America, the last refuge of freedom on Earth, is in great danger today. The philosophical political-divide, seems to be growing wider by the day too. It makes me wonder sometimes ... Is there a united-front large enough anymore, to actually bring the Leviathan to its knees? In other words:
Is the American population even interested in bringing it to its knees? Or has the American Creed been trumped by "whose Big Government is best?"
The right-side of the political spectrum often appears more at odds with each other, than we are with the Left. Is this true? I don't know. But we certainly need to find out.
I'm a firm believer that no one individual follows any particular philosophy 100%, because to do so, would make you a sheep instead of a man. As I've said in many posts before, it's impossible to find any 2 people on the planet, who will be in exact agreement on everything. Thinking otherwise, is foolish (at best).
Yet, at the same, we certainly all adhere to many of the same general philosophical archetypes. Therefore, I believe it's important we have a clear understanding of what exactly these archetypes define: What exactly is a conservative?
A recent Gallup poll made the claim:
Okay, fine ... but it still leaves us wondering, "what exactly does this all mean?"
Personally, I'll be the first to admit I don't really know where I fit-in politically anymore. I've always been comfortable with the term conservative, but then again, I've always considered a conservative to be a person of the Mencken, Taft, Goldwater persuasion. Twenty years ago I thought of myself as libertarian too, but today's libertarianism sure seems a far cry away from what I knew it as then.
So without further ado, let's set sail on a journey of helping ourselves define conservatism (and other definitions), in hopes of helping ourselves make better political choices, now and in the future.
P.S. - Please join in! The comments section is always wide-open!
Part One: Neoconservative.