Saturday, May 31, 2014
Learn from the U.K.
As this is an election year, I must approach the subject of politics for a brief moment. This post is intended mostly for those Americans who consider themselves conservative, but hopefully those of all sides of the spectrum will be able to grasp something from what I talk about.
In 2010, Conservatism was brought to the forefront of the political spectrum by the Tea Party, a conservative group that said its main priority was to balance the budget and cut spending. However, the Tea Party was not really new; it was just a re-branding of other groups that have lead to the de-intellectualization of the Republican Party.
However, I think that people learned from the Tea Party and saw that it was too extreme, as this election cycle more mainstream Republicans were nominated for governorships and senatorial elections than the Tea Party Republicans.
Here is the main issue: We need to define what conservatism is and who to look to get our party on the right track. When we do, we will be able to grow the Party and win far more elections than we have been winning, because our ideas are better.
The best conservative to ever live was Edmund Burke, an English Philosopher who was very influential on the Founding Fathers. His belief was in limited government and maximum freedom, which is the basis of what conservatism truly is.
The Republican Party has forgotten this. They have taken the idea of limited government to no government and have refused to work with the other side to make this nation stronger, which is neither good for the party or the nation. This has caused our nation to stay at a standstill for too long, and it is time to move forward.
This is not a problem in the U.K. After losing the 2010 elections, the Labour Party did not denounce the Conservative Party as bunch of people who were out to destroy Magna Carta, as the Republican Party has done ever since Obama got elected. Rather, they have been working with the new government on issues they share commonality on. If we did that, we could have solved the immigration issue by now.
And as we are also the party of maximum freedom, we should promote that. This means there are 2 issues that need to be dropped: Making gay marriage a federal, constitutional issue, and the War on Drugs. Believe it or not, there are many gay conservatives out there, but they side with the Democratic Party because they endorse gay marriage. Let's get away from the homophobia and allow people to live how they want as long as they are not bothering anyone else. The War on Drugs is a lost war, lets end it and make a profit on it.
I said earlier that the Republican Party has become anti-intellectual, and I do mean that. How so? Because they use the Bible as a science textbook, and it is not one. During the 2008 presidential debates, all the Republican nominees denied evolution and climate change, which scientists universally agree on. That is unacceptable. We should be a party of facts, not uninformed school children. Unsurprisingly, British Conservatives overwhelmingly believe in evolution and climate change.
Finally, we need to show that we have ideas that will work better than the current ones, rather than just saying how bad the other idea is. Let's take the issue of health care. While we call it "Obamacare"the fact is that it should be called "Dolecare, as it is mostly Senator Bob Dole's health care plan from the 90's. True Obamacare would be a public option or a single-payer plan, which are absent from Obamacare. We need our own health care model, such as the one suggested by Dr. Ben Carson with individual savings accounts from birth. Yet this idea has not even been presented as an option by Republican leaders.
In order to win elections, we must grow up. We can not be the party of the three "G'S" (God, guns, and gays). We must be more. We must be the party of principles and ideas. To do that, let us look to Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Thomas Paine, Andrew Sullivan, and Margaret Thatcher, people of principle, ideas, and results.