are not capable of, namely:
1) Defense, foreign relations and commerce and interstate commerce;
2) The protection of our constitutional rights;
3) Establishing federal courts;
4) Copyright protection;
5) Printing money;
6) Establishing post offices and post roads and an interstate system;
7) Establishing a national set of universal weights and measures;
8 ) Taxation needed to raise revenue to perform the above functions. (Now, there are other issues about how I believe these taxes should be allowed to be raised, but we’ll get into that at a later date.)

To break this down into a simpler point, I believe in smaller federal government. I believe in government that’s closer to the people and, while this does mean more focus on state and local government, it also means keeping our representatives at every level more connected to life as Americans, not as some elite subset of the population.

I believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, religious beliefs or lack thereof, sex, age, or disability. I believe in fiscal responsibility; limiting both taxation and government spending, bringing our national debt under control and balancing our national budget. I believe in free enterprise and capitalism as the best way to make the United States prosperous and strong. I believe in maintaining a strong national defense; protecting our citizens at home and abroad and countering threats from foreign sources. I believe in individual liberties and responsibilities; it’s the government’s job to preserve our freedoms and it’s our job to take an active interest and an active hand in keeping this country strong and on the right path…to make sure that America continues to embody the principles that has made it great.

Now, let me be very clear on a few issues, namely the accusations made against Republicans on a regular basis. Remember that paragraph earlier about what the left claims a conservative Republican is? Well, this last part deals with those misconceptions and outright lies.

Let’s start with the claim that Republicans are racist. The Republican party was formed in the 1850s and it was formed primarily as an organization to stand against slavery. The basic belief of the party was that all people should be free from enslavement and government tyranny. (And, yes, because there were only two parties and the Republicans were opposed to slavery, you can pretty easily guess what party was supportive and protective of the so-called ‘rights’ of slave owners…the Democrats.) Republicans have a history of standing for racial equality and against racist liberal ideals, such as opposition to the Democrat-founded Ku Klux Klan, the Dred Scott decision, and the Jim Crow laws. Republicans also supported, in defiance of Democrat opposition, the passage of the 13th (to abolish slavery), 14th (to give citizenship to all blacks born in the U.S.)and 15th (to give blacks the right to vote) Amendments, Civil Rights Act 1866, Reconstruction Act of 1867, Freedman Bureau Extension Act of 1866, Enforcement Act of 1870, Force Act of 1871, Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871,
Civil Rights Act of 1875, Civil Rights Act of 1957, Civil Rights Act of 1960, 1964 Civil Rights Act, 1965 Voting Rights Acts and the 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act.

Republicans such as Henry L. Morehouse and General Oliver Howard started many of the traditional Black colleges in America. We have fought for true equality for all Americans, not an illusory image of equality that ultimately keeps groups of people repressed nearly as effectively as slavery did. Believe it or not, this is just a glossing over of the issue of race between the Republican and Democrat parties; something I intend to delve into deeper at another time.

Republicans are supposed to be greedy and selfish with, as someone I was debating with recently put it, a “MINE, MINE, MINE” mentality. Yet, the truth is that, by states, organizations and individuals, Republicans give more to charity and individual causes than Democrats…and it’s not because Republicans have more money to start with. Among the MANY things I’ve been accused of, I’ve been accused of being rich (as if having money is, in and of itself, evil) and I so want to do a comparison of my paycheck with them. No, what the major difference is, is that Republicans believe in giving to those in need because of conviction, choice and discernment, not by having the government forcibly confiscate money to redistribute where it decides that the needs are.

The left claims that we are engaging in a “war against women” when the truth is that Republicans have been at the forefront of the fight for equality for women, going back to the suffrage movement, which was heavily supported by both white and black Republicans, to today’s issues of equal treatment, protection from persecution based on gender and equal pay. And, no, being opposed to abortion does not equal being opposed to women or equal rights for women.

I am also not a homophobe. I have no problems on a personal level with anyone because of their sexual orientation. However, when it comes to the majority of gay lobby efforts, especially militant gay efforts, I will stand up against the bullying and damaging practices that often come to the forefront. For example, I have no problem with same sex committed couples being treated with dignity and even being afforded rights commensurate with married heterosexual couples. Truthfully, I would actively support that. But a large number of those who are pushing to have such unions be called ‘marriage’ instead of ‘civil unions’ are obviously doing so to push their lifestyle in the faces of people who don’t agree with the lifestyle, usually for religious reasons. It’s not tolerance that these more militant types are wanting, but unequivocal acceptance to the extent of violating others’ beliefs and convictions. This is a violation of the rights of others for the gratification of some. Then throw in the recent statements by gay activist Masha Gessen that “gay marriage is a lie” and that her overall goal is the extinction of the institution of marriage altogether. There’s no telling how many might agree with her or not at this time, but this is the deliberate targeting and subversion of an established civil and religious institution. So, no, I don’t hate gays at all, but I will stand against this sort of nonsense.

Finally, my views are based partly on my faith and I may be addressing some subjects from a more biblical point of view, but that won’t be the norm on this blog; not because I don’t value my faith, but because most issues I’ll be addressing here will be political and the other side will typically be coming from a secular point of view. Of course I can address the biblical side of the issues, but I also won’t be relying on it.

Thank you for bearing with me on this first ever installment of this blog. Hopefully, it should get more interesting and the issues addressed timely and relevant. If you consider yourself a conservative, I hope you’ll find much here that you an agree with and maybe I’ll even be able to present some knowledge that you can use to increase your own personal armory against liberalism. Also, if you’re easily offended, especially if you consider yourself a liberal, all I can say is: Buckle up, because, for as long as you might continue to read this, it will definitely be a bumpy ride.

Randy Lynch

 

Written by: Randy Lynch

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