CONSERVATIVE, LIBERAL, or PROGRESSIVE???


I have been asked, “Are you a conservative, liberal, or progressive?”  I said, “In a strict non-political sense I probably am all three, but in a political sense I am a constitutional conservative.”  Those asking did not particularly like my qualifier.  The question has frequently caused me to do some introspection and examination of the political climate and thinking in America.  Definitions are often fluid and adapted to accommodate a particular point of view of desire at any given time, so I am careful when I attempt to define the three terms in my title. 

I have heard people on the political right argue that the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, would obliterate conservativism.  I contended and contend that Mr. Trump’s election did not destroy conservativism but made it stronger.  If conservatism is destroyed or being destroyed, that destruction began long before Mr. Trump’s entrance into the political arena as a candidate. 

I would argue that the demise of our Constitutional Republican form of Government has been in the works for over 100 years.  I also contend that some key elements have helped propel us toward Progressivism and destruction.  I believe that those took place during the early part of the last century with the passage and ratification of the 16th and 17th Amendments to our American Constitution. 

Some suggest that in a very strict and literal sense, conservatism is opposition to drastic change and embraces caution and prudence, two things that politicians seem to be devoid of.  Conservativism, depending on what country you live in and the particular subject matter embodies varied and frequently very different definitions. 

If we debate the differences between American conservativism and progressivism, we can find some glaring differences.  It is my view, that American Progressives, at their core, reject the vision our founding fathers had for America and that which the framers of the constitution fought so diligently to provide.  They reject the idea that the Constitution is a safeguard for personal freedom and liberty.  They desire an All-Powerful Government in which it is powerful enough to and capable of ‘fundamentally transforming’ America by controlling Americans and our institutions. 

They have evolved from simply wanting Socialized Medicine in America to wanting an America that has socialized medicine, no borders, transgender bathrooms, censorship, mind-control, and government-mandated business practices.  They, like Barack Obama and Joe Biden, believe that America must be ‘fundamentally transformed’ because America was NEVER great or good.  They see the constitution as a hindrance rather than a safeguard and therein is a major difference in Liberals and Progressives as compared to Conservatives. 

Back to my point of the 16th and 17th Amendments is a major factor in the advancement of the Progressive Political Ideology and the demise of our Constitutional Republican Form of Government.  The Sixteenth Amendment opened a door that has allowed the bureaucracy of the federal government to grow into such a behemoth that it is insatiable and uncontrollable.  This amendment states: “The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.” 

Daniel Webster and John Marshall comprehended the terribleness of taxation.  Mr. Webster argued against it in the case of McCulloch v Maryland.  He said, “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy.”  That warning and revelation went unheeded as this amendment was adopted on February 3, 1913. Both the 16th & 17th amendments were ratified in 1913 and they mark the beginning of the end of limited federal government.

In contrast to the bloody revolutions of progressives in other nations, the American progressives have largely resisted the pleas of such men as Bill Ayers who have called for a bloody revolution to overthrow the system of government they hate.  The American Progressives have heretofore taken the political approach of slow erosion.  That slow erosion has now become a runaway freight train traveling at breakneck speed down the path of destruction that includes violence in 2021. They have advanced the idea of a Living Constitution which allows them to modify, misinterpret, misconstrue, and misapply the words of that document as presented by the framers. 

Conservativism is, in a real sense, rooted in the idea and desire of restoring the Founders’ and Framers’ idea of America in which our inalienable rights are protected and defended.  It is based upon the pillars that our liberty must be preserved in the United States of America and by the government. 

We desire Limited Government, fiduciary integrity, and government frugality, and a government in which we are afforded all our constitutional and God-given rights and privileges without infringement by the federal government.  Government is not the provider of those rights and we should always warily remember the words normally attributed to Thomas Jefferson, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.”

If we allow the water of liberalism and progressivism to continue dripping on the rock of our constitution it will eventually erode it to the point that it is impotent.  We dare not let that happen and if we make our focus and fight personalities rather than preserving America, we will facilitate the attack.  I pray that we reject that tendency and temptation and RISE TO FIGHT FOR AMERICA!

The Biden Administration represents and reflects the Obama agenda on steroids.  The tyrannical use of Executive Orders and the steamrolling by the Democrat-controlled Congress to force-feed us their toxic brand of liberalism is destructive.  I am not sure what we can do short of a revolution, but I pray that we will find the ability and courage to put pressure on our elected officials to stand for America, the American people, and the Constitution.  I pray that we will, as a people, return to the LORD and those who are believers will make 2 Chronicles 7:14 the cornerstone of their daily lives.  I trust God not the government and as I view the situation, I am convinced that ONLY GOD can change this and preserve America.  However, we must be willing to stand in the Gap and make up the hedge.

God, bless you and God bless America!

CONSERVATIVE, CONSTITUTIONALIST, ORIGINALIST, and CHRISTIAN…


What is that animal?  Is there such a creature in existence?  Am I one?  Are you one?  Those are all valid questions and I’m sure that some will insist you cannot be a Christian and the other three.  I am equally convinced that others will argue that embracing the other three is the only way you can be a Christian.  Some will find what I am advocating justification to disassociate from me and it will resonate with others. In today’s political climate it is difficult to maintain your ideological views if you consider yourself a Conservative Constitutionalist Originalist Christian.  It is not always black and white or yes/no process.  There are times each of those provides a measure of conflict for the others depending on the situation. 

Thus, I am challenged with the task of articulating why I consider myself a Conservative who is a believer in the Constitution, an Originalist, and a Christian.  I am first and foremost a Christian, the other three ideological positions are filtered through my Christian beliefs.  I have been challenged by some who believe they are what I profess to be and insist that those descriptors cannot be applied to me because I voted for or will vote for President Donald Trump.  I adamantly disagree, but we all have our points of view and from those views, we filter all we say, do, and believe. 

Before, I address the Christian dynamics of my position let me take these one at a time divide them into four divisions and look at them individually and then collectively.  I do not anticipate that my attempt to articulate my position will dramatically impact others, but hopefully, it will provide food for thought.  Hopefully, it will reveal the need to embrace the need to allow everyone to formulate their own views and express them without fearing a personal attack.  We can and should be able to disagree without deeming those dissenting from our views as mortal enemies.

I view myself as a Conservative in almost everything.  I don’t like the common definition of conservatism but offer it and then my definition of what I view a conservative to be.  The Dictionary defines conservatism as: “the commitment to traditional values and ideas with opposition to change or innovation.”  I find another definition more palatable, “Conservatism is a political and social philosophy promoting traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization. … Conservatives seek to preserve a range of institutions such as religion, parliamentary government, and property rights, with the aim of emphasizing social stability and continuity.”  Conservatism is not opposed to change but does oppose change for change’s sake and change that moves us away from our moral moorings and constitutional foundation.

I am a fiscal conservative and find that both parties have abandoned the view of limited spending, reducing the deficit, and reducing the size and scope of the federal government.  Big Government is anathema to the views of the Founding Fathers as revealed in their wording of our Constitution.  I would argue that it is difficult, if not impossible to be a liberal (as is reflected today) and believe in the Constitution. 

The Founding Fathers provided the clear wording of the Constitution to prevent the federal government from becoming the behemoth it has become.  They ardently desired that “we the people” be the owners and managers of the government.  They desired that the individual states would maintain a high level of autonomy and that both ‘States Rights’ and ‘Individual Rights’ would be religiously defended and protected.  That is not what we see today and those following the brand of liberal political ideology of today want the opposite.  One definition of constitutionalism is, “a compound of ideas, attitudes, and patterns of behavior elaborating the principle that the authority of government derives from and is limited by a body of fundamental law”.

The word ‘constitution’ implies that we embrace a set of rules or norms which structure and define the limits of government power and authority.  Former President Barack Obama lamented that the American Constitution was ‘too restrictive’ and was a document of ‘negative liberties.’  He explained that he was referring to its power to prevent the federal government and him from doing whatever they wanted.  Thank God, he at least acknowledged it, albeit he and most of the politicians ignore its restraints.  The Tenth Amendment was not a space filler, it was intended to have teeth and preserve the autonomy of the several states and thereby ‘we the people.’

I believe in the Constitution and not only do I believe it must be the Law of the Land, I believe it must be interpreted in light of the Original Intent of the Founders.  That would make me an Originalist.  Discerning the ‘original intent’ is not always easy to determine, but possible.  Some things are clearly defined in the Constitution and those things that are absent should always be left to the individual states to decide.  Politicians have damaged our Constitution and the Original Intent dramatically with laws, edicts, regulations, restrictions, and even amendments designed to empower the FED not protect the people and the Republic.  That is an indefensible position for a Constitutional Originalist.

I have been challenged by some who claim to be devotees to the Constitution and believers in Originalism but are willing to vote for the Democrats over Trump because of personal animus toward him.  They claim that he is so vile and has done such damage to the Republic and the Constitution he must be ousted and destroyed. They argue, usually with no data or facts.  Hate is a powerful thing, but it is sometimes devoid of reason and requires the hater to ignore facts and truth. 

I ask, “How can a Conservative, Constitutional Originalist vote for a candidate or party that seeks to shred the Constitution?”  The idea that the federal government has the power to decide our 1st Amendment Rights, the extent of our Religious Freedom, and our right to personal property or self-defense is anathema to the Constitution and the Original Intent of the Founders.  One of the reasons we rebelled against the British Crown in 1776 was the repressiveness of the King’s edicts and taxation without representation.  Today, the followers of today’s brand of toxic liberalism are repressive and seek to tax and spend us into oblivion.  How as a Conservative, follower of the Constitution, and believer in the Original Intent vote for them?  I Cannot!

Finally, I am a Christian who believes in the Constitution and the interpretation of that document through the lens of Original Intent and am a Conservative.  That places me in a position where I must filter everything I think, say, and do through my grid of faith and the Bible.  I care for the poor and at the same time expect people to provide for themselves wherever and whenever possible.  I want everyone to have access to adequate healthcare but do not believe that universal healthcare provides that.  I want everyone to be able to keep what they have earned or inherited.  It is theirs and they are free to do with it what they please. 

As a Christian, when it comes to politics, I view all matters that directly impact my faith or that are directly impacted by my faith and decide upon the candidate or party I can and will support.  I believe in Life and therefore am opposed to abortion, especially abortion on demand.  I believe that life begins in the womb and that before conception God knew and planned the design of that life. You may disagree, but that is my faith view.  Therefore, I cannot and will not vote for a candidate that advocates abortion and especially abortion on demand. 

I believe in Family and that marriage is to be between one man and one woman, not people of the same sex.  I base that on the writings of both the Old and New Testaments.  I believe there are two genders, male and female not hundreds.  You may disagree and if so, you will have to take that up with God.  I shudder to think of standing before God and telling Him that I had a sex change operation because He blew it when he created me.  I believe in loving everyone and being as tolerant as possible.  However, when it comes to the person or persons, I want in charge of running the government I want the sovereignty of America preserved and protected, traditional moral values upheld, the lives of the innocent protected, and our inalienable rights recognized and honored.

I consider myself a Conservative Constitutional Originalist Christian and my view of what has transpired over the past 12 to 20 years in our government is troubling.  The past 3 ½ has caused me to believe that Trump became president to give America a chance to return to our Constitutional principles and preserve our freedoms and liberties including our religious liberty and freedom.  He is no saint and has kinks in his armor like all of us, but compared to what we have had, I view him more compatible with my views than the other offerings. 

My long rant may resonate with you or irritate you, but it is my view and I approve this message.  If you find it justification to disassociate with me, I can accept that.  If you find it cause to join the cause I fight for and defend Faith, Family, and Freedom I welcome you.

God bless you and God bless America!