Conservative….I am pretty much to the point that I don’t know what that word means anymore. There has been serious definition creep on the meaning of that word over my life time.
When I was younger, Conservative meant the Buckley-Goldwater-Reagan wing of the GOP. It meant the fiscal hawks who railed against big debts and big government. It meant that people (and too big to fail companies) should be free to choose, free to make mistakes, and free to fail without the nanny state there to ‘help’ them; Conservative meant you would fight the progressives and ‘tax and spend liberals’ to preserve freedoms enumerated in the Constitution. Goldwater’s “Conscience of a Conservative” was the lens by which Conservatives saw the world.
Recently, the mantle and definition of “Conservative” has been twisted and abducted by those who would not have been “Conservative” in the past. George Bush is an example. Sure, he talked good game but governed like a Progressive adding debt and government programs and in real terms, governing over 8 years negative wage growth, flat GDP growth, huge bailouts of failed entities, and debt debt debt. But, hey, he talked about God and claimed to be a Christian. Good enough to be a ‘Compassionate Conservative’ Whatever that means.
On righty blogs, anyone who is from the libertarian/fiscon Buckley-Goldwater-Reagan wing has been pushed out of the ‘Conservative Club’ for being libertarian on social issues. Its in our nature to allow people to make their own decisions and then they have to live with the consequences. If you aren’t four square against abortion, 100% behind the police, and happen to believe that states should make their own laws independent of DC then you are not Conservative, you are a libertarian Paulian Kook! So says the God Squad.
SO now, to be a Conservative all one must do is publicly natter on about Jesus and God, be totally against abortion, never believe the police can be wrong, and be OK with big government as long as the big government is doing you bidding.
Why am I on my horse? Mike Huckabee is going to run again as a ‘Conservative’.
“My own frustration with President Obama is not merely the dramatic point of view that I have with him, between his liberal views and my conservative ones. It’s as much with his squandering the opportunity that he had that he do he said he would do … back in 2008. …
“Quite frankly governing is hard work. It requires the patience of Job, the strength of Samson, the courage of David, the perseverance of Noah, the intellect of Paul, the wisdom of Solomon, and the forgiveness of Jesus. And there is no substitute for time spent building relationships with people who don’t like you and who don’t want to work with you. In the words of that great political philosopher Mick Jagger, ‘You can’t always get what you want.’ …
Wrap your head around that statement that I highlighted.
“[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it’s a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards,” Huckabee said, referring to the need for a constitutional human life amendment and an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Just like in Saudi Arabia? The founders did not have Huckabee’s attitude when they wrote the founding documents. The Constitution was written by Deists, not Evangelicals. The ‘Conservative’ Huckabee governed to the Left of Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas! Praise HIM and pass the tax and spend plate!
I’ll stop here because yinz can continue to Bing “Huckabee is no Conservative”, “Huckabee taxes”, Huckabee record” and read it yourselves.
The Huckster is my straw man for a larger problem on the right, both Scott Walker and Huckabee are called Conservative. One actually is, and one is a Progressive.
Huckabee is a Baptist Preacher, a hard core Progressive with a Bible who is convinced that his way is GOD’s way. He is not at all fiscon or for more personal liberties, smaller government, and state’s rights…you know, the things that founded this country and ideas that USED to define one as a conservative. Now, I guess to be called ‘Conservative’ all one has to do is be a busybody like Huckabee.