Monday, February 13, 2012

Six Principles of Conservatism....

The Six (overlooked) Principles of Conservatism:

By R.J. Godlewski
© February 12, 2012, All Rights Reserved
The government should not force us to choose between violating our consciences or violating the law. And yet, the federal government has just dealt a heavy blow to the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.”
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, February 6, 2012
The sovereignty of our fundamental rights is under egregious attack from the political Left as they try to subvert the United States, our Constitution, and the natural laws bestowed upon us by our God. The only way that we can emerge victorious within this war, is to return America back to its founding principles. Principles of Conservatism that shepherd the thoughts and actions of all citizens of this great nation of ours. Only if we accept, as our solemn duty, the restoration of these six basic Conservative principles, will America recover from the damage thrust upon her by the secular Progressives and their invention of omnipotent government.
  • *  America is on loan from our future citizens. Our existence, even as citizens, is temporal. Our actions must always account for the future, for the generations yet to come have loaned us our nation and we owe them a great deal of gratitude for the honor and privilege. We must handle our finances ourselves without leaving them the obligation to pay for our excesses. We must ensure our security so that they may live lives surrounded by safety. We must shore our Constitution so that they may understand their own duty towards future generations; 
    Discipline. Discipline is the vehicle of excellence, the engine of human endeavors, and the very soul of the individual person. It safeguards the future. Without discipline, we destroy our lives through chaos, spend beyond our means, and fail to achieve the basic elements of survival. Instead of trying to accomplish all that we desire, we must concentrate on desiring all that we can accomplish. Discipline is not ensuring that all people can achieve the same goal; it represents ensuring that all people possess the opportunity to better themselves continuously; 
    Endorse Individuality, not Individualism. Inasmuch as discipline requires focusing one’s life on obtainable goals, individuality does not endorse doing whatever one wants. The concept of free will implies that we are free to live subject to the consequences of our actions. Individualism, in contrast, absolves humans from all concerns and therefore represents a reckless and sinister manifestation of liberty. Individuals acknowledge the gravity of their choices, contemplate the future effects of these choices, and shepherd their actions as if these choices preserve the power to damn the individual. Such individuals understand that they are personally responsible for the greater society they affect;
    Governments serve, God rules. Governments represent the consensual servants of human individuals. They listen to these individuals, reach consensus declarations based upon the needs and wants of these individuals, and, most of all, effectively and efficiently secure the survival of these individuals. Governments do not grant or remove natural rights, nor do they empower the born above the conceived. The rights of government and the elected subjugate to even the most impoverished individual conceived;
    Religion matters. Institutionalized religious faith both empowers and limits the human individual. Without a doctrine of faith, individuals succumb to the temptations of Individualism and seek to harm neighbors and visitors. Ordered religious faith prevents the individual from seeking undue profits at the expense of others while preventing the government from absolving the individual of the duty to contribute back to society. Religious faith permits the individual to offer freely with conscience;
    Human life represents the pantheon of Creation. The gravest duty of both individuals and institutions is to protect the dignity of human life from his or her conception on to their natural death. Chief amongst these protections is to ensure that the basic facet of society, the family, consisting of one man married to one woman, reigns free of government oversight. Governments must not interfere with the education, healthcare, and self-defense obligations of either the family or the individuals they rear.

May your heart be pure, may your heart be accurate, and may your heart be strong.
R.J. Godlewski

Is there something you seriously disagree with in these SIX PRINCIPLES OF CONSERVATISM?  Let us know...and tell us why.   Is there something by which we can act to ensure these six principles are heeded?  (I swiped this from Debbie at Right Truth.........couldn't resist having this at GeeeZ.  Thanks, Deb.)



Silverfiddle said...

They are a nice guide, but I like Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles better.

They are timeless and state the core of conservatism abstracted from any time, place or exigency.

But your list serves a purpose as well because it speaks to what's going on today. Anything that shakes conservatives (especially complacent ones) into examining what they believe and why is a good thing!

Ducky's here said...

As I stated to kick off Silverfiddle's thread to day, the idea of "natural rights" is absurd.

Today's Libertarian is nothing but an aberrant child still in thrall to Locke's cult of property.

Ducky's here said...

From Kirk - 1. First, the conservative believes that there exists an enduring moral order.


Leftists don't? Please stop the nonsense.

Ducky's here said...

Conservatives sense that modern people are dwarfs on the shoulders of giants


Could you have chosen a bigger pantload?

Ducky's here said...

Endorse Individuality, not Individualism


Yup, there's something solid.

Silverfiddle said...

Ducky: You are being absurd. Just because a philosophy or ideology holds a principle does not mean it does so exclusively.

You could probably find some principle that both Marx and Adam Smith share. Big deal.

You're being shifty, although your "pantload" argument is quite trenchant.

To my fellow conservatives: When Ducky quacks this loudly and leaves serial comments, it means the post has really cut him to the quick.

And when he forms such weak arguments, you know the post is a good one.

Sergeant D Honored Veteran said...

You put lots of thought into this post and you nailed it.

Debbie said...

Thanks for sharing, that's what R.J. Godlewski, the author, wanted.

Right Truth

Ducky's here said...

No Silverfiddle, I am not being absurd.

The national conversation right now is right wing yappers going on about their "true" family values, "traditional values, patriotic values to the exclusion of all others (the godless socialists).

I don't know if it applies to you personally but if you don't believe that many on the right believe themselves in singular possession of our "founding" values then you're foolish.

The entire game now is to demonize one another. Fail to notice areas of agreement and similarities and claim the moral high ground. It's freaking nonsense and it's killing the nation.

You do seem to be one who gives the Constitutional virtual biblical status.

Elmers Brother said...

Could you have chosen a bigger pantload?

We are the 99% work for you duhkkkturd?

Ducky's here said...

To my fellow conservatives: When Ducky quacks this loudly and leaves serial comments, it means the post has really cut him to the quick.

Sometimes for sure.

But at other times over at your place 'it's the fun of you walking into a straight right.

Elmers Brother said...

You're values shift with the breeze duhkkky, way more dangerous because no one knows who will be aborted, euthanized or slaughtered next.

Silverfiddle said...

Well Ducky, the constitution is the law of the land, so while I don't believe it to be divinely inspired, I do take it to an iron law that the state may not violate. If that makes me old fashioned, so be it.

I also don't engage in the partisan battles you allude to.

I do call out progressives because they are so anti-constitution, but I do not claim that I or my group have some kind of exclusive lock on anything.

The US Constitution: Let's follow it!

Can anyone disagree with that?

Z said...

DUcky, odd that you'd comment with this "The entire game now is to demonize one another. Fail to notice areas of agreement and similarities and claim the moral high ground. It's freaking nonsense and it's killing the nation." (By the way, I couldn't agree with you more)

Wait till you see my latest a matter of fact, I was going to post it later, but I'll do it now. What a tie-in.

As for the Constitution, could you show where any COnservative believes that ".... many on the right believe themselves in singular possession of our "founding" values"?

But, wait..first show me where the left shows its adhering to any of the founders' values. THat'd probably be a shorter and easier list to compile. Thanks.

Debbie, good, and thanks so much! xx

Sergeant..the kudos go to the author, I just nicked it from Debbie at Right Truth, but thanks!
I just saw a film which included a Major telling an underling "If it moves, salute it, if it doesn't, polish it!" I loved that and thought you might enjoy it. It's probably a long-time military adage but I'd never heard it before! :-)
And thank you for your service...

SF....I think that's true, about complacency.

Z said...

I think I'll post my next article, which answered so well Ducky's cries about demonization and shutting down communication,later...

I'm hoping more people read this one, first.

WomanHonorThyself said...

ah yes praying and being active are the keys Z!

Lisa said...

Conservative principles are what made this country great but now we have a government who wants to follow the principles of Western Europe and we see how well that's working out for them.
I prefer the power in the hands of the people not in the hands of progressives who think they can "talk the talk" but for sure cannot "walk the walk".

beakerkin said...

Beakerkins version

1) Peace through superior fire power

2) If commies oppose it do it

3) Drill everywhere

4) It is the publics money so spend it wisely

5) Less goverment more self reliance

6) Read the Crank Files between beers

Kid said...

I like point 3 in your list. True conservatives are far left socially. Meaning that we don't care what others do as long as it is legal, or even illegal in some cases, at least for me - and that We don't have to pay for their actions.

So, live with a sheep if you want, just take care of his/her vet bill yourself and your offspring.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Marriage is a Sacrament of the Christian faith and therefore, civil unions between same sex couples should not be called Marriage. That is an attack on someones religion whether they realize it or not.

Heterosexuals are a couple. Homosexuals are either gay or lesbian. I see no reason why they can't use their own word for a civil union also.

I think religion causes some people to think more often about their effect on others and may make them more considerate, but I don't see it as a requirement.

Freedom of religion also means freedom to not follow a religion. I know people who follow no religion who live better and treat their neighbors better than some very religious people that I've known.

I believe Capitalism takes care of people not being able to profit obscenely in most cases, since unregulated competition always provides for the best and most economical price of goods and services in the long term.

I also like point 2. Conservatives want Everyone to be successful and share in this great system that we used to have here. Yea, I think it's done now. Maybe we'll get it back someday.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Silverfiddle said...
Well Ducky, the constitution is the law of the land,
No it's not
It should be.
But if no one enforces a law, de facto, it is no law.
So sad...

Anonymous said...

"So, live with a sheep if you want..."

Fine I say...but will we have to put up with parades for sheeps on Sheep Pride day?

That's unfair...I mean if you're getting it on with your sheep...shouldn't that be recognized as a civil rights day too...for people who prefer sheep over their human neighbors?

It has to be coming...PETA will demand will Australians and those Wyoming transplants from SFO?


Anonymous said...

"Homosexuals are either gay or lesbian."...

So.... I ask...what do they give a rats petooty about contraception or abortion? They make use of neither, right?

Kid said...

Sheep Parades? No, that violates the rule where it cannot cost the public. Parades always cost the public in some fashion or other.

Gays like to be activist on all issues where they feel the heavy hand of conservatism is coming down on someone.

As we all know, if you can pin the tail on your own "I'm in a Minority" Donkey, then YOU deserve extra. It's like a rule.

Heck I don't mind; everyone knows us good looking white people got o the special door every Friday. give the secret knock, and a few dozen $100 bills come slipping out through the mail slot at us. Right?

Anonymous said...

"give the secret knock, and a few dozen $100 bills come slipping out through the mail slot at us. Right?..."

Awwww...No spilled the beans. Ducky will want to know now....why give it away so easily? We're all Masons on a secret mission with a 2000 year old covenant, right?

But I have my own version of the secret signal for demrats....

Yup....less than 5 fingers.

Z said...

"less than five fingers" !
That made me laugh! thanks :-)

Liberalmann said...

Hate, lies, fear and warmongering, uninformed white men and racism=the GOP

Z said...

Liberalman, you make me laugh!
Please educate'll shock you but maybe you'll be better for it? I hope so :-)