You might be a conservative if...
By Mark Alexander
As a follow-up to my profile on the attributes of contemporary liberals, "You Might Be a Liberal If...," I offer this look at the attributes associated with today's conservatives.
Too often, political "Left v Right" labels are applied without conveying anything substantive about the beliefs or worldviews of the individual upon whom the label has been conferred.
So what's in a name?
To answer that question, I've reviewed my own lists of conservative principles in order to better profile those who identify as "conservative." Again, with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy:
You Might Be a Conservative If You...
...embody the real spirit of Patriots' Day.
...still "hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
...believe George Washington is the quintessential model for presidential character.
...never lose sight of what's Good and Right about America.
...would still give your life and fortune in defense of First Principles.
...fully understand that Liberty is endowed by our Creator.
...hold sacred your oath "to support and defend" the Constitution of the United States.
...know what "E Pluribus Unum" actually means.
...are a genuine American Patriot.
...believe that Liberty is colorblind and not a "white thing."
...respect and abide by the plain language of our Constitution.
...know that the Second Amendment makes all other rights possible.
...know that "gun free zones" are actually free-fire zones for mass murderers.
...observe the true meaning of Memorial Day rather than heading to the mall for a great sale.
...honor our nation's noble Veteran Patriots.
...see the election of an utterly unqualified and inexperienced "community organizer" to the most powerful office in the world as proof of how profoundly naive and unserious the American public can be.
...are aware of Barack Obama's history as a lifelong Marxist.
...find Obama's ethnocentric America-hating theology antithetical to Liberty.
...credit the foreign policy fecklessness of our current president for having enabled the "Russian Spring."
...still want John Kerry indicted for treason.
...are proud of, rather than ashamed of, our nation's heritage of faith.
...abhor the oppression of our First Amendment rights to religious expression by DoD and other government agencies.
...reject the Leftist assertion that "faith and politics don't mix."
...know that the words "separation of church and state" do not appear in our Constitution, neither in text or spirit.
...understand that fatherhood is the foundation of Liberty.
...stand firm in defense of Judeo-Christian principles when confronted with the homosexual agenda.
...think protecting our borders is a national security issue, not a political football.
...understand that the 14th Amendment does not authorize citizenship for "anchor babies" and their kinfolk.
...know that profiling potential terrorists is more effective than randomly patting down children and 80-year-old grandmothers.
...know that al-Qa'ida is thriving despite Barack Obama's claims to the contrary.
...created a lot of wealth but have not retired from the front lines of the fight for Liberty.
...know that the near-economic collapse in 2008 was rooted in Democrat economic policies initiated by Bill Clinton in 1994.
...know that America may one day look like Detroit if we continue to elect Democrat "leadership."
...know that the words "fundamentally transforming the United States of America" are a euphemism for "statist tyranny."
...recognize the addictive evil of the ObamaNation Poverty Plantations.
...prefer to give people a hand up rather than a hand out.
...see clearly the hypocrisy of Obama's rhetoric about "income inequality" while he lives like a king on redistributed wealth.
...acknowledge Barack Obama as the modern-day master of the "BIG Lie."
...are at risk of being on Obama's IRS Enemies List.
...know that narcissism and tyranny are political collaborators.
...recognize that ObamaCare must be dismantled or it will accelerate the collapse of free enterprise.
...are well aware that Obama's outright lies about ObamaCare were politically calculated.
...are not among the Left's cadres of Earth worshipers.
...reject the Left's global warming hysteria and recognize the Left's real agenda is regulating free enterprise.
...are aware that recent evidence indicates the Earth may be cooling, not warming.
...are outraged by the Obama administration's alteration of the Benghazi talking points in order to protect Obama's foreign policy image ahead of the 2012 election.
...understand that "tolerance and diversity" are Leftist shorthand for "tyranny."
...recognize race-baiting political hustlers for what they are.
...know that Barack Obama's Leftmedia sycophants are perpetuating a fraud when they pretend to be "journalists."
...view all violence against innocent victims as a "hate crime."
...object to the Leftmedia blackout of black-on-white crime, which is statistically far more frequent than white-on-black crime.
...see the bankruptcy and desperation of the Democrat Party reflected its choice of Bill Clinton as its spokesman.
...are aware that the GOP's "establishment Republicans" are a key element in the Democrats' current "divide and conquer" strategy.
...view fratricidal political infighting as the biggest obstacle to restoring Liberty and Constitutional integrity.
...honor the real spirit of the grassroots Tea Party Movement despite its shameful misrepresentation by the Leftmedia.
...appreciate what George Washington meant when he said, "Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations."
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.