Thursday, February 3, 2011

Is There a Rational Reason Why We Blog?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism


Been thinking of late just why those of us who blog, often spending hours away from family, choose to do so. I suppose, and I am just guessing at this, we blog because we hope to make a difference. At least that is why I chose to get into this crazy endeavor over eighteen months ago. I must admit, however, the effort has far exceed the rewards. Unless of course one counts personal satisfaction as the highest measure of success. In this particular consideration I guess I am left with that comforting thought.

In a much broader sense the principles and values one holds to be true is likely the driver behind why we as individuals choose to blog. We all, if we are honest with ourselves, are striving to change minds and make a difference in this crazy mixed up world we live in.... An admirable reason I suppose, whether you be a conservative or a progressive.

When a person embarks on a journey they usually do so with a clear and well defined vision to guide their efforts. Often, for one reason or the other they lose sight of the principles and vision that was their guiding compass when they started out on their journey. To this charge I must admit to being partially guilty.

So, as I go forward, I here and now reprint now guiding principles.
A Conservative Manifesto
I consider the principles of true, independent, modern day conservatism to be the belief in:


1) Limited government with authority granted to it as enumerated in our Constitution


2) A true free market economy, that is to say, laissez-faire capitalism


3) A judiciary (Supreme Court) that interprets law from a strict constructionist view rather than legislating from the bench.


4) A legislative branch that recognizes their responsibility is to the people and not their own corrupt political interests


5) A government that recognizes the rights of the individual always, and by necessity exceeds the rights of any collective


6) A government that views its mandate to tax the citizenry as limited to funding the proper role of government, not every flavor of social program that happens to come along


7) A government that recognizes the value of borders, language, and culture and insures we do not lose ours through multiculturalism


8) A government that recognizes the only appropriate use of deadly force is in the defense of our borders and our people


9) A government that protects the rights of everyone to free thought and speech, not just those that agree with the government


10) A government that insures it's citizens are protected from crimes against their person or property, and when necessary administers proper and effective punishment

I now add to these principles the following 11th, and perhaps the most important. While implied in the first ten principles I state it clearly now....

11) The search for the truth, however unpopular or unnerving it may be.

I call upon progressive and conservative bloggers alike to embrace the eleventh principle of what this lone independent conservative views as the highest of American values and principles.

PS: If anyone would like to help the cause of liberty {and tip the purveyor of such in the process} feel free to visit the fine Google sights found sprinkled amongst the commentary herein.

3 comments:

  1. We've all got our own reasons, I guess. Mine were purely mercenary. While the sought-for results have been disappointing, there have, indeed, been pleasant surprises along the way.

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  2. The 11th reason is why I blog.

    And that get's to the other ten points you brought up...

    1) You can't have "Limited government" with a massive military state.

    2) You can't have a "true free market economy" without rules to the game.

    3) You can't have a "judiciary (Supreme Court) that interprets law from a strict constructionist view" without contextualism and realism.

    4) You can't have a "legislative branch that recognizes their responsibility is to the people and not their own corrupt political interests" unless only individual citizens, and not corporations and other abstract entities, are allowed to participate in their elections.

    5) You can not have a "government that recognizes the rights of the individual always, and by necessity exceeds the rights of any collective" unless you obey my version of rule number four.

    6) You can not have a "government that views its mandate to tax the citizenry as limited to funding the proper role of government, not every flavor of social program that happens to come along," period. We live in a republic. Not a dogmatic theocracy or some other such thing.

    7) You can not have a "government that recognizes the value of borders, language, and culture and insures we do not lose ours through multiculturalism" unless you want to live in a closed society.

    8) You can not have a "government that recognizes the only appropriate use of deadly force is in the defense of our borders and our people" if we abide a colonial empire.

    9) We can not have a "government that protects the rights of everyone to free thought and speech, not just those that agree with the government" if we have a corporate media that can buy a corporate government.

    10) We can not have a "government that insures it's citizens are protected from crimes against their person or property, and when necessary administers proper and effective punishment" until we agree to define these crimes as infringing on each other's rights, instead of enforcing law against victimless "crime."

    You sound like a liberal here. Good for you! ;)

    JMJ

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  3. JMJ - Please understand one thing...

    I have never made any bones about being an Independent Conservative AND Classical Liberal. As in the vein of Thomas Jefferson {our third President} and James Madison {our fourth President} among other early American Patriots.

    Perhaps a more accurate term to describe my independent beliefs would be.... "an independent preserver of our constitutional republic." Or something like3 that.

    The difference between myself and most progressives {and sometimes conservatives} is they see only one side of any issue. Usually the side someone tells them they should see.

    I am in a good place JMJ as I am my own man. As it has oft been said, "I am who I am and I'm damn comfortable with that."

    Or something like that.

    Actually I am more Libertarian than I am conservative at this stage in my evolutionary political journey.

    Ayn Rand however continues to be a powerful and proper influence.

    We are indeed fortunate we have Objectivism as a rational guide to a p;roper and ethical life.

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