Without tradition, there is nothing conservative. The heart of conservatism is the protection of tradition. Voting Republican does not make anyone a conservative any more than owning a gun makes one a constitutionalist. If conservatism fails to win the culture war reshaping our government and political parties, old and new, we will all become a nation of indentured servants and slaves to the coming tidal wave of immoral tolerance washing over our republic.
After Barrack Obama's 2012 election win, the Republican Party began distancing itself from conservative values. Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus reached out to so-called conservative "Log Cabin Republicans." Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, dropped his conservative pants for corporate American campaign contributors and announced his newfound support for Immigration Reform. Republican Party Congressional leadership and there media errand boy, Karl Rove let it be known that conservatism was no longer part of a winning strategy for the party they financed and now claim to own.
Amnesty, same-sex "marriage" and surrender are now part of the establishment Republican Party. Traditions sacrificed---now blessed by the US Chamber of Commerce, K Street and Wall Street---is a reality.
Tradition is no longer represented by any political party in America. All parties have become the conduit for inclusion and secularism and it is causing the implosion of our nation.
There is no such thing as a conservative homosexual. No conservative supports Immigration reform or a pathway to citizenship. No conservative supports debt ceiling increases or a US Congress that operates unlawfully without a budget, the creation or expansion of any entitlement programs, the confirmation of Presidential appointees and Federal Judges without intense investigations and the legislating of special employment rights and protections for a minority because of their sexual preferences.
More importantly, no conservative supports the right to do what you want when you want.
This is the stuff of Liberty candidates; a poorly thought out and misguided version of liberalism where everyone gets to do what he or she want without government intrusion. A poorly misunderstood and dangerous movement that will destroy as many American traditions---and with it conservatism---as the Democrat Party.
The Gubernatorial Election in Virginia and the Democrats slim victory should serve as a stern warning to America. It should also cause Americans to take pause and ask themselves: What is the definition of a Liberty Candidate?
Liberty candidates are strong fiscal conservatives, supporters of the unfettered free markets, anti-war, pro-isolationist, support ending the Federal Reserve, strong gun rights and America's energy independence; all principles worthy of my conservative support. However, this is where Liberty candidates and conservatism part.
In reality, Liberty candidates are not conservatives. They and their supporters worship a modern interpretation and view of privacy rights or personal autonomy. Liberty candidates' concept of privacy protections makes allowances for abortions and a variety of sexual lifestyles and practices, which are shaped by ever changing public opinions, not law.
Liberty candidates and their supporter's views of personal autonomy buttress same sex marriage (a direct attack on states' rights), LGBT employment non-discrimination (a direct attack on religious freedoms) and a woman's right to choose (again an attack on states' rights and the core virtue of any moral society).
The Liberty movement in America---designed to foster alliances (or compromise) between the Libertarian's and Republicans---is a danger to conservative ideology. Although it and its candidates support many traditional principles, it is the movement's liberal social and moral positions that warrant cautious consideration.
If America is to be rebuilt successfully, it will require compromise from liberals and libertarians, not conservatives. Conservatives did not help elect Terry McAuliffe in Virginia over Ken Cuccinelli. The Libertarian vote did.
Liberty Party supporters would do well to consider the consequences of their votes. I recognize that not every Republican candidate is a dream come true, but your inability to compromise and voting on principle to support your social agenda may make you feel morally superior, but you just put a world class thief and scoundrel in Virginia's capitol.
From this conservative to all Liberty candidate supporters, I will take a Ken Cuccinelli over your Ron Paul any day of the week. As a matter fact, so would your Ron Paul. Apparently liberty---while intoxicating---does not make room for conservatism. Chew on that for a while.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.