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What defines a conservative?

In Conservative,GOP,Oklahoma on July 30, 2010 by driverpost Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

July 30, 2010

What defines a conservative? Asking that question in Oklahoma these days will elicit a multitude of opinions but most conservative or conservative leaning groups do agree it is about preserving the principles the United States was founded upon and individual freedoms guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Most of Oklahoma’s religious and political group’s that identify themselves as conservative or share some of the conservative principles differ on where the primary political focus should reside such as in Biblical morality and family values, rights of the individual, limited government, fiscal responsibility, or a strong military just to name a few.

The recent far left-leaning policy push by the Obama Administration and the Democrat controlled Congress along with President Obama’s espoused view of the US Constitution as a “living document” open to change and interpretation has been met with the emergence of the grass roots rallies such as the Tea Parties and protest at townhall meetings across America which has prompted many to dust off the US Constitution and other founding documents for a fresh reread.

In the wake of the current recession, record federal deficit, and unemployment, Oklahomans who participate in the Tea Party rallies across the state talk about individual freedoms being guaranteed by the Constitution that provide the right to oppose big government and restore it to a more constitutional model.

The Oklahoma Tea Party states on its site that its mission is “To conduct premier rallies to call…all Oklahomans and our elected representatives to restore out of control governments…to governments that are operated according to…principles of our Founders and the limits imposed by our Founding Documents.”

Many religious groups such as the American Family Association (AFA) broadcasting conservative talk shows daily on Oklahoma airwaves also hold that to be a true conservative one must adhere to the principles of our Founding Fathers and the founding documents but which they say starts with Biblical morality which leads to most other conservative principles being upheld successfully as well.

According to the AFA website, the AFA “…stands for traditional family values…reflect(ing) Biblical truth on which…(the US) was founded.…a culture based on Biblical truth best serves the well-being of our country as evidenced by the vision of our forefathers as set forth in the Declaration of Independence.”

Bryan Fischer, AFA Director of Issue Analysis and host of the “Focal Point” radio program on AFR Talk, says that the single most important conservative principle is that, “Every human being is created in the image of God, and because of this possesses certain inalienable rights that no man and no government has the moral authority to reject, remove or replace. Rights come from the hand of God, not the benevolence of government.”

The Oklahoma Republican Party has had long standing conservative principles established which they say also coincides directly with the Founding Fathers.

In the last 18 months, the GOP has focused on opposing the Obama Administration’s liberal policies meant to deal with the current US domestic and foreign issues. The GOP have countered with their own conservative leaning answers to these issues both nationally and in states like Oklahoma as the anti-big government sentiment within the majority of the American Public builds toward the November elections.

The Oklahoma Republican Party site states a common belief with the Founding Fathers, “…like our nation’s founders, believes that government must be limited so that it never becomes powerful enough to infringe on the rights of individuals.”

“With what is going on nationally and in (Oklahoma) everyone under the Republican tent believes in a limited less intrusive government as the conservative focus for right now,” said Matt Pinnell, Chairman and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Republican Party.

The Libertarian Party has its focus on being the party of the individual and individual rights.

The Libertarian Party states on their site that their “way is a logically consistent approach to politics based on the moral principle of self-ownership. Each individual has the right to control his or her own body, action, speech, and property. Government’s only role is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud.”

Angelia O’Dell, Oklahoma Libertarian Party Chair said. “the Libertarian Party does not identify itself as a conservative party.”

“My definition of a conservative would be one who realizes that the US Constitution is a document written to limit the scope and the power of the Federal Government,” said Larry Brittain, past Treasurer of Libertarian Party of Oklahoma and current member.

What defines a conservative? All these principles and much more depending on the individual or group you ask. Most groups do not officially espouse necessarily to be conservatives but do hold views in common with conservative principles.

The answer is as complex as Oklahomans themselves. However, most Oklahomans who call themselves conservatives or lean toward those principles do agree on the need to protect family values, rein in big government, stop deficit spending, protect individual rights, promote the free market, and maintain a strong military which they believe is their right guaranteed by the US Constitution.

Randy Driver – DriverPost

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The Threshold

In GOP on November 21, 2009 by driverpost Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Conservatives are standing at the threshold of a golden opportunity to usher in a new era of leadership for the Republican Party in the United States.

A wide spectrum of voters make up what is the conservative cause and these Americans have a deep concern for the basic core issues facing the US today.  These issues are bringing the US together right of center.  A strong unity is coalescing in the ranks of conservatives.

If the conservative’s spectrum continues mending its old factions, they will take the reins of the Republican Party in 2010.

However, if these old fractures do remain and deepen, conservatives will splinter again forfeiting the greatest opportunity in decades for real change for the Republican Party and for the US.

The effects of the economic crisis, the radically liberal policies of the Obama Administration, and the disenfranchising Democratic Congress have left US citizens, the majority of which are already right of center, feeling they have no true representation in Washington.

US citizens are angry-fearful-disgruntled-disillusioned with both our government leaders and the political process.  The US as a whole is ripe for real change from a conservative revolution.

There are no other party options in a two-party country; at this time the only viable option is to elect proven conservative candidates to the Republican Party.  Conservative candidates who will bring real change, a morality back to Washington, stability to the economy, and defense for our nation at home and abroad.

There are serious concerns in the conservative camp to be addressed, due to the broad spectrum of conservative voters and they must necessarily lay aside their particular agendas to unite on one conservative platform, the Republican Party platform.  Or, there will be no Republican Party with any real influence for the foreseeable future.

For too long the definite differences in the conservative camps have fractured the conservative cause into wrangling factions with little influence in Washington.  These continual factions have completely weakened conservative influence to the point they are relegated into a minority and near obscurity in Washington.  The ‘Almost Majority’ has been the reoccurring theme in a conservative political nightmare.

There is a tremendous danger looming for conservatives, if the these factions remain or deepen, therefore history will again repeat itself only this time with far more liberal elements taking control of the Republican Party.

The raw power and energy of conservatives being seen in the US is sending a dread into the left.  The left have watched in bewilderment the conservative influence far and wide from the townhall meetings across the nation to the demonstrations at the Capital.

As when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill saw the US being drawn into WWII with the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, Churchill celebrated and declared we have just one the war!  His advisors were puzzled at this, he explained to them, that the sleeping giant which was the US at that time had been awakened and it would be fatal for the enemies of the Allied armies.

Just as then, now the US is waking to a giant conservative majority!

Conservatives must unite on the Republican Party platform, family values, anti-abortion, fiscal responsibility, limited government, strong defense, and tax cuts.

Call it a coalition or call it what you will, conservatives must support conservative candidates who are proven in practice and not just propped up with rhetoric.  It is critical that conservatives step forward, not backward to some idealized glory days of the Republican Party.  Conservatives across the US need to step into their future, the future of the Republican Party.  This future can only be captured with a unified conservative spectrum moving forward to deal decisively with the issues facing the US currently.

Some independence is needed on the part of conservatives, they must run their own conservative candidates who will be beholden to none other than the conservative cause and they must support them at every level of government with volunteers to dollars in an unprecedented involvement.

The conservative candidates must focus only on the Republican Party platform and core issues that will continue to unify the conservative cause by 2010 and 2012.  Now is the conservative’s time.  Now is the time for real conservative leadership for the Republican Party and real change for the American people.

Conservatives have a door to a golden opportunity before them, for the sake of the freedom of the future generations of Americans they must step over that threshold in unity.

Randy Driver – Driver Post