The dilemma of Liz Cheney gives us an opportunity to assess who we are. We are so conditioned to accept labels as definitions of the core beliefs of a person. In politics, we must look at actions and votes.
The people on the left are far better attuned to placing people in power who actually hold the beliefs of their party. The Democrat party has for many years identified with the collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive) movement. The collectivist beliefs in big, dominant, and controlling government. A collectivist has never seen a government program it did not like if it means that the government gains more power to tell the individual how they must live their life and how they must think.
The collectivist also believes that there should be no such thing as private property. All property must be under the control of the collective and it is the collective who decides who will receive what. They believe what is received must be based on need and loyalty to the collective. Rewards are a part of capitulation to and conformity to the dictates of the party.
The Democrat party adheres to these same fundamentals when choosing those for leadership positions. In the Democrat party, a person who does not conform totally to the collectivist philosophy is ostracized and demonized until they conform, and if they do not conform they are removed or eliminated.
The Republican party does not use these same standards. The standards the Republicans use for choosing leaders seems to be based more on personal likeability and longevity than any other criteria. The Republican party would have people believe it is a conservative party and yet they have chosen liberals such as John McCain and Mitt Romney to be their presidential candidates. They have retained Mitch McConnell as their leader in the Senate. They have had the likes of John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and now Kevin McCarthy as their leader in the house. Liz Cheney was also placed into house leadership, but only after declaring she holds no conservative beliefs publicly, is she going to be removed.
What we conservatives must remind ourselves of constantly, is just what is a conservative. If you understand our Constitution, you understand the basics of conservative beliefs. Our Constitution protects the people from the tyranny of government. It does this by limiting the power of government, protecting individual liberty and freedom, and divesting power. It does this by divesting power between the state governments and the federal government as well as between the branches of government.
To further define conservatism, I have included three quotes from the father of modern conservatism, Barry Goldwater. Please read these, reflect upon them, and come to understand them. I can think of nobody in Republican leadership today that could be called a conservative based on this criterion. It is primarily the last quote that allows me to make this statement.
“Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed. Their mistaken course stems from false notions of equality, ladies and gentlemen. Equality, rightly understood, as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences. Wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.”
“We see, in private property and in economy based upon and fostering private property, the one way to make government a durable ally of the whole man, rather than his determined enemy. We see in the sanctity of private property the only durable foundation for constitutional government in a free society. And beyond that, we see, in cherished diversity of ways, diversity of thoughts, of motives and accomplishments. We do not seek to lead anyone’s life for him – we seek only to secure his rights and to guarantee him opportunity to strive, with government performing only those needed and constitutionally sanctioned tasks which cannot otherwise be performed.”
“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' "interests," I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”
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