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Faithful Conservatives

Posted by Adam Graham on November 13, 2005

What will it take for Conservativism to triumph? The question will earn sad sighs and a few lectures from people on the right whose best dream for our country is keeping things as is. The idea of winning, beyond getting a candidate (who may or may not serve the best interests of the country) elected is foreign to most Conservatives. To some, its a dirty word used by extremists.

Yet, others can imagine a world where parents control their children’s education, the federal government is small, the rights of the unborn are respected, the sanctity of marriage is honored, and the cumbersome federal income tax code is done away with. The vision seems to grow dimmer as politicians back out on their promises.

“You remember the Marriage Amendment we promised during the campaign…well forget it.”

“Hey, you know that major tax reform we promised, how does dumping a couple tax deductions and getting rid of the Alternate Minimum Tax strike you?”

Some Conservatives have joined what I call the “Just Win” crowd that will put anyone up and sell it to the rest of us as incrementally moving the country in the right direction. Of course, with candidates such as Rudolph Giuliani and Condi Rice, that’s akin to say a winning strategy for a football team is to have their running back run 30 yards backwards with the idea of eventually reaching the goal. This betrays the key problem with Conservatism today. Inferior leaders nominated from a lack of confidence deliver displeasing results.

So many are becoming discouraged in the face of the slow backwards march of American Conservatism and the state of the cesspool that is our nation’s political life, that they’ve quit the political scene. Over the past year, I’ve struggled privately with my involvement in politics, my column, and the future of American conservatism.

This last week, I realized the key. There is no hope for America as a free country from a logical standpoint. Once nations start to slouch towards tyranny and degradation, they continue on toward the eventual abolition of freedom and the establishment of tyranny. Yet, our nation has beaten the odds before. After all, we started this country by defeating the most powerful nation on Earth in an unprecedented revolution.

The key is faith. With so much talk of the importance of faith-based initiatives and faith community voters, the simple idea of faith has been lost in our political calculations. We lack confidence because we don’t understand the character of God like our founders did.

In reading the Declaration of Independence, we see the Founders establish God as the fountain from which our Rights flow and “the Supreme Judge of the Universe” and they made the Declaration with “a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.” Simply put, they committed their cause and its success to God and so must we.

I do not believe that God is on our side, as if He is some political pawn. Rather, I believe God is stands for liberty and of goodness. I believe God will do everything He can to move people to righteousness. I believe that if we commit our efforts to God, than in season, they’ll bear fruit.

Of course, it may not happen exactly like we want. Sometimes we must go through dreadful fires. In the 1760s, the First Continental Congress could have never dreamt their efforts would lead to a Revolution. Many who prayed for the end of slavery could never have imagined the horror it would take for their prayers to be answered in the Civil War. America had to endure the Carter Administration in order for us to come back to national greatness and overcome the Soviet Union. Would any Conservative argue that America would have done better off had Gerald Ford won in ’76 and Vice-President Dole ended up our nominee in 1980?

Every election year, we’re told we have stop Candidate X from getting elected as it will spell doom. I’d suggest Conservatives take a long term view and not be controlled by spinemeisters. Whatever happens, continue to work hard to change hearts and minds, all the while realizing that, as Benjamin Franklin said, “God governs in the affairs of men.”

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10 Responses to “Faithful Conservatives”

  1. Michael [Visitor] said

    Faith is great for those who need it. But many of us care little for religious conviction or the belief in a higher power. I don’t need faith to value liberty.

    The Republican Party needs to go back to the principles of smaller government and individual freedom. For those who are faith based we should offer a place under the umbrella. However, we should not claim that the party needs faith in a higher power or derives its existence from God. In the same way I don’t need an after life to respect that I shouldn’t kill or steal.

    Your opening line is dead on. Both sides are abandoning some of their principles to try to win elections. Many on the far left bailed on their basic beliefs in an” anyone but Bush campaign “. We need to resist this mentality as we look to future elections.

  2. Adam Graham [Member] said

    Well, I don’t suggest that you need faith to believe in liberty. Rather, most people need faith to actively fight what appears to be a losing battle. I do acknowledge that you may be able to do that without faith, but most people can’t and collectively as a movement people can’t continue to fight believing their losing and their cause is hopeless.

  3. Michael [Visitor] said

    Losing? The last time I checked we had both houses, The Presidency, and we are about to add the second new member to the Supreme Court.

    Look at France. It’s burning. The dream and model welfare state of the left with all its social programs is burning. They are congratulating themselves that the number of cars being burned daily is down below 400 .

    We are not losing. However we do need to keep fighting. We also need to learn to frame issues in a better way. Marriage is a perfect example. We don’t lose by giving gays the right to have civil unions. Quite the opposite. We preserve the fact that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. The left hates that for a reason.

    Many on the right make the same mistake when it comes to abortion. The issue is so divisive and yet so emotional that we alienate large sectors of the population which would be with us on most other issues.

    At the risk of sounding apoplectic the country is a a crossroads. As terrorism threatens our very existence some liberals welcome the breakdown. Like the terrorist they see the very nature of our country as evil. We are fighting two main enemies right now as well as several minor ones. But we will prevail. It is going to get much worse, however. The left has become just as unhinged as have the foreign radical terrorists. we are headed for a showdown . You saw the justification for looting and violence after katrina. you are seeing it now in France. As we speak home grown radicals are formulating a plan for violence. God won’t help you in this war. You will need to be resolute and you need to be willing to fight for freedom. You may trust in God but I prefer Smith & Wesson and my steady hand and good eye .

  4. Adam Graham [Member] said

    Losing? The last time I checked we had both houses, The Presidency, and we are about to add the second new member to the Supreme Court.

    You mean the people who happen to have “R’s” by their name are the Majority. We in fact see them spending up a $300 billion deficit.

    Marriage is a perfect example. We don’t lose by giving gays the right to have civil unions. Quite the opposite. We preserve the fact that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. The left hates that for a reason.

    They want it all their way now is the reason they have a problem with it, not because it doesn’t advance their agenda. When we have something that is just the same marriage and we’re just not calling it that, its just playing word games and eventually we will call it marriage.

    Second point, its unnecessary for the government to recognize Civil Unions, there’s no fundamental government need to recognize these relationships anymore than we recognize friendship with a government license.

    Many on the right make the same mistake when it comes to abortion. The issue is so divisive and yet so emotional that we alienate large sectors of the population which would be with us on most other issues.

    Strategically, first of all, of people who base their votes on abortion, pro-lifers win. Secondly, without the pro-life movement backing the GOP, it wouldn’t be successful. You may want them to vote Republican and forget about what they believe, but Michael there’s no nationwide Republican success without Religious Conservatives with pro-life values and our country is becoming more pro-life, particularly in the youth, not less. It would be folly to abandon a position that more and more Americans are embracing.

    we speak home grown radicals are formulating a plan for violence. God won’t help you in this war. You will need to be resolute and you need to be willing to fight for freedom. You may trust in God but I prefer Smith & Wesson and my steady hand and good eye .

    I’ll stand where the Founders stood. Miracles are required. Muslims are great at one thing if nothing else. They’re great conquerers.

  5. History bears out that even in pagan nations, when they abandon their faith, they slide into depravity and out the exit door of history. My public high school latin teacher even acknowledged that, in stating that the Roman Empire was in about the same condition as America is today right before it fell. France is an example, she, along with rest of Europe, has abandoned her god and now she’s burning. You can explain this however you like, and while America has always welcomed and protected the rights and freedoms of those of all faiths and it’s not the conservtives who would change that, we do need to get back to our heritage as a Christian Nation if we don’t want to go the way every other nation went that embraced what the left wants us to.

    “god won’t help you.”

    We’re lost without His help, but I don’t blame you for feeling that way. The help the most vocal members of the Christian community preaches is we’re all gonna fly up to Heaven any second (and take time to fold our clothes first if you listen to the movies,) so just let the world go to Hell, the sooner it does, the sooner Jesus gets back. If that sort of er, logic, is the kind of help you’re thinking of, I agree 100%, sky watching is exactly what Jesus told us NOT to do. What we should be doing is getting off our duffs and fighting for our nation.

    Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

    Shem (shame); Noun Masculine, Strong #: 8034

    name
    reputation, fame, glory

  6. Michael [Visitor] said

    When we have something that is just the same marriage and we’re just not calling it that, its just playing word games and eventually we will call it marriage.

    Adam

    No, Adam. There are all sorts of Unions. Marriage is one but so are teachers unions. They are not the same. Where civil unions and marriage differ is in the religious connotation. In that you should have MORE faith.

  7. Michael [Visitor] said

    Strategically, first of all, of people who base their votes on abortion, pro-lifers win. Secondly, without the pro-life movement backing the GOP, it wouldn’t be successful.
    Adam
    You can keep the pro-lifers under the umbrella without alienating people on this issue. You need not lose so many voters who would vote Republican if not for this one issue.

  8. Adam Graham [Member] said

    I don’t believe people who would vote for liberals who’ll raise their taxes and harm their business to support abortion are going to support our party regardless. We can’t be all things to all people. As Rush Limbaugh has observed, the people showing up at the anti-war marches, the people at the pro-abortion marches, and the environmentalists are all the same people. In your own home state, people went from protesting the war to intimidating people at a “Truth Won Out” conference.

    Second, what Interest does the state have in granting Civil Union? Why should the state grant civil unions if it will not satisfy the Homosexual movement?

  9. Michael [Visitor] said

    Second, what Interest does the state have in granting Civil Union? Why should the state grant civil unions if it will not satisfy the Homosexual movement?
    Adam
    I don’t think the state should be involved with marriage at all.
    Let each religious group determine who gets married within its walls. The state should only be involved with civil unions so as to provide an easier transfer of money and property. Not everyone gets around to writing a will. Have you? It would also manage issues involving families and significant others. You could argue that individuals should be required to set up their own wills and power of attorney Incas of illness or death. I would be OK with that as long as it was evenly applied.

  10. Michael [Visitor] said

    And I have to agree with adam, the only reason to grant civil unions is to appease an aggressor. I think you know how well that worked with Hilter
    Andrea

    Yes. I constantly remind liberals about Neville Chamberlain and appeasement. to have a woman note this is particularly refreshing.

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