We cant' make conservatism great by compromising our values

To win new voters and ensure our ideals succeed, we have to double down on them.

We say we want to end the budget deficit. Then we reduce to debt rate instead of ending it.

We say we want to repeal Obamacare. Then we make half-hearted efforts to repeal Obamacare, which (surprise, surprise) end up in failure.

Now we say we want to cut taxes. The media is presenting this as a tax cut on the rich and a drag on the economy. Have you heard high-ranking conservatives make serious efforts to dispel this idea? Nor have I.

To make conservatism a success, we can't let our values get trudged in the mud. We need to promote them to the public and counter leftist caricatures of them as cruel and wicked.

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MarkBerwind
MarkBerwind

Conservatism is not dead, at all, and the introduction of Trump into politics is just a reminder of how little we attach to ideas and how political fights can go awry. Those who also attach conservatism and religion and take it only in that direction leaves out all those who wish to keep things properly spaced and utilized. Christianity is not the sole arbiter of conservatism. What about capitalism and the prospect that men need to be free to trade in order for capitalism to thrive? Capitalism is not wholly owned by religion, either, but there are things that need to be understood. For free men to exist in civilization, and to be free enough to believe in Christ, our Savior, at the same time, we need to understand that we can't place every burden on the back of our religious belief, but that we should use those beliefs in a way that allows those ideas to freely exist in our society. I believe we should back away from using Christianity as a roadblock and use it as a guiding light, but when it comes down to things, like conservatism, which is an ideology, not a religious construct, and not a philosophical construct, we should allow for some adjustments in the way we approach issues, like conservatism. I refuse to believe that conservatism and Christianity are joined at the hip, and that only those who claim to be Christians can be considered as conservatism. I am a Christian, and that means I love and respect those of other religious faiths without having to agree with them on every issue. A Jew is not a Christian, except those Messianic Jews. How about them? Can they not be conservatives?

Bear8
Bear8

Trump has been very successful in implementing his agenda when he was not blocked by RINO's and Democrats. He has reduced many burdesome regulations and has directed that 2 regulations must be removed for each 1 that is enacted. He may not be the politically correct president many would prefer; but he is the most conservative person we have in the White House! He needs our support AND we need his help. PLUS, we need more 'REAL' conservatives at the state level.

Leftshot
Leftshot

Who is this "we" you keep speaking of? If there is anything to be learned from recent events, it is that most Republicans in Congress are NOT conservatives. Nor are they people of character. They campaign promising one thing and when elected run from those promises. Worse, they are actually socialists. They want the power same as the leftists. They just think they can do a better job running our lives. That not a conservative. The fact is there are precious few conservatives in Congress.

NeverTrumpGal
NeverTrumpGal

Sadly, the conservative movement appears to be dead. Those of us left need to do a lot of soul searching. We had a chance to nominate the most conservative candidate since Reagan, but we ended up with Trump. We're not a majority in America. We're not even a majority in the Republican party. We've been battling the "establishment" for so long and then we got blindsided when the Populists came in and took over the party. Clearly we have lost the battle of ideas. We need to figure out a way to sell them.

OldBigDog
OldBigDog

Every election counts. In every race we should hold to our values, godly first, conservative second. With few exceptions, every elitist statist in both parties started out as a local officeholder. They all eventually toe the party line - liberals with a D and liberal lite with an R.

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