Conservatism. What does the word make you think of?
A strong holding to the traditional values that made America great.......
The complete antithesis to everything being pushed by The Regime (to quote my favorite talk show host!).....
Staunch Constitution worshipers......
Blind followers of the ideologies of the Tea Party.....
The list goes on and on and changes radically depending on who you're talking to.
For me personally, my definition has changed over the years. I used to think that conservatives where the "good guys" in our modern battle of right and wrong.....the last men standing against the tide of liberalism and socialism that threatens to overtake the west....the heroes....the smart ones.....and boy was I proud to call myself one!
Over time, I read and learned more, and changed my opinion. Republicans, conservatives, and the whole GOP lost my esteem as they continually voted for more liberal policies, compromised on principles, and slowly but surely became not-that-different than the leftists. The only difference was that they still called themselves "the right".
Everyone on the "good side" seemed to be striving to fix symptoms.....not problems.
But today, Conservatives gained back my respect a little bit. Michelle Malkin, after speaking at length about the ways that young people are being indoctrinated through our public school system, announced that she has recently started homeschooling her own children!
Jonah Goldberg, author and host on Fox News, made the statement that the reason American civil society is crumbling is due to a "father crisis", and a "destruction of the nuclear family".
Wow! Am I hearing this right? Conservatives are saying that the main problem, and as such - the solution, lies not in government or more regulations, but in a healing and reconstruction of the family.
The other surprising thing, and something that is relatively new, is that conservatives are starting to really revolt against the GOP. They have seen that "Republicans" are really no better than "Democrats" at this point, and are much more open to the idea of a third party or other alternatives.
They still have issues that I would disagree with, but on the whole, I was encouraged and slightly hopeful again.
Now I'm off to go watch some more Michelle Malkin videos......... :) :) :)