Since the beginning of DCR, I have been questioned personally, challenged regularly and accused of many things. I have lost friends and gained new ones. I have been betrayed, and I have seen loyalty that I didn’t realize was possible in today’s world. I have learned so many things about people, but mostly I have learned about the person I really am. I have weathered many storms. I have made mistakes along the way that is for sure. The one thing I have never done is waivered from my beliefs. I may stand alone, but I assure you that I will always be standing. No one person or thing will ever get the best of me. As long as I stand on the truth, I cannot go wrong.
Over the last year or two, I have heard so much about Conservatism, being a patriot, the Constitution and what it means to be a Republican in this great red state of ours. I think some preaching these concepts or ideals have forgotten what each one actually means and represents. For that reason, I want to look at the following definitions.
Conservative – refers to holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.
Traditional values – refers to those beliefs, moral codes, and methods that are passed down from generation to generation within a culture, subculture or community.
Patriot – refers to a person who loves and strongly supports or fights for his or her country.
Looking at the history and meaning of Conservatism revealed no single set of policies that are universally regarded as conservative. The meaning depends on what is considered traditional in a given place and time, so let’s look at our great state, Mississippi.
I think we could all agree that Mississippi is considered the Bible belt of the country. With that being said, we should expect to find ‘true Conservatives’ that reflect traditional, Biblical beliefs and moral codes. We should expect them to have traditional attitudes about our country’s framework of government, consisting of a foundation built upon the Bible and the Constitution for starters. We should expect Conservatives of Mississippi to be cautious about changes that infringe upon our moral codes, Biblical beliefs and our rights as granted to us by the Constitution of the United States of America. By definition, a patriot is not held to one set of beliefs, morals, political parties or the like. A patriot by definition is simply a person that fights for and loves his or her country. What that means to one person may be very different than what it means to another person. Keeping all of this in mind, how many people can you think of that purport to be a ‘Conservative’, using this terminology as nothing more than a political multi-level marketing scheme?! I surely can think of a few.
After the Senate race last year, people were fired up, fed up and ready to make drastic changes. There has been a large number of people, feeling their voices were not being heard. They felt betrayed. Many felt strongly that the Republican Party was not representative of their core beliefs anymore. This caused another great division within the Republican Party. I understand people wanting to feel included, relevant, heard, seen, encouraged and supported by those that are of like mind, principles, ideals and beliefs. No one likes to be lied to (no matter what team you are on). Unfortunately, those things are not going to happen in any party all of the time and most likely not even most of the time. There is no political party in existence that has members that agree 100% of the time. And sadly, there have been people playing off of the emotions of those citizens, feeling betrayed. There have been those trying to cash in on the great political divide that occurred during last year’s Senate race. Are they TRUE CONSERVATIVES? I would say absolutely not.
We cannot change anything if we are divided. Change can only happen when a person is willing to do something differently than he or she did it before. If the Republican Party is not living up to your expectations, should you leave or try to fix those things you find fault with? I choose to stay and be part of the solution. I will never support anyone or anything built upon a lie or built upon one person or one cause. To be a TRUE CONSERVATIVE, I must build upon what is right, true, Biblically based and governmentally structured by the Constitution. To build anything upon one campaign, one election, one issue, one candidate or person is doomed from the beginning. True success in promoting Conservatism comes from structuring, building and maintaining a personal framework (network or system) based upon those traditional values, Constitutional principles and Biblical beliefs that have been instilled in us as Christians and as Americans. There is only one Jesus Christ. I don’t need anyone to be my Conservative savior. True Conservatism comes from changing ourselves and leading by example, and it has no place for false prophets. To be a true leader, one must think for their self instead of looking for someone to follow. Jesus died on the cross for all of us and will be the only one that I sing praises about. If that makes me wrong, then I definitely don’t want to be right.
The truth is what it is, not what you want it to be.