Extolling the virtues of conservatism
A homeless guy is walking down the street pushing a shopping cart with his few possessions. The liberal says, “Oh my God, look at that poor man, how sad, how pitiful, in this prosperous country, how unfair, sob, sob. We’ve got to give him some money.” The conservative says, “We need to do something to help that man improve his situation, so he can have a sense of purpose, get a job, be self-supporting, and look after himself.”
Of course the liberal is a compassionate, big hearted, wonderful person, while the conservative is the most cruel, heartless thing since the Marquis de Sade. Conservatism is not really an ideology so much as it is that which follows the laws of human nature — the way humanity was created by God, recognizing the human tendency towards self-determination, selfresponsibility, self-reliance, selfcontrol. It recognizes that the family — mother, father, child — is the best way to ensure the continuance of our species as created by God. It is the tendency to leave others alone to live their lives and not impose on them. It is the knowledge that life, all life, is sacred, and it is the instinct to protect especially the most vulnerable. And this is how the majority of Canadians live their lives, raise their families, relate to their neighbours, and handle their finances — as conservatives! Whether they know it or not.
But it is really not surprising that so many of them vote for liberal (socialist) parties. While actual ideological liberals make up considerably less than half the population, look at where they are.
They dominate the classrooms, the education system, newspapers, movies, TV programs, journalism, the news media, as well as all trade unions, many charitable organizations and even many churches and church affiliated groups. We are saturated with liberalism 24 hours a day from all quarters. You hear something often enough and you’ll come to believe it. Without even noticing it, the average citizen has had his confidence in himself washed out of him to the extent that he has come to believe he needs the government to look after his interests, educate him, choose his medical care, raise his children and see to his everyday needs. Look at what has happened in Alberta and Ontario with this “I want the government to do everything for me” attitude.
While they had conservative governments they were the two most prosperous provinces in Canada; now they have become economic disasters.
I would appeal to voters to please use the same logic and reason when making your political decisions that you use when making decisions in your daily lives. Vote for a party that has enough respect for you to let you live your own life with the least amount of intrusion possible from government. And I implore conservative candidates, don’t be afraid to explain and tout your conservatism. Because it is the way most people live their lives, they are likely a lot more open to understanding than you may be giving them credit for.
Canada under Stephen Harper is in better economic shape than any other country in the world, and that is no small feat given what the oil price crisis has done to other countries’ economies.
Newfoundland is in better economic shape than it ever was under the Liberals. This is no accident. We didn’t just win the flip of a coin. In both cases this is a direct result of conservative policies.
Conservatism is not really an ideology so much as it is that which follows the laws of human nature — the way humanity was created by God, recognizing the human tendency towards self-determination, selfresponsibility, self-reliance, self-control.
Kathleen Langer writes from Heart’s Desire