Conservatism 101 (Part 1: The Necessity of Conservatism in Today’s America)

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It is a common misperception that America governs “from the middle”, politically-speaking. Although, in a sense, this is an accurate statement, what constitutes “the middle” in today’s terms is anything but.

THE “IDEOLOGICAL SEE-SAW”

In a “perfect” political/legislative world, a balance is maintained through a balanced mix of Left-wing and Right-wing politics:

The idea is that, with people battling from both ends of the spectrum, the middle is eventually achieved.

However, until the 2010 mid-term elections, no semblance of balance existed. The current political landscape is the result of 50+ years of effort by Liberals coupled with equal contributions from a complacent “Right” and increasingly Liberal GOP. With cries of “racism”, “homophobia”, “gender phobia”, “bigot”, and all other manner of dispersion, Liberals have cowed the right into moving toward the political center. Meanwhile, Liberals have consolidated their base and moved it from center-Left to far-Left. With these positions now firmly established, ANY movement from the Right has resulted in a far more left-of-center “balance”: the new “Center”. And, as time and legislation passes, the political landscape moves ever more to the Left, constantly re-establishing an ever-more Leftist “Center”.

And, given enough time (and Conservative complacency), the “Center” will be nearly indistinguishable from “far-Left”:

As you can see, given the reality of the new Center, actual, TRUE balance is impossible to achieve.

BUT, with the 2010 mid-term elections, the actual, true “Center” has, again, become a theoretical possibility. With the rise of “The Tea Party”, Congress has in place the means to reestablish the true center ground:

Liberals, of course, have responded with cries of “Right-wing extremism”, “racism”, “bigotry”, “homophobia”, etc.

Time will tell, beginning with the 2011 Congress, whether the “Center” begins to move toward the actual “Center”, thereby achieving true balance. One thing is for sure, though: it was the activism of ordinary Americans who set this stage and it will be ordinary Americans who achieve the actual, true center. In the past, we voted for a person, then immediately ignored our political system. THAT is why we are where we are today. And THAT is why we can no longer afford to be complacent, lest we lose our country to the ideological Left: the Statists, Progressives, Liberals, Marxists….in short, the Democratic Party.

Where the success of Conservatism is dependent on constant vigilance (and action if necessary), the success of Liberalism depends only on complacency.

Next: Part 2 (The Difference between Liberalism and Conservatism)


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