Sunday, March 08, 2009

What is Conservatism?

Ever wonder what a Conservative is? What is it that motivates Conservatives? What principles underlie the philosophy of Conservatism that gets translated into policies developed by the Republican Party? What is the difference between Conservative and Republican?

I asked those questions nearly eight years after admitting that I am a Conservative and couldn't adequately answer the questions. When I was 14, I was still trying to figure out if I was the opposite sex, or she was. Jonathon Krohn at 14 has already written a book called "Define Conservatism" that simply and clearly spells out what he believes are the core principles of the Conservative movement. At 86 pages, it's more like the pamphlets published at the Nation's founding which proved to be so influential the Colonial government of King George III fell into revolution.

Krohn's book is unlikely to be of such Earth shaking consequence, but it can begin the education of younger minds and many older minds, too. His presentation at the recent CPAC with an adult audience certainly demonstrates the kid has "... got staying power,” to quote Bill Bennett in the New York Times. Lest you think it a big step for the NYT to feature a story on a young, bright, Conservative be aware NYT put the story in the Fashion & Style section as if to say, "Isn't that cute."

Did you get that? Conservatism is not the Republican Party; that is just the shell. Conservatism is the principle without which you only have "feelings and romanticism."

At the core of Conservatism are four principles:
1) Respect for the Constitution
2) Respect for life
3) Less government
4) Personal responsibility
Simple enough. And diametrically opposed to today's Liberal political philosophy.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

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