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Why I am a Conservative

2020 is a presidential election year, and the divide between right and left has never been bigger. With the proliferation of "Fake News," it is becoming harder and harder to determine who is lying and who is telling the truth. Being informed has never been more imperative. Both sides of the aisle accuse the other of hatred, ignorance and bigotry--the list of name-calling goes on and on. But we must know what we believe and why.

I feel it is important to teach my children the importance of citizenship, and why it is so crucial to make informed decisions to elect our public leaders. I also feel I should tell you why I am a conservative, and why I believe what I believe. My children will always be free to choose their own path and their own philosophy, but I pray they do so with an informed mind.

I am a conservative because I believe in people. I believe that at their core, people are good and kind. I believe that people are capable of making their own decisions on how to live their lives and spend their money, without the interference of the government. I do not believe that the government should be able to regulate how I live my life.

I am conservative because I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America. I believe that the founding fathers of our nation were imperfect, God-fearing men who crafted a document that set up the greatest and strongest government ever known on earth. The constitution is relevant today, and it should not be open to interpretations that deviate from the intent of the founding fathers. The founding fathers knew that times would change, and allowed the constitution to be a living and breathing document with specific steps to amend the document.

I am a conservative because I believe that the money I work for is mine. I believe in paying a small percentage of taxes to take care of general communal needs like roads, schools and city services. There should be minimal governmental restrictions on the money that I earn.

I am a conservative because I believe that higher taxes punish initiative and undermine a free market economy. Just because someone makes more money, it does not mean that person (or business) should have to pay a higher percentage to the government. The people who are making the most money are also creating jobs. There is no motivation to grow a company if the only outcome will be to turn over those profits to the government.

I am a conservative because I believe that the United States was founded on the fundamental principle that individuals have inalienable rights and freedoms that cannot be infringed upon. These rights should only be restricted to the degree necessary to preserve the rights of others.

I am a conservative because I believe that the preservation of our rights and freedoms must be entrusted to a strong national defense. It is imperative that the United States retains the ability to negotiate with other nations from a position of strength. A strong military force is necessary to serve and protect our great nation.

I am a conservative because I believe that Americans must embrace the traditional values of family, morals and principles to keep America strong.

I am a conservative because I believe that moral behavior cannot be legislated, no matter how many laws are passed to protect citizens from the stupid and the immoral. Moral behavior must be taught and instilled in children at an early age.

I am a conservative because I believe that parents have the right to choose how to raise their children and what values to teach their children. This includes the right to public, private or home education. The competition between public and private schools can only increase the level of education.

I am a conservative because I believe in the saying, "Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime." I believe that it is the responsibility of the strong and rich to teach the poor and weak how to better themselves, to teach them how to live and how to "fish." It is not the role of the strong and rich to be governmentally forced to support the weak and poor.

I am conservative because I believe in hard work. I believe that if you work hard and put your everything into something, it will always benefit you. Anyone can achieve success with hard work and determination. Where there is a will, there is a way.

I am a conservative because I believe that everyone has the power within them to make their own choices in life. No one is beholden to their circumstances, no matter how awful they may be. Each of us must account for our actions, and we cannot blame others for our choices.

I am a conservative because I believe that with great freedom comes great responsibility, and that all people should be held accountable for their actions. Our justice system should reflect this, as well. Some crimes are so heinous that the only punishment that fits the crime(s) is death. I fully support the death penalty, when applied to criminals who are guilty of heinous crimes beyond reasonable doubt.

I am a conservative because I believe that all Americans can live together and embrace one another without diminishing the rights of others. This does not, however, mean that I have to condone another's behavior. I am free, according to the 1st Amendment, to express my dissenting opinions. Just because I don't agree with your life choices, doesn't mean I don't accept you or that I am judging you.

I am a conservative because I believe that when I have a differing opinion, it creates opponents, not enemies.

I am a conservative because I believe that all public servants should be held to the highest ethical standard. They are in a position of authority, and therefore should be examples to the rest of society.
“If a man cannot be trusted with the government of himself, can he be trusted with the government of others?” -Thomas Jefferson.

I am conservative because I believe that every human being, born or not, has a right to live.

I am a conservative because I believe that while we are granted certain rights from God, many people mistake rights for "privileges." It is vital that we understand the difference between the two, and not to demand privileges or entitlements from the government.

I am a conservative because I believe that the world owes me nothing. The world was here before I was, and it does not owe me a living, a home, a job, a car, insurance, health care or even food. I must work for those things. I believe that if I need those things, and I am incapable of being able to get those things, it is not the job of the government to take care of me; it is rather my family’s responsibility to take care of my basic needs.

I could probably keep going, but this list will suffice for now. To my children, I say that it is my prayer that you will grow in your faith and knowledge. I will teach you to live by principles, morals and Christian values. I will teach you to take responsibility for yourself and your actions. It will not always be easy or fun, and sometimes it will seem like I am ruining your life. I apologize now for that, but no one owes you a thing. You owe your everything to the One who gave it all. So stand with arms high and heart abandoned to honor and worship Him (that’s partly the lyrics to the Hillsong United song, “Stand”). To my fellow Americans, I say the same thing.


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