What It Means to Be a Conservative

What It Means to Be a Conservative

(HorizonPost.com) – When one claims to be a Conservative, they’re professing a belief in how the country would best be run. There are many aspects to being a Conservative, and here we discuss a few core principles.

The Rule of Law

The Constitution of the United States of America is the founding document of this country and all laws should conform to its tenets. The first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, is a critical part of the whole.

Contrary to what many believe, these do not “grant” any particular privileges to the people, but rather, it proscribes the government from curtailing what the Founding Fathers saw as inherent to all the citizens. That really is the crux of it all when it comes right down to it: that the powers that be leave law-abiding people alone.

Criminal Behavior

The other side of that coin is that one role the government does play is ensuring the safety of the people from those who intend to harm them. There are many unscrupulous people in the world who have no problem taking advantage of others or with becoming laws unto themselves.

Evildoers need to pay the price for their actions and the penalties need to be severe enough to deter others from committing the same crime. Most often, this means a stretch in prison with a loss of freedom, commensurate with the level of offense committed.

A political Conservative is not someone who espouses the idea that a shoplifter or insurance scammer should be sentenced to life in prison. But, they also shouldn’t be let off the hook or given a reduced sentence for an act simply because some judge or politician teams it “nonviolent.” That’s why so many on the Right side of the spectrum will say the death penalty should be applied when it’s warranted.

Personal Responsibility

Another point of view shared by most Conservatives is the responsibility for oneself and their family is largely their own and not that of society at large or the government. This is not to say there should be no safety nets in place when someone falls into a position that requires assistance, only that living on the dole should not be a lifetime — or multigenerational — state of being.

Elected officials should be in the business of creating opportunities for people to succeed and making sure every citizen is afforded that chance. When something happens, like the Great Depression or a pandemic, that’s the time for those in Washington, DC, to reach down and lend a helping hand.

When all is said and done, a Conservative, if asked, would probably say America should strive to head into the future as a country known worldwide as a place of hope and freedom. She should be a land where every person, regardless of race, color, or creed should be treated fairly and have the ability to develop into the best version of themselves they possibly can.

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