Why ?…….

In order to WIN any contest, any endeavor, any challenge, the first step is to know and understand the heart of your adversary.  Not just know who they are, but to know “what they are” and what makes them tick. Know and understand them, really understand them, understand their core ideology and beliefs. When you know the emotional position the opposition carries walking into the conflict you can prepare yourself, and your position, for success.

I’ve had some truly shockingly cruel, hateful, and insensitive things said to me purely because I believe in limited government and fiscal conservatism. At times I have felt despair because “they” want me to believe my views are in the minority. The opposition knows that inherently my beliefs reflect my concern for others and they use this against me.

I believe that we should be self-reliant and personally responsible, but I also believe that when we are allowed to depend on ourselves, we are stronger, more successful, take greater pride in ourselves and our work, and are more likely to make positive contributions to society. Then we are happier people, or at least more likely to be happier.

Which brings me to my pondering’s. I think fear is at the core of liberalism, and love/trust is at the core of conservatism. Liberalism is about control. Conservatism is about self-empowerment.

This is an important distinction and so I repeat, “fear is at the core of liberalism“.

Control is a reaction to fear. I think in terms or politics and society – the fear behind liberalism is the fear that someone might withhold things (opportunities, money, whatever) from me, fear that if you live your life in a way I dislike that it might affect my life, fear that if you get that job, there will be nothing left for me. Fear that if you make tons of money, it’s means there’s less money out there for me. So these people seek control as a means of trying to create guarantees and safeguards against those circumstances they fear. (*Think about re-distributive wealth policies).

Liberals try to control the world and people to enable their comfort and happiness. Which, as we know, is an endless quest. (*Think about fear created with Global Warming alarmists). Trying to control others does nothing in the way of making oneself happy. By extension, voting in this mindset so that government can try to control others will also – shockingly – not lead to a happier, more comfortable life.

The conservative (and moderate, independent, but for the sake of expediency, the conservative), on the other hand, relies on himself to meet his own needs. And the trade off of being free to live his life as he wishes is also understanding that he has to make peace with how you live yours. By extension, aware that he wants to be able to hold onto this liberty and freedom forever, the conservative votes accordingly, so that everyone can remain free and in charge of his or her own life.

But here’s the crucial difference, I think, particularly in where misery on the left stems: The conservative does not worry, so to speak, about you. The conservative knows that you were born with the same access to self-love, self-empowerment, self-determination and self-reliance that we all were, no matter the circumstances into which you were born. (*Think about the millions of people this country has allowed to crawl up from poverty into prosperity – the conservative KNOWS this is possible.)

The conservative believes that if you want prosperity, or a good job, or a good education, you can make it happen – but you have to work hard. The conservative hopes and intends that the free markets bring you all of the affordable and positive opportunities and resources that you need. The conservative also knows that on the other side of that hard work is great reward – material and, more importantly, emotional, spiritual and mental.

The conservative understands that not only is it a waste of time to try to control you, it’s actually impossible. Humans were born to be free, and if we put a roadblock in front of you, you’ll find another way around it. So we see attempts at control as a waste of resources, energy and time at best, and at worst, creating detrimental results that serve to hinder people’s upward mobility or teach dependence. We see much more efficiency, as well as endless opportunity, in leaving you to your own devices. We want the same in return, but President Obama and his progressive policies are specifically counter to this belief. Hence, at an undefinable emotional level, conservative Americans are responding with outrage to these policies.

These policies seem, and are, diametrically in opposition to our inherent values, and views of self reliance, responsibility, personal accountability, freedom, and liberty.

This is where Democrats (or progressives) mis-view Republicans (or conservatives) as heartless. But really, the conservative believes that there is one, and one path only, to sustainable success and independence, and that is self-empowerment.

All other avenues such as welfare, affirmative action, housing loans you can’t actually afford – ultimately risk doing a disservice to people as they teach dependence on special circumstances, the government, or arbitrary assistance (that can disappear tomorrow); and the real danger – they will ALWAYS backfire, and leave the recipient in equally or more dire circumstances. Any false improvement will always expire. Our current economic malaise is a specific outcome of following this approach, with the best of intentions, too far.

The conservative believes in abundance. The liberal believes in scarcity.

The conservative believes man is born free and will be who he is, no matter what arbitrary limitations or rules are put on him. The liberal believes man is perfectible, and by extension, believes a society at large is perfectible, and command and control is justified in the quest to a “perfect” utopian society. (Sounds familiar!)

The conservative tends to be more faithful –and not necessarily in God, but in the ability of the individual to find great strength in himself (or from his God) to get what he needs and to be successful. Therefore the conservative has an outlet for his fear and disappointment – trust and faith in something bigger. The liberal believes the system must be perfected in order to enable success. Therefore disappointment is channeled as anger and blame at the system. Voids are left to be filled by faith in the government, which they surely then want to come in and “fix” things.

And therein lies the roots of love and fear respectively. For the conservative, when life presents great struggles, he knows he has the power to surmount them. Happiness stems from internal strength and perseverance. For the liberal, when life presents great struggles, the system failed, therefore they were at the mercy of a faulty system, and they believe that only when the system is fixed can their life improve. Happiness is built on systemic contingencies, which they will then seek to control or expect someone else to.

One blames himself. The other blames anyone and everyone but himself.

And there it is. There’s where the hatred comes from. The liberal ideology causes that person to cast anger at the world when things go wrong or appear “unfair.” He constantly chooses only to see the “injustices” – and that makes for a very miserable, mean, blame-casting existence.

One last point: Charity

In my conservative community growing up, we were always taught that you give when people are in need – make donations to the Red Cross when there’s an earthquake, donate to charity when you can afford it, etc. Even if it’s just $50 here and there – it’s the right thing to do. Conservatives see this as the responsibility that comes with gaining from the capitalistic system; if you happen to benefit greatly from the system, it’s your duty to give back.

The liberal, on the other hand, does not seem to share this same viewpoint, at least not in my experience. I believe this is linked to believing in scarcity, and that your dollar comes at the cost of mine. So it seems that liberals, on some level of consciousness, feel guilty about not being voluntarily charitable. Therefore, to write off their guilt, they outsource their “generosity” to the government by voting for wealth re distributive policies. Thus, the liberal cheats himself of the joy and addictiveness of direct generosity. (Not to mention re-distributive policies ALWAYS end up disempowering those who they’re meant to help.)

In summary: Yes, I do think liberals are dangerous to our republic. Because their very ideology directs their thinking in a very angry, negative way. This is what drives their actions, this is what drives their position. It is all based upon fear, a lack of faith, and a toxic selfishness.

This is why their attacks are so vicious and filled with hate. This is the nature of our opposition. This is the fundamental ideological separation between “them” and “us”. It is imperative to understand this central distinction. We are at a point of critical mass, the conflict is right here, right now. We have to face it head on, without compromise, and provide no quarter. We have to set down our inherent compassion and fight, really fight.

We are not just trying to win elections, we are trying to avoid a collision of Titanic proportions that will sink our nation and forever alter the course of our future. We carry ourselves into this field of conflict not because of self interest, but because our children, our grandchildren, heck every generation needs to be able to experience the joy of freedom. A freedom of their choosing, a path of their choosing, insuring their “Life – Liberty – and their Pursuit of Happiness” is never at risk.

Deserve victory. Strive valiantly.

God Bless,

Sundance

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11 Responses to Why ?…….

  1. God Bless You for sharing your light with us all!

    Not to take away from any of the truth you have written here. I have always looked at things in the light of Good and Evil. One way leads you in a healthy direction the other away from what is good. Fear leads to HOPELESSNESS and hopelessness is HELL. If they can achieve hopelessness they will have controll. An old ideology and a trick of the Evil one!

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  2. G8rMom7 says:

    As I was reading this Sundance, I was thinking of something that I’ve been pondering for some time. I hope I can adequately say this without being too totally offensive, but what do we do about people who just do not have the mental capacity (not talking about insanity…just “smarts”) to do anything more with their lives than work as an usher in a movie theater, or an operator at a theme park…not that those jobs are worthless, but as someone who has done both, they were great jobs to have to get me somewhere else (while I was in school, while I tried to move up the corporate ladder etc). But there are some people that will go no farther than that…and they are fine with that in their lives.

    But THEN that person wants to have a family (or accidentally gets a family) and they can’t support this person on a minimum wage salary. Shoot, you can barely afford rent in a decent apartment in a min wage salary job. Not that I think we should give people like this free stuff to compensate for their lack of motivation/smarts (what have you), but what do we tell someone like that? How do we convince them that 1. Liberals are not going to make things better for you and 2. Conservatives are going to provide the OPPORTUNITY to better yourself…if you chose not to take those opportunities, then you will have to live with the consequences and you’ll have no one to turn to (or at least no gov’t to turn to).

    I dunno…I have these neighbors that I see every morning at the bus stop with their three kids. They are nice people but sort of well…white trash. For instance, the dad had on a t-shirt one day (in front of his kids mind you) that said “Threesome” and had two symbols for women (like you see on a bathroom door) on either side of a man symbol. Under one woman symbol it said “wife” and the other woman said “best friend”. Nice. Two of their kids have cell phones (as do each of them) and I know they are on the “free lunch” program at school. Basically, these are just one family of many that have just grown accustomed to doing as little as possible while receiving as much as possible from the system.

    I guess pointing out the grossness (the dad’s t-shirt) really has no place in this discussion, but it shows that the likelihood of him bettering himself and his job prospects is slim to none.

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    • IMHO – Gatormom, what you are struggling with is what I outlined in the first paragraph when I said …”the opposition knows that inherently my beliefs reflect my concern for others and they use this against me”….

      Often compassionate people, which we are, want for others. We want the very best in life for everyone and hence your question about “what to do” regarding a person of inequitable capacity. But, what we have to accept is that not everyone is created with equal ability, capacity, or even motivation. This has long been understood for generations and generations. However, since around 1950 we allowed growth of what I call “Dr. Spockism” where we, with all the best intents and purposes, arrogantly attempted to level the playing field and create equal outcome.

      A simple example for this is trophies for participation instead of contribution. We began to define ‘all people being equal’ to mean that all people should have an equal outcome. This is fundamentally impossible, yet we allowed the progressive movement to sell this lie, among others, as a truth. The progressives began to talk about “rights” as being ownership of “stuff”, (example: Home ownership [outcome] as a right – regardless of capacity), right to cell phone, right to internet, right to (fill in the blank), and because the popular ideological movement was affirming this, we just accepted the truism.

      Now we can see the outcome from the false ideology and what it has created. We have raised almost an entire generation to believe they are entitled to “stuff” as a right.

      What you are describing above in your question is “how do we give them that stuff”? An impossible question to answer. The only thing “we” as a society can do is provide opportunity, free from predjudice, in essence to provide the freedom to choose their liberty as they determine it. The outcome is up to the individual, as is their “responsibility” to deal with the outcome of their “choices”.

      Should a person of limited capacity make a choice to have a family (including children) that is beyond their capacity, then “we” as a loving society bear no responsibility for their choice, it is theirs. Period. This is where we have allowed the progressive 1960’s to disrupt the natural order of things. If the natural order was restored, and there were consequences to choices made beyond capacity then you would see far fewer bad choices being made.

      So long as we take the responsibility off the individual, and ask what “we should do”, we are perpetuating the problem. Instead perhaps ask what we should STOP doing?

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      • GracieD says:

        Sundance, very well said! I could not agree more.
        My philosophy is that I will help anyone that I can, but I will not enable anyone. If someone needs help, and is doing all that they can to help themselves, then I will pitch in as best I can. I also follow God’s leading. If He leads me to help someone, I do it, no questions asked. There is a definite difference between helping someone and taking away/discouraging any ambition they may have to better themselves.

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    • stellap says:

      SD is right. If you don’t have someone else to pick you up, you find a way to pick yourself up. You get a second job, you cut spending, you cut lawns, you iron linens (my girlfriend did that the last time she was laid off; she’s not proud), you shovel snow, you babysit.

      About the cell phone: If you are low income, you can now get a cell phone with 200 minutes a month, courtesy of the Federal government (us).

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    • G8rMom7 says:

      I just want to be clear…I do NOT want to help these neighbors I talk about. They do not get any sympathy from me (however their kids do because their parents act like children themselves). I just wonder how we can change that mentality that is so ingrained in our society now? It’s like that cat is out of the bag, and how do you shove it back in?

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      • I get what you are saying, and I agree. Especially with the “cat out of the bag” problem.

        However, perhaps I am naive but I am hopeful. I am hopeful the natural order of things as described will be restored. In essence I believe it has to, and will occur. One of the reasons for my hope is the fundamental belief in what makes the United States of America great. Freedom.

        When you peel all the skin back from our manipulative political ideology in essence what we have done is diminished freedom. All the best intentions are naught when, and if, they diminish individual freedom. The collective ideology definately diminishes freedom, and essentially places government in the position of caretaker. At first this has somewhat of an appeal, but after a while people realize it is not ultimately a good thing. They begin to notice at first their own diminishing individuality. This is the point I believe we are right now.

        The response you see everywhere is to the diminishment of freedom. Government telling you what to eat, what you cannot eat, where to live, how to dress, what you can and cannot say, what you must purchase and posess etc. etc. etc. All these things appeal to a collective but diminish the individual freedom. It is the recognition of these freedoms being diminished that brings people toward the conservative movement. That is why the political ‘middle’, or independents, have moved so substancially toward conservatism.

        Freedom, individual freedom, is a core American value. We were founded, and succeeded because we do not like government interference in our lives, our choices. That value is at the very heart of why people want to be American.

        Europeans have become acclimated to massive nanny state big controlling government, China is also massive nanny state big controlling government. The United States is the only nation with “individual liberty” as a core value. All other nations view government as providing “rights” that they define. American rights are inherent in the individual, not government.

        Those same college students that rail against the proverbial “man”, ultimately become aware that their freedoms are diminished by the very socialistic tendency of distribution that they support.

        I believe in American Exceptionalism, because it lies at the very core of our national identity. That is why I still view things as very hopeful. The masses have tasted the bitter sweet pill of diminished freedom. They are now beginning to realize that government cannot provide the solution. Government is the problem. I am hopeful 😀

        Thank you for the opportunity to provide a response. 😀

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  3. stellap says:

    Thank you for this essay, SD. I believe you are correct on every point.

    I had a cousin recently write (on Facebook) that she had “sacrificed enough”. It came up over the cuts in funding for PBS and NPR. I told this cousin, and another that joined the conversation, that if they like PBS and NPR, they should write a check in support. They said they can’t afford to write a check. I asked them if it was fair that I pay for their share of NPR and PBS, and should I also pay for their cable?

    They asked me what I would cut from the budget. I said that everything in the budget should be on the table, including Soc Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. One cousin said she couldn’t have afforded to go to college if she hadn’t gotten Social Security when her father died. The one who said she had sacrificed enough said her hours were cut and she couldn’t afford to pay for medical coverage, and she couldn’t help her son with his college tuition or his medical coverage. They both think the government owes these things to them.

    What is wrong with these people? They are both well-educated, and one of them is married, the other is divorced. I suspect that the one who says she can’t afford medical insurance has money in the bank (she sold a house a couple of years ago at a profit), and is earning too much to get help from the state of Oregon, where she lives. Oregon has a very generous policy for supplying help with medical insurance if your income is below a certain threshold. She doesn’t want to spend her money for insurance is the real fact.

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  4. Wraith says:

    SD, I stand in awe. <—genuflects

    Doing my part to make it viral.

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  5. Gypsy says:

    I applaud you SD. Well said!

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  6. You know I was rereading these comments above and I remembered something a very special person once told me “When you take what is ours and give it away, you deny our God giving right to perform His works of Mercy through His Hands. Us”
    It is a trick of the evil one, that absolves us from performing our duty to help those in need of help, by freeing our mind of it.
    Remember Ebenezer Scrooges remark on his paid taxes and the poorhouses? I am taxed for them, isn’t that enough?

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