An article today on the blog of the British Daily Telegraph, setting out various views that I have previously expressed on here, has had certain people practically foaming at the mouth. I can summarize the position of my critics.
Being “conservative” has, nothing, absolutely nothing at all, to do with national self-government (the only basis for international co-operation), local variation, historical consciousness, family life (founded on the marital union of one man and one woman), the whole Biblical and Classical patrimony of the West, agriculture, manufacturing, small business, close-knit communities, law and order, civil liberties, academic standards, all forms of art, mass political participation within a constitutional framework, or respect for the absolute sanctity of each individual human life from the point of fertilization to the point of natural death.
Therefore, in today’s America, being “conservative” has nothing, absolutely nothing at all, to do with strictly limited and strictly legal immigration, constitutional checks and balances, energy independence, Second Amendment rights and responsibilities, America as an English-speaking country, foreign policy realism, a strong defense capability used sparingly, abortion reduction, or the maintenance of traditional marriage.
It follows that a “conservative” has nothing, absolutely nothing at all, in common with those who voted simultaneously for Obama and for traditional marriage in California and Florida, with those who voted simultaneously for Obama and to ban discrimination against working-class white men in Colorado, with those who voted simultaneously for Obama and against deregulated gambling in Ohio and Missouri, with those who voted for Obama while keeping the black and Catholic churches going from coast to coast, with those who voted for a Ron Paul supporter and traditional Catholic in South Carolina, or with those who have introduced the Pregnant Women Support Act.
Rather, a “conservative” is concerned about nothing, absolutely nothing at all, except “limited government” and that for which it is a superfluous euphemism, low taxation, which can never be low enough, yet is nevertheless somehow supposed to fund never-ending wars all over the world.