You Might Be A Conservative If …
By: Ken Hughes
You might be a conservative if you believe the constitution is the foundation of our government. You may be a conservative if you believe congress is responsible to the people. You might be a conservative if you believe change is at the discretion of the people and not the government. You might be a conservative if you believe America is the land of opportunity and not dependability. You might be a conservative if you believe in God, Country and Family.
The Tenth Amendment:/b>
< i>â€The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.â€
The tenth amendment is perhaps the most ambiguous and ignored of all the articles and amendments in the constitution. The constitution was written to guarantee the peoples rights over those of the government. The constitution wasnâ€™t written for lawyers and courts to mull over in order to put their own syntax to work. The constitution was written [in the language of the day] to assure the public their freedom from an oppressive government. The tenth amendment is ignored because some critical words defining its true meaning were left out or have been misinterpreted over time. The founding father were careful not to micro manage the responsibilities of the new government yet not give it cart blanch the intent was to be fair to all without over regulating any.
If we are to interpret the tenth amendment in its most simplistic form that the government has no authority to legislate welfare and bailouts for anyone or any businesses. The constitution doesnâ€™t authorize congress to lend or give money away except in cases of national emergency. The only financial benefit the government is authorized to convey on its citizens and documented immigrants is opportunity and the freedom to pursue such opportunities as they wish for the purposes of enriching themselves. And that the people shall be free to pursue a lifestyle of their choice without interference from the government. If you hold these truths to be self-evident then you might be a conservative.
Being a conservative doesnâ€™t mean being a Republican any more than being a liberal means being a Democrat. Political ideology can come in many forms to anyone. Itâ€™s not the titles we should worry about itâ€™s the extremes. Over zealous beliefs can be dangers on either side of the political spectrum.
The concept behind a government of the people by the people and for the people was to create a government that would handle those things to broad in scope for the average citizen to be bothered with and not to get in the way of the individuals personal rights. The United Colonies of America was the worldâ€™s first legitimate government of any size the people governed the government. The intention was always for the individual to be above the government. In the early days of the Republic there were a number of insurrections when the people took up arms against the government in protest of what they considered unjust laws. Democracy was never intended to be a cake walk into the future.
When things arenâ€™t perfect congress and the media blame presidents, the public blames presidents the media and congress but whoâ€™s ultimately to blame? â€œWe the Peopleâ€ are the ones who should be taking the Lyon share of the blame. The founding fathers gave voters an opportunity to fine-tune their government every two four and six years. If as voters we throw that opportunity away we are the ultimate losers, as losers weâ€™re in no position to complain.
Americans are becoming like chocolate bars as they become acclimated to their surroundings theyâ€™ve become soft and mushy and are no longer able to hold their shape.