On one of these posts someone said that with the exception of 1) Supporting the troops, and 2) Pro-life, they did not know what else it means when someone states that they are a 'Conservative.' I doubt that I am a typical conservative, but would hope to start a dialog, state some of my positions and possibly start meaningful, mature dialog.
I have said before that I am a 'Constitutional Conservative'. Now, what does that mean, right? To me:
1) The Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights says it all. It is a living document, but that does not mean that its words should be perverted to advance either of the present political parties agendas.
2) Limited Government: IMO, half the things the government is currently involved in domestically are things that are a waste of taxpayer dollars. Programs that are worthless. Case in point: Do you know there is Helium farm maintained in Texas at the cost of millions of dollars per year. It was created back in the 1920's or 1930's when the US was involved in using zeppelins for military applications. Why is it still maintained? Are there that many people who want to talk like Daffy Duck? Limited government involves alot more, as in the abuse of power, such as its recent eniment domain ruling.
3) Support of the military: In the Constitution, government is suppose to provide for the "common defense", i.e. military. I have supported the military all my life. I am the son of a vet (R.I.P. Dad), I served, and my wife also served in the military. I do not care what the party affiliation is of the P.O.T.U.S., I support our military and candidates who also push for better equipment, facilities, and benefits for the members of the military.
4) Pro-life: Yes, I can say that I am. I would have to address this on two levels. A) How the Supreme Court in 1973 found this as a 'right' in the Constitution. B) How it is used as the extreme form of contraception. Was this the original intent of Roe vs Wade?
Like nuclear weapons, it is a genie that is out of the bottle, and will not put back in. I do believe that there should be limits placed on its use, i.e. the ban on the partial-birth abortion procedure.
5) The sovereignty of America: I am outraged at how porous our borders are, the flood of illegal aliens, the crimes they are allowed to commit without being deported, the sanctuary cities, and the speciai interest groups who's agendas are detrimental to the U.S. maintaining its sovereignty. Part of Section 8 of the Constitution states, To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions. No one can deny that the illegal alien problem is an invasion, nor can they deny that any group (including businesses) which support illegals coming to the US or working here could be considered insurrectionists.
Lack of enforcement of current immigration laws is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
6) Low taxes: Along with limited (smaller) government, taxes should be low. There is too much waste in the government and we all know it. What to lower the deficit? One step would be to cut 'foreign aid' by 50% if not more. Tens of billions of dollars are sent overseas and wasted by them. Domestic programs that have shown they fail; end them. Currently government's answer is to throw more money at those failed programs.
I could state some other points, but these points presented are enough to start a debate/dialog.