A Conservative On What ‘Conservative’ Means

True conservatives respect choice
Charleston Post Courier

“Conservative values today seem to go far beyond these simple maxims. Just compare the Tea Party platform at www.teaparty-platform.com with “real conservative values” at www.conservapedia.com or www.patriotvoices.com. The contrast is striking.

The “real” conservatives today expect more government intrusion into our private lives — particularly for women.

“Real” conservatives tout individual rights, except when it comes to issues such as abortion and same-sex unions.

“Real” conservatives seem bent on restricting freedoms: freedom to vote (at least not without onerous requirements), freedom for women to choose how they wish to treat their bodies and freedom to ensure our government remains secular as affirmed by our Constitution.

Choice is the critical element of freedom. While the Second Amendment allows me to bear arms, it is my choice in the end whether or not I do.

As long as our right to choose is protected, the “freedom restrictions” that “real” conservatives want aren’t necessary.

No one in our nation is forced to have an abortion or enter into a same-sex union.

For those who are opposed to such “choices,” the solution is simple:

Choose not to. But don’t take the right to choose away from anyone else.”



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