Voice of Reason asked at OoL what a “true conservative” could be defined as.
It’s like defining what electricity looks like or whether water is wet – it’s easier to see the conservative mindset in his choices, in the language he employs to describe events than in a verbal definition.
For example, if there is a drowning man, the leftist will think, “Oh dear, I can’t rescue that person because I don’t have the necessary certificate,” whereas the conservative will kick off the shoes and jacket and swim out there to try to save him. He’ll speak of heritage, the rule of law, discretion, initiative, he’ll look at the social code which underpins the nation and will try to defend it, whereas the leftist will be “progressive” and want change for change’s sake, applying a feelgood spin to it.
That spin sees him using the words fairness, tolerance and equality, he’ll speak of human rights, whereas the conservative will speak of working for a living, the sanctity of marriage, of private property. The leftist will support grandiose social schemes costing billions to eliminate social ills whereas the conservative will support small and medium businesses to create employment and then many of those ills fall away.
The leftist doesn’t really mind runaway bureaucracy if it will produce a more egalitarian society, whereas the conservative will see what that bureaucracy is costing the taxpayer – he’ll speak of the taxpayer a lot. Where the leftist says there must be quotas of women in any job, the conservative says only the best person should be in the job. If that means all men or all women, then so be it.
He’s always been for small government, low taxes and a well-equipped defence force. In America, he’s more Tea Party and in the UK, more UKIP. He’s a classical liberal who says live and let live, as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else. Therefore he is a libertarian, by definition. A left-libertarian supports the personal freedom to do as he wants but also supports the right of intervention in people’s lives by the state and social engineering. It’s cognitive dissonance.
There are differences between social and fiscal conservative and there are so many CINOs in the Republican Party and the Tory Party here that those parties are meaningless in defining the term conservative. Many old labour people are socially conservative. The whole rise of UKIP over here is because the Tory Party leadership is not conservative.
Just as Blair followed a bastardized version of what a socialist was, so Cameron follows a bastardized version of “conservatism” – taking all the bad parts and adopting them, whilst ignoring the sound parts, e.g. cutting taxes and supporting small businesses.
The true conservative thinks you should be able to gather money together and start up your own business, not crippled by federal, state and local money-grubbing taxes and levies before you even start. He wants porn kept out of the hands of kids and kids to grow up as kids. He thinks the crims get off in court these days whereas the innocent who make one error get clobbered by the courts.
He says a person has the right to bear arms in his own home, to defend his space. The leftist wants guns banned so that when the crim, who’s armed of course], bursts in, the homeowner must phone the police and wait the half hour before the police arrive. In a left society, the homeowner will be prosecuted for bearing arms. In a conservative society, the crim will be put away for a long time and the homeowner praised for defending his family.
Those are just a few things defining a conservative. I agree with much but not all of this: