UPDATE: For Romney Delegates: A Paulian Manifesto, final draftSubmitted by dabooda on Thu, 08/16/2012 - 22:32
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An urgent inspirational message for all Republican delegates to the Tampa Convention from Conservative America. And your chance to win a prize . . .
OUR CONSERVATIVE TRADITION
"A man who is not a liberal when he is 20 has no heart. A man who is not a conservative when he is 30 has no brain.” A saying variously attributed to Georges Clemenceau, Winston Churchill, François Guizot, Disraeli, and George Bernard Shaw."
The Great Divide: Conservatism and Liberalism
Most of us, whether we consider ourselves "conservatives" or "liberals," have friends or family members "on the other side." And we know that most people, both conservatives and liberals, are well-meaning folks. They want only good things for their friends, their families, their countrymen, and for the world. They want only peace, justice and prosperity for others. But they disagree on how to accomplish this.
The liberal sees government as the Great Nanny of Society, charged with these duties:
- To make sure everyone gets everything they really need,
- To settle all their quarrels,
- To protect them from anything that might hurt them,
- And to stop them from doing anything naughty.
Liberals are compassionate, caring folk who believe that some Authority greater than ourselves is needed to take care of us all -- and that is Government. Government must be more than a referee who will stop people from harming innocents and who will arbitrate disagreements. Government must always act "for the greater good," to solve all the problems faced by "society." Liberals are "collectivists" in the sense that they believe that the interests of some collective -- call it "society" or "the nation" -- must always take precedence over the interests of mere individuals.
Conservatives, on the other hand, understand that most adults are perfectly capable of providing for their own needs. Conservatives, for the most part, are individualists who know that words like "government" and "society" are only words, abstract concepts which describe some number or organization of individuals. But only individuals actually exist. Only individuals can act to create prosperity or to solve any problem. The men who call themselves "government" are not a "higher authorities," gifted with greater knowledge or ability than mere individuals; they are just individuals like the rest of us. Their only distinction is their arrogant assumption that they know what "the people" need better than each individual knows his own needs, goals and desires.
Conservatives believe that the only "higher Authority" individuals may acknowledge is their God. Only when one is free to follow ones own moral conscience, free to live ones life according to ones own judgment, and free to keep the fruits of ones own labor -- only then will we be free to take pride in our lives and our worth as human beings. As individualists, conservatives believe in freedom and self reliance, and they understand the moral virtue in each person being responsible for his own life. Conservatives don't need a government to be their nanny, from cradle to grave. All they want from government is protection against robbers, con-men and foreign invaders, and to have a peaceful means of resolving disputes among themselves.
The Constitution of the United States was written to give us this kind of government, and nothing more. The first ten Amendments called the Bill of Rights were written to forbid and restrain the men in government from taking on themselves more powers than they were explicitly granted by the men who WON those rights for us, in the Revolutionary War that birthed our Republic.
As the Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their CREATOR, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed"
Our Republic was founded by men who simply wanted government to protect our lives, our property, and our individual freedom to lead our own lives for our own purposes. The founders were not little boys looking for a nanny to supervise their lives. They were not beggars looking for someone to give them charity. They were not thieves, looking for a way to transfer someone else's hard-earned wealth to their own pockets. They were proud, self-reliant men who knew they could take care of themselves by their own hard work and honest trade. Their conservative tradition is our Republican tradition today.
Why people become liberals
Why is it that so many of our children turn into liberals? What leads them to believe that the only ways by which human beings can deal with one another are begging, bullying, stealing -- or government edict? Why can't they understand that being productive, trading our services and our products to others in a free market, is how we must earn our livings? We try to bring them up right, yet they never seem to learn to be self-responsible. And they always seem to come to the liberal viewpoint that if government doesn't order people do do something, it won't get done. Why?
Well, that's what we've taught them is true in their own lives.
In all the rich countries of the world, our children grow up depending on us, their parents, for all their needs. We feed them, shelter them, clothe them, we teach them to talk, and we love them.
Everything they have in their lives is a gift from us, or from their relatives.
A child may not learn for years that his needs and desires are not automatic claims on the wealth of his parents.
He is not expected to pay his own costs, and he is not allowed to be responsible for his own life.
Is it any wonder, that "self reliance" is an alien concept to our children? We have taught them to rely on us to support them and to make their choices for them -- for eighteen years.
Is it any wonder, that they develop an "entitlement" mentality? We have taught them that all their needs are our responsibility.
Is it any wonder, that some people never learn self-responsibility, and always look to some Authority to solve their problems? We have taught them that all a child needs to do is -- follow orders. We teach a child to be obedient to his parents and to his teachers and to his pastor and to anyone who works for Government. We teach him to obey Authority, and in return the Authority will give him whatever he needs or wants. He learns to depend on Authority, to guide his choices.
He learns to need it.
He learns to love it.
But turning a child into a passive little authority-worshiper is too big a job for parents to accomplish on their own. As it happens, they get a lot of help.
For hours every day, most children watch network television. They learn the culture of Hollywood and the morality of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. They learn the political issues of the day from liberal network newscasts. They learn that everything will be taken care of by the mysterious Authorities in Government. They soak in the mind-numbing noise, all of it laced with liberal cultural norms, for hours, passively sponging up whatever is said.
This is how our children learn our culture, and this is how many choose their role models. They learn that if you want to be really rich, professional sports is the way to go. Or dealing drugs. Or selling sex. Or winning a game show, like American Idol. And they learn that "bosses" and "landlords" and "businessmen" are all fools or villains.
Now, think very hard. Ask yourself: when was the last time you watched a TV show which focused on people working really hard to earn a good living at some honest, productive job? Nah, that was BOR-ING, you switched it back to American Idol!
Some children learn that they can get the things they want by stealing or by being a bully. No matter how many times a child is told that stealing or using force are wrong, he knows the truth. He knows that his parents and his government teachers use force -- against him -- all the time. And if stealing is so wrong, how come people who work for government can take anybody's money against their will, and just call it "taxes?" And besides, isn't everyone entitled to have whatever they need, even if they have to take it by force? Isn't that how government works?
We FORCE our children to attend government schools for thirteen years, which should prove to any smart kid that "freedom" is a myth, and that people in government can do ANYTHING they want, to anyone. No matter how many times we TELL our kids that we live in a "free" country, every child knows the truth that HE is not free. He knows he must obey every command given to him by his parents and by his schoolteachers until he is 18 years old -- and he can only hope that the mysterious adult powers-that-be will not draft him into the military after that.
And what do the government teachers in the government schools teach our children? They teach that "the country" -- by which they mean the government --is the highest social good. They teach that our individual lives are of value only insofar as they serve "the country" -- the government. “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." President John Kennedy may have been a true patriot and war hero, but his words have been used ever since to indoctrinate our children into the cult of liberal government-worship.
The government teachers teach our children their liberal, collectivist version of history, which says that every problem faced by mankind - from hunger to disease to old age -- is a problem for government to handle. You can go through thirteen years of government schooling and never hear the idea that people are responsible for their own actions and their own lives. Government owes us all a living, don't you know? If you can't manage on your own, the great, kindly government will look after you.
Our children become liberals because we conservatives have failed to practice what we believe:
- We believe in self responsibility, but we have failed to accept the responsibility of educating our own children.
- We believe in teaching conservative values to our children, but we allow government to choose our children's teachers.
- We believe in freedom, but we force our children to attend government schools for thirteen years.
- We believe in the free market, but we make our own children dependant on what they can beg from us or steal from others.
- We believe in teaching our children self-reliance and the value of productive work, but we have allowed the labor unions and their tame liberal politicians to forbid young people to work at real jobs.
- We believe in paying our own way, but we have given up our principles to get "free public education" for our children.
- We believe in raising our children to be upright and decent, but we use the sewer called "television" as a babysitter.
Our children become liberals, because we have failed them.
People become conservatives when learn three truths that liberals do not understand:
1. "Growing up" means making ones own choices and taking responsibility for the consequences.
- We become conservatives when we GROW UP, and accept the responsibility for choosing the course our lives will follow.
- We become conservatives when we decide to pay our own costs and take our own chances.
- We become conservatives when we discover that most people get what they want from others by trading goods and services -- and that free trade works much better than begging or stealing. It also works better than waiting for government to pass a law which will force some unwilling taxpayer to give them something they haven't earned and don't deserve.
- We become conservatives when we learn that earning our living by honest trade allows us to hold our heads up as free men, proud of earning our place in God's world.
2. Only individuals exist.
We become conservatives when we realize that all the words describing groups and organizations and numbers of people are just words.
- Only individuals exist,
- Only individuals can act, or think, or plan,
- Only individuals have rights.
- Only individuals are responsible to provide for themselves or for their families.
- Only individuals can practice charity -- and the only charity they can practice is the giving of their own property. A politician who gives away property not his own does not practice charity, but theft.
The liberal, on the other hand, believes that "society" really exists, and that society, not individuals, must be responsible for charity, for raising children, for providing for aging parents, and even for providing for themselves. These are group obligations of the state. Where the conservative expects to pay his own way, the liberal wants the government to handle everything, and send the tax bill to "the rich."
Liberals love big government. They worship it. They believe it is the only way that "society" can solve all its problems.
Conservatives do not share that faith. They see government as the creator of more problems than it solves. They believe that freedom of choice will lead to the best solution of social and economic problems. Millions of ideas and efforts, each subject to trial and error and competition – in which the best solution becomes obvious by comparing its results to all others – that process will produce results that are far superior to what can be achieved by a group of politicians or a committee of liberal elitists. Conservatives believe that freedom works.
By contrast, liberals do not trust freedom. They are afraid of freedom. They are convinced that freedom may be all right in small matters such as what color socks you want to wear, but when it come to the important issues such as the money supply, banking practices, investments, insurance programs, health care, education, and so on, freedom will not work. These things, they say, simply must be controlled by the government. Otherwise there would be chaos.
There are two reasons for the popularity of that concept. One is that most of us have been educated in government schools, and that’s what we were taught. The other reason is that government is the one group that can legally force everyone to participate. It has the power of taxation, backed by jails and force of arms to compel everyone to fall in line, and that is a very appealing concept to the intellectual who pictures himself as a social engineer. Liberals say, “We must force people to do what we think they should do, because they are too dumb to do it on their own. We, on the other hand, have been to school. We’ve read books. We are informed. We are smarter than those people out there. If we leave it to them, they are going to make terrible mistakes. So, it is up to us, the enlightened ones. We shall decide on behalf of society and we shall enforce our decisions by law so that all the stupid people will not be allowed to make the choices we know are wrong for them. We are smart enough to run our own lives, but they are not. Fortunately for them, we know more about what is good for them than they know themselves. We are not only smart enough to run our own lives, we are smart enough to run theirs."
Liberals are so smart that they believe “society” is more important than mere individuals. And only they are smart enough to know what is best for “society.”
3. Using coercion against innocent people is wrong.
- We become conservatives when we put our moral belief that each individual is responsible for his own life, together with our knowledge that only individuals exist, and conclude that government may not -- morally -- do anything it would be improper for an individual to do.
- We become conservatives because it is not right for government to steal from one man to give the money to another.
- We become conservatives because it is not right for government to murder people who have offered us no harm.
- We become conservatives because it is not right for government to regulate how free and peaceable individuals choose to deal with one another, so long as no theft, injury or fraud is comitted.
Because only individuals exist, the individuals who call themselves "government" have no special wisdom or moral authority to dictate to other men how to conduct their peaceable dealings with one another.
As Thomas Jefferson said, "A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
And as Ronald Reagan said, "If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth."
Freedom is the great and guiding principle of conservatism.
Our freedom is not a gift from government.
The rights to life, liberty and property are our natural rights, endowed by our Creator.
Conservatives understand that government does not bestow rights upon us; government is merely our agent, charged with defending our rights against those who would rob, defraud or injure us, and against foreign enemies who would injure or subjugate us -- and nothing more!
As set forth in our Constitution, our government’s only legitimate function is to protect our natural, God-given rights.
Government is not our business partner,
or our insurance agent,
or our doctor
or our banker
or our children's teacher.
Government is not our financial advisor
or our babysitter,
or our retirement planner,
Government is not our Mommy or our Daddy.
Government is a hired gun who is charged by his employer with only one job: to restrain men from injuring one another.
And WE! are his employer.
It is OUR duty to keep our employees from using their guns to commit the very evils they are supposed to prevent.
That is why our Constitution was written, and why the most important part of it is the Bill of Rights. Like the Ten Commandments, the Bill of Rights was written to be a list of "Thou shalt nots", limiting the power delegated to the government by the people.
As Ronald Reagan put it, "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?"
And of all the Rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights, the most important is the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, which was specifically written to prevent our public servants from becoming our public masters. Our guns are our last defense against the men who forswear their oath to uphold the Constitution, and try to make themselves tyrants above the law.
The Second Amendment was not written to protect the rights of deer hunters; it was written to ensure that free men would always have the means -- the military-grade weapons! -- to fight would-be tyrants on equal terms.
The conservative dream is not of an all-powerful government controlling every aspect of our lives.
Our vision is one of individual liberty, of free men making their own choices to control of their own lives, their own destinies.
Our liberty is not a gift from our government. It is your birthright as a free man to:
- Raise and educate your children as you see fit.
- Defend yourself and your family with whatever weapons you choose.
- Keep the money you have earned honestly, or spend it for your own purposes.
- Use your own property as you see fit
- Work for your own goals, and take your own chances
- Be treated like a grownup who can pay for your own mistakes, not expecting other citizens to pay for your bad judgment.
How liberal government actually works
Compassion is the great virtue of liberals, and the great vice of liberal governments.
To the liberals, government is a substitute for parental authority. They expect government to resolve all the problems that irresponsible children – or irresponsible adults– cannot handle. Government then becomes the tool of their liberal compassion. And so, every ill that besets mankind must be attacked by government as a War on this or that.
This is the thinking at the root of the great liberal crusades of our time: Prohibition, the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, the War to End War (that was WWI), the War on Smoking, the War for "Equal Rights" being fought on various fronts -- There is a War against Racism, a War against Sexism, and other Wars against Discrimination too many to count. And never forget the huge government bureaucracies charged with fighting the liberals' Wars on improvidence, hunger and ill-health, otherwise known as Social Security, Food Stamps, Medicare and now Obamacare.
But those of us who are a little older or a little wiser know that when people in government wish to practice charity, they must get the money from -- ultimately -- the taxpayers. So in the name of charity, government proceeds to steal money from innocent taxpayers, if necessary at gunpoint and under threat of imprisonment. Ironically, many of the taxpayers who must pay for the government's "generosity" may be in worse condition than the people government proposes to "help." Think of rich homeowners in Malibu getting special government loans to rebuild their multi-million dollar homes after mudslides or wildfires. Think of incompetent and dishonest bankers who get "bailed out" with taxpayer money when they lose the bank's money. Think of giant agricultural firms receiving farm subsidy money to produce genetically modified “food” that is not fit to eat. The list is endless, and one has to wonder how many of the recipients of government largess are actually impoverished -- and how many just have effective lobbyists.
Conservatives understand this. Liberals do not.
Has any of these continuing liberal crusades enjoyed ANY success? Or has government merely constructed enormous, inefficient bureaucracies which only make every problem worse? And except for Prohibition, has Government ever acknowledged that some "War" was a failure which should never have been started in the first place?
Once again, Ronald Reagan got it right: "Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this Earth."
Once established, has any government bureaucracy ever won a War on some social problem? Or have the bureaucracies tasked with the problems grown larger every year? This answer should not surprise us: bureaucrats are simply looking after their own interests. If they ever succeed at their stated mission, they would be out of work! Why be surprised that they never succeed?
People in the private sector earn their money by selling consumers goods and services that they desire, and if they fail in that task, they lose their jobs. Government bureaucrats, on the other hand, get paid whether they fail or not – and the more they fail, the more they will be paid to combat "the growing social problem!"
The liberal never understands that the failure of government programs is inevitable, because the programs are designed never to succeed. They are designed only to grow, to consume more resources, and to employ more bureaucrats. The liberal never understands that "government solutions" to social problems always make things worse.
Now the liberals tell us that we must support new Wars. We must wage War on Global Warming, despite dubious evidence that such a phenomenon actually exists, that is is actually caused by human action, or that it would be a bad thing if it did exist.
We must wage War on Illiteracy (call it "No Child Left Behind"), despite the fact that before Government demanded a monopoly on educating children in the 1840’s, Americans were the most literate people on earth, with a literacy rate over 95 percent. And today, thanks to our great public education system, fewer than 70% our high school graduates can read their own diplomas.
We must wage War on Obesity, to control what and how much people are allowed to eat.
We must wage War on Secrecy, because only terrorists need to fear having government snooping at will through their bank records and monitoring every click of their Internet use. If you object to that, YOU must be a terrorist! Anyone who objects to something called "The Patriot Act" must surely be the opposite of a Patriot!
No doubt many of these Wars do address real problems. What distinguishes a liberal from a conservative is whether or not he believes government is the proper tool to fight the problem. Where the liberal charges madly at every dragon in sight, a conservative pauses to count the cost -- not only the monetary cost, but also the cost in liberty.
The Conservative Ideal of Government
In his 1963 acceptance speech as the Republican nominee for President, Barry Goldwater said,
"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 -- And beyond that, we see, in cherished diversity of ways, diversity of thoughts, of motives and accomplishments. We don't seek to lead anyone's life for him. We only seek to secure his rights, guarantee him opportunity to strive, with government performing only those needed and constitutionally sanctioned tasks which cannot otherwise be performed.
“This Republican Party is a Party for free men, not for blind followers, and not for conformists.
“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
Conservatives understand that all men are individuals, and the men who call themselves “government” have no special power to do things which we cannot do for ourselves, except only one: only the men in government have the power to use force against others, without legal consequence. And of all the ways by which men may deal with one another, force is the very worst. Force means using threats and using guns to make a man do what he will not do willingly. So understand this clearly: government is not the friend of liberty. Your liberty to do as you choose ENDS when government drafts a law forcing you to do what you are told. That is why the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were written by the Founding Fathers. They wanted to restrain government from destroying the liberty they sought for themselves, and for us, their descendants and the heirs of their conservative tradition.
Conservative laws -- and liberal laws
Conservatives understand that some laws are necessary and proper:
- those which prevent men from injuring one another,
- those which prevent men from stealing from or defrauding one another.
- those which provide for the common defense.
- and those which allow men to peaceably settle their disputes in court.
But most laws are not of this sort. Most laws are crafted by "liberals" to enforce some notion of "social justice" or "public welfare" which always seems to mean: "special privileges for special interest groups."
And those laws accomplish the exact opposite of the good laws:
- Bad laws allow some men to injure innocent others with impunity.
- Bad laws punish people for "crimes" which have injured no one.
- Bad laws steal from some men and give what is stolen to others.
- Bad laws have turned courts of law into courts of lawyers, giving the legal profession the power to plunder productive people at will.
Government has the rightful power to defend our freedom against those who threaten us with harm or fraud. The liberal would grant it more powers, which are actually destructive of freedom. A government which wishes to protect people from the consequences of their own improvidence, laziness, lack of foresight, or plain stupidity must do so by forcibly taking wealth away from those who have been thrifty, hard-working, wise and clever. But if men are to be penalized for their virtues and rewarded for their sins, what sort of society will grow from the seeds we are planting?
The kindly liberals believe that it is government's job to give the people whatever they need. But if one man's need entitles him to raid another man's checkbook, through government taxes and redistribution, there will be no end of "needs." When "needs" are more important than property rights, men must continually fight the government to defend what is theirs from all the claims of "need." Or one must use government as a weapon to advance ones own claims of need, to ensure that one gets any benefit at all from living in society. In either case, every identifiable "group" must war against all the others, for a share of the taxes government seizes from us to redistribute. Liberalism makes every group the enemy of every other group.
Conservatives have a different idea, one based on the idea that government should serve your liberty -- not your needs. "Liberty" means the freedom to make your own choices. By moral right, each of us has:
- the freedom to do anything that does not harm others,
- the freedom to sell any service or product to any willing buyer, on any terms that are mutually agreeable,
- the freedom to keep the fruits of your labors, or spend them as you choose.
- the freedom to worship as you choose, and educate your children as you choose.
- the freedom to practice charity as you choose, for only such causes as you consider worthy.
But with these freedoms comes responsibility:
- You may act as you choose, but you are NOT free to escape the consequences of bad choices.
- If you squander your earnings and find yourself destitute, you will NOT be entitled to use the government's tax collectors to pay off your mistakes.
- If you can find anyone sympathetic to your plight, you may beg for private charity.
- Or you can learn that your life depends on making good choices, and straighten yourself out.
For free men, the virtues of hard work, thrift, foresight and wisdom are not only encouraged, they are the necessities of life. Because if you insist on making bad choices, you CAN kill yourself.
Self-responsibility is the price of freedom.
In The Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater wrote,
"The turn will come when we entrust the conduct of our affairs to the men who understand that their first duty as public officials is to divest themselves of the power that they have been given. It will come when Americans, in hundreds of communities throughout the nation, decide to put the man in office who is pledged to enforce the Constitution and restore the Republic. Who will proclaim in a campaign speech: '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 the old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in 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 their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.'
Republican delegates, you hold it in your power to make -- or break -- the Republican Party. In recent years, our party has lost its way and betrayed the conservatives who are its heart. We are become a party run by so-called “neoconservatives” To advance a liberal agenda of world domination, and unlimited Executive power, far indeed from our conservative tradition of limited, Constitutional Government and respect for individual rights.
We conservative Republicans are not stupid. We know we have been betrayed of our rights and of our national sovereignty. We know that our economy has been “outsourced” to Asia, and that the global bankers of the Federal Reserve have debased our currency to just 3% of the value it had before the Fed was established. Many of us have already left the party by simply sitting out elections.
We are tired of being told that we must always vote for one more "lesser evil."
We are tired of lying politicians who speak of freedom while shredding the Constitution and giving away our national sovereignty to international bankers and globalist organizations.
You, our Conservative delegates, hold it in your power to return America to Constitutional limited government, to sound, non-inflatable currency, to peace with all nations, and to prosperity. The answer to our country’s present woes is not more and bigger government, more wars, more TSA airport gropers, more socialism, more bailouts, more government spending, more regulations or more controls. The answer is -- freedom. At the beginning of this message, I promised you a chance to win a prize. And so you do: YOU have a chance to WIN a free country! Go ahead, laugh. But it’s true.
One candidate understands these principles, and has fought for them all his life. Do you have the guts to join him?
For the sake of your own future,
your children’s future,
the future of your country,
the hope of the world --
please choose wisely.