“We have to recognize that in this country “ideology” is a scare word. And for good reason. Marxist-Leninism is, to give but one example, an ideology. All the facts of the real world have to be fitted to the Procrustean bed of Marx and Lenin. If the facts don’t happen to fit the ideology, the facts are chopped off and discarded.“
I consider this to be the complete opposite to principled conservatism. If there is any political viewpoint in this world which is free from slavish adherence to abstraction, it is American conservatism
When a conservative states that the free market is the best mechanism ever devised by the mind of man to meet material needs, he is merely stating what a careful examination of the real world has told him is the truth.
When a conservative says that totalitarian Communism is an absolute enemy of human freedom he is not theorizing — he is reporting the ugly reality captured so unforgettably in the writings of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
When a conservative says it is bad for the government to spend more than it takes in, he is simply showing the same common sense that tells him to come in out of the rain.
When a conservative says that busing does not work, he is not appealing to some theory of education — he is merely reporting what he has seen down at the local school.
When a conservative quotes Jefferson that government that is closest to the people is best, it is because he knows that Jefferson risked his life, his fortune and his sacred honor to make certain that what he and his fellow patriots learned from experience was not crushed by an ideology of empire.
Conservatism is the antithesis of the kind of ideological fanaticism that has brought so much horror and destruction to the world. The common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women, working out their own lives in their own way — this is the heart of American conservatism today. Conservative wisdom and principles are derived from willingness to learn, not just from what is going on now, but from what has happened before.
The principles of conservatism are sound because they are based on what men and women have discovered through experience in not just one generation or a dozen, but in all the combined experience of mankind. When we conservatives say that we know something about political affairs, and that we know can be stated as principles, we are saying that the principles we hold dear are those that have been found, through experience, to be ultimately beneficial for individuals, for families, for communities and for nations — found through the often bitter testing of pain, or sacrifice and sorrow.
One thing that must be made clear in post-Watergate is this: The American new conservative majority we represent is not based on abstract theorizing of the kind that turns off the American people, but on common sense, intelligence, reason, hard work, faith in God, and the guts to say: “Yes, there are things we do strongly believe in, that we are willing to live for, and yes, if necessary, to die for.” That is not “ideological purity.” It is simply what built this country and kept it great.
Let us lay to rest, once and for all, the myth of a s8mall group of ideological purists trying to capture a majority. Replace it with the reality of a majority trying to assert its rights against the tyranny of powerful academics, fashionable left-revolutionaries, some economic illiterates who happen to hold elective office and the social engineers who dominate the dialogue and set the format in political and social affairs. If there is any ideological fanaticism in American political life, it is to be found among the enemies of freedom on the left or right — those who would sacrifice principle to theory, those who worship only the god of political, social and economic abstractions, ignoring the realities of everyday life. They are not conservatives.
Our first job is to get this message across to those who share most of our principles. If we allow ourselves to be portrayed as ideological shock troops without correcting this error we are doing ourselves and our cause a disservice. Wherever and whenever we can, we should gently but firmly correct our political and media friends who have been perpetuating the myth of conservatism as a narrow ideology. Whatever the word may have meant in the past, today conservatism means principles evolving from experience and a belief in change when necessary, but not just for the sake of change.
Created by our Founding Fathers using empirical evidence, the study of human behavior and the true nature of man over the entire history of existence, not an era, or the past decade. The Founders accounted for the actions of man from inception. Combined with their own wealth of personal experiences the Constitution of the United States was perfected. Our founding document the legal document that governs American citizens, is the longest governing Constitution in recorded history. There are no other Constitutions that have created more prosperity, allowed for more freedom, or endured longer, not one.
American Conservatism is quite literal in how it sounds. Conservatism derived from the word conserve and American describes our National Identity, Conservatives are trying to conserve or preseve the values, beliefs, and traditions that were the experienced and well thought out ideas of men who were bound to the highest degree of logic, reason, and rational thought, and their ideas were still argued, debated, and deliberated over with the utmost scrutiny and finally codified and cemented in our Constitution.
Conservatives are protecting in promoting our proven Capitalist Free Market economy, based on the ability for rational economic actors, acting in their own self interest, needs, and desires, informing themselves so they can negotiate fair prices for goods and services they wish to aquire in the most efficient way.
Government intrusion by regulations, subsidies, trade barriers, and unreasonable labor laws distort the market from producing origina ideas, invention, g compensation. When politicians like Bernie Sanders, who is an economic illiterate talk about the 1% and income inequality they’re talking about issues in large part they have created. Sanders claims to be a Democratic Socialist that’s fine, but the history of democratic socialism is in communism. It’s the tired old tactic all leftists use, semantic infiltration.
Americans adherence to a Creed so many peoples of different ethnicities, races, and parts of the world have contributed to and been protectors of our Common Culture and enforced a commitment to a Civil Society.
Moored to the Constitution our culture is based on rational thought, intellectual curiosity, logic, the nature of man, The English Language, A Dissenting Anglo-Protestant Christianity, Moralism, Individualism, Work Ethic, and The Rule of Law. American Conservatism is the proven belief system that is truest to America’s founding principles.
Our unique National ethos, at least by comparison to other nations that have dared to formally state one, is responsible for unprecedented success regarding morality, economics, and a freedom the rest of the world has never experienced.
Carlos David Aguilar
In 1782 the French-born American farmer J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur recognized this with his famous image of America as a country in which “individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men.” The “Melting pot,” we’ve all come to know as our national motto.