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WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

The campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 reflects the difficulty Republicans primary voters are having with the conservative credentials of the candidates. What is a true American conservative? How do we reliably tell the difference between someone who has the heart and soul of a true conservative and those who wear the conservative label when it benefits them but will find excuses to shy away from it when they are in office? There is one sure-fire test.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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11 Responses

  1. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Conservatives of America
    Discussion: WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

    I’m not sure there are any of the candidates that are true conservatives. Probably the closest is Newt followed by Santorum. I think we are doomed for 4 more years of Obama, I don’t see any of the current candidates pulling this out. Reagan was the last conservative we had in the White House. They use the label but are all over the place when it comes to sticking to their values, except for Santorum, which I don’t think he has the support needed. I have no faith that a true leader will emerge and the US will no longer be the power it was just a few years ago. Just look at the voting public, look at what is taught in our schools, look at the illegal vote, need I say more, We will not be able to defeat the Obama/Chicago politics machine.

    Posted by Curtis Shelton

    • EWRoss says:

      The only way we will be doomed to four more years of Obama is if we don’t coax, cajole or drag everyone we know who thinks like we do to the polls in November.

  2. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Conservatives of America
    Discussion: WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

    I agree Ed, but maybe my living in Massachusetts is what has me not so sure of defeating this guy. We must at all cost take back the White House and get this economy and our morals back on track. It’s going to be a tough road. Being conservative is about morals, being independent, less government, small business minded, befief in capitalism, beliefs in helping the needy, but in a way as to make them feel good about themselves, belief in our Constitution, Bill of Rights, living by the standards set forth by our founding fathers, and by all means believe in the USA, stand by our flag, stand by our neighbors, and doing the right things for our children’s future. I am just hoping to see my country get back to the great country it can be…..but loosing hope…..

    Posted by Curtis Shelton

  3. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Conservatives of America
    Discussion: WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

    Ed I agree. I for one am not behind any one candidate right now I am waiting to see who wins the primary, and throw 110% of my support behind him. Everyone seems to be waiting for another Reagan, well he’s not here, so lets beat Obama with what we have and we will beat him if we all stand behind the primary winner.

    Posted by Chris Vaca

  4. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: The Heritage Foundation
    Discussion: WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

    I think a true conservative is one who understands our Constitution, its original intent, and the Christian faith and morality of all but one of those Founding Fathers who developed the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Constitution. Many of them lost their lives, their property, and their families in the name of the freedoms we cherish, and they succeeded through what they believed was “divine providence.”

    In contrast, there are “moderates” and liberals.” A “moderate” is one without firm conviction, willing to bend with popular ideas when he deems it beneficial. A liberal has a poor understanding of American history and government; or worse, a contempt for history and an inclination to revise or destroy it. He is an “elite,” without humility to recognize that his knowledge may not be as great as the wisdom of all the ages, or that there are things beyond his capacity to understand. The beliefs of many liberals closely resemble those of Karl Marx, who said in 1849, ” . . .from those who have the ability to those who have the need . . . ,” founding the philosophy of theft by taxation for the benefit of the disadvantaged. Marx was contemptuous of the religions that provided charitable services, and called religion the “opiate of the masses.” Marxism is incompatible with those two of the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments against theft and envy. By the standards of those Commandments, it is impermissable for government to steal via taxes in the name of charity or the envy of success. Charity and love are choices of the heart and benefit the giver; taxes are by force of law and create no good will. To envy is to covet, craving to possess another’s belongings. Theft is a predictable precipitate of covetousness, and speaks ill of either the theif, or those people who choose a government to steal for them.

    Posted by Ronald Bouwman

  5. David Abrahamson says:

    A true American Conservative has a compelling vision to take our country forward in the way of robust economic growth, a muscular foreign policy and a strong moral culture.

  6. Reposted from LinkedIn says:

    LinkedIn Group: Tea Party Connect – From A Business View
    Discussion: WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

    To quote your piece: “The conservative values that Buckley stood for—unalienable rights, smaller government, lower taxes, strict interpretation of the Constitution, and so on—are the mantra of today’s conservatives, if not always their creed.

    Sounds like Ron Paul to me, whether or not he wears the mantle of ‘conservative’. He is the only current candidate who even comes close.

    Posted by Greg Knight

  7. LinkedIn Group: Fox News Networking Group
    Discussion: WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

    Ed, I’m still working on a simple definition but if you agree with these comments I’ve made….You are a conservative!! These quotes came from such men.

    1. You don’t get anything from the Federal Government you didn’t work for:
    In 1854, President Franklin Pierce vetoed a bill to help the mentally ill, saying,
    “I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. (To approve the measure) would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.”

    James Madison: “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the (Fed.) government.”

    “I can find no warrant for such an appropriation [for charity relief] in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit.” –President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

    2. States are responsible for public works:
    President James Madison on March 3, 1817 vetoed a public works bill saying: “Having considered the bill this day presented to me entitled ‘An act to set apart and pledge certain funds for internal improvements,’ and which sets apart and pledges funds ‘for constructing roads and canals, and improving the navigation of water courses, in order to facilitate, promote, and give security to internal commerce among the several States, and to render more easy and less expensive the means and provisions for the common defense,’ I am constrained by the insuperable difficulty I feel in reconciling the bill with the Constitution of the United States and to return it with that objection to the House of Representatives, in which it originated.”

    3.States are responsible for the majority of taxation and expendatures and charity:
    “The legislative powers vested in Congress are specified and enumerated in the eighth section of the first article of the Constitution, and it does not appear that the power proposed to be exercised by the bill is among the enumerated powers.”` James Madison

    “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 45

    4. Reglatory agencies cannot make laws. Court orders by a supreior court are not laws. The Presidential Executive Orders are not law.
    Article I
    Section 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

    Therefore these rules & regulations & official “orders” do NOT have to be adhered to.

    5. Give me time & I’ll have more.

    Have a nice day!

    Posted by Lee Birkhead

  8. LinkedIn Group: Fox News Networking Group
    Discussion: WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

    Ed, I believe to be a true consevative one must believe in the U.S. Constitution as it was written to include the original first 10 Amendments, i.e. “The Bill of Rights”. The other Amendments were out of order in the intent of the original Constitution. I can expound on each one if you care to differ with me but at this time it would be lengthy. I’ve studied them so be prepared with your strongest argument. The Constitution was written to control government not citizens.

    Here is another document that I strongly adhere to. Let me know what you think. Also note the use of the word “Treason”. Remember; learned lawyers wrote this.

    From the 16th American Jurisprudence, Second Edition, Section 177:

    “The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be in agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows: The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted. Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no right, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it… A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, in so far as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it is superseded thereby. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it. ” Any court, government or government officer who acts in violation of, in opposition or contradiction to the foregoing, by his, or her, own actions, commits treason and invokes the self-executing Sections 3 and 4 of the 14th Amendment and vacates his, or her, office. It is the duty of every lawful American Citizen to oppose all enemies of this Nation, foreign and DOMESTIC.(The American Jurisprudence is the encyclopedia of United States law.)

    Now think of how many time the U.S.Constitution has been violated and constitutes Treason. Has ANY body ever been punished for breaking the Law-of-the- Land?

    Posted by Lee Birkhead

  9. LinkedIn Group: Republican Professionals
    Discussion: WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

    Well they’re having such difficulty with it that everyone of the candidates have put there foot in each others..as well as their own mouths. Perhaps with the exception of RP, who remains consistently conservative on many things, yet loony Libertarian on others. All of them the other night reminded me of a sibling fight around the Thanksgiving table, in regard to who Mom and Dad liked the most!

    Anyway, nobody is perfect. I think that I am strongly conservative, however, I wouldn’t pass muster on the abortion gig. I am pro life, however, if dire circumstances arose and the abortion was the better option long-term for all concerned..I’d be inclined to go with it. If I’m running as a conservative Republican, I have just hurt myself with the far right in the party. So I really don’t know what a TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE would be! What I do know is that BHO must go, and that the Republican voter had soon better come to grips with whom it is will be their guy. To continue with the petty dinner table squabble is stupid and really becoming embarrassing.

    Posted by Don Coburn

  10. LinkedIn Group: Republican Professionals
    Discussion: WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

    Question: Why can RP not be considered conservative when he is the only candidate in the race endorsed by, and who endorsed, Ronald Reagan? Also, what does RP believe differently than the Founding Fathers, and/or President Calvin Coolidge?

    Posted by James Burton

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