Thursday, November 22, 2012

Today I'm Thankful

Today I'm thankful for many more things than I could possibly list here in one setting.

To name a few, though, I'm thankful for my Lord Jesus Christ who loved me enough to lay down his life for my sins, even in my sinful and undeserving state.

I'm thankful for my country, America, which however challenged, I'm convinced is still the best place on Earth in which to live. 

I'm thankful for all of our faithful forefathers and martyrs who came before us, sacrificing so much to enable us to continue to live free and worship as we please, here in this country today.

I'm thankful for my church family and other friends who provide me with fellowship and encouragement on a regular basis. 

I'm thankful for my parents who nurtured me with wisdom and supplied me with the foundation I needed to build the rest of my life upon.

I'm thankful for my sister, her family, and all my extended family who have never failed to be not only family to me, but also great friends.

I'm thankful for the family of my own: my faithful, loving wife and my two precious little children who continue    to help me grow to be a better person with each passing day.

Today, I'm thankful, and I hope you are too.

God Bless 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What does it mean to be a Conservative?

With the political winds now blowing favorably for liberals, or "progressives" as they have more recently labeled themselves, another label, conservative, seems to have gained a negative connotation among some. 

Actually, there's really nothing negative about conservatism, at least compared to all other alternatives. 

First we should think about what conservatism actually is.

The first definition in Webster's Online Dictionary, by Wordnet, defines conservatism as "A political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes." The second definition, by Webster, defines the term as "The disposition and tendency to preserve what is established; opposition to change; the habit of mind; or conduct, of a conservative."  

Alright, I can already hear the static anti-establishment crowd, now. Relax. If conservatism means the preservation of an establishment, what is that establishment?

It obviously can't be any current establishment, or conservatives like myself would be silent and content with any political winds that blow through. The establishment that conservatives mean to preserve is that of our founding, including American first principles like contribution to society, independence from unnecessary assistance or control, common-sense in financial matters, honesty, free speech and religious practice, the pursuit of happiness, the protection of human life, and ultimately, reliance on God as the giver of all rights and possessions and provider of all needs.

In this dictionary, definitions for the terms, liberal or liberalism can't be found...hmm. The term, progressivism, however, can be found. As the first listed definition, Wordnet states, "The political orientation of those who favor progress toward better conditions in government and society." Well, that's a vague no-brainer. It's no secret that's how those who follow this philosophy want the rest of us to perceive it. But don't give up on me yet.

Moving down the list, there are more specific definitions of progressivism, such as for Economic Progressivism, defined as "...a political economic ideology that supports a progressive tax." But wait, there's more. It gets better.

Progressivism in the United States is defined as "...a cluster of political, activist, and media organizations ranging from left-liberal to democratic socialism." Oh, it's a cluster, alright.

Sold yet? Within the given definition for Social Progressivism, it is stated that this philosophy " generally supports same-sex marriage, birth control, and women's right to choose an abortion."

There are plenty of examples of progressive or liberal figures we could discuss. They're plastered all over NBC, CNN, CBS, and ABC on a daily basis. If you occasionally check up on these figures from news and commentary on FoxNews or talk radio, then double-check the facts next to other sources (especially official public records and statistics such as with the CBO) you'll likely see the hypocracy of these liberals. 

I'm much more interested, though, in the figures who have stood for conservatism, as we now understand it. In modern history, Ronald Reagan comes to mind as the most influential figure for conservatism in our lifetimes. He is often praised, myself included, as a great leader in this regard. But, what made him great?

He was a great conservative because he supported the same basic principles that our nation was founded upon. He might not have been great if it hadn't been for our founding fathers, whom he resembled, such as Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, etc.

These great men are now often misrepresented (even in public school textbooks), but always examples of what can be possible with little more than faith in our Creator and in his creation, when bound only by his will and the principles of his Word. 

To cite the "establishment" definition of conservatism, it does seem that the establishment that even many elected Republicans seek to preserve is the Republican Party itself, by any means necessary, and not our founding documents, principles, or conservatism. 

If this is true, they're going about this preservation in all the wrong ways; bowing down to the president and the liberal democrats in concession, just moments after the re-election of the president and others. 

Neither the Republican Party, while obviously our last organized hope in our government, nor conservatism or our republic will survive if this approach continues. That will only lead to an even more unified effort by our government to further raise taxes of the working people, redistribute those dollars to the non-workers, and further erode the constitutional rights and freedoms of the majority of American citizens. 

What we instead need to do, as conservatives, republicans, and as a nation is to hail back to those founding  principles, make our voices heard, and turn back to the God of the Bible, and first God of America, for help.

We can only accomplish this by first placing our trust on him, through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ, as the payment for our sins.

As of now, it's still my right to share this belief, my intention to do so more by the day, and my hope that you'll come to this belief while there's still time for you and for our country.

God Bless