10 Key Conservative Principles

Today’s popular definition of “conservative” means little more than “that group of people/notions that stand opposite to what the ‘liberals’ stand for”. And even then I’m not sure how often they’re actually opposing.

Anthony G. Martin has a nice summary of 10 Key Conservative Principles.

1. ‘Government money’ does not belong to government. It belongs to the taxpayers who worked hard for it, and who had funds deleted from their paychecks even before they got to see them.

2. The government that governs best governs LEAST.

3. Government normally does not solve problems. People do. Big government usually IS the problem.

4. Oppressive large governments are responsible for more murders of citizens than all of the wars in history.

5. The private sector is where the juice of society lies. There you will find ingenuity, creativity, and the creation of wealth–provided government gets out of the way.

6. Government social programs reward pathological dependency. True adults, unless hindered by debilitating physical impairment, seek independent living as free persons who are not stuck in an infantile dependency on the government nanny.

7. The one role of government mandated by the U.S. Constitution is to provide for the national defense.

8. Human rights are not granted by government. They are inherent and automatic. We are ‘endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.’ Government can only choose to recognize and protect those inherent rights.

9. The right to self-defense, as encapsulated in the 2nd Amendment, is the key to all of the other rights described in the Bill of Rights. Free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, and a free press are secured and kept secure by an armed citizenry.

10. Our form of government is NOT a ‘pure democracy’ or ‘majority rule.’ In a Constitutional Republic such as ours, the will of the majority is tempered and limited by the rights of the minority, which are always intact and unalienable regardless of the ‘will of the majority.’


9 thoughts on “10 Key Conservative Principles

  1. I like principle number 2 … govern best that governs the least. I totally vibe with that. Unfortunately, all round the world, governments are extending their reach into our lives; regulating almost everything. Plus the gross tax intakes are very very large. Big Gov is what we have to today.

    longing for a small l liberal approach.


    • What we have to remember is law restricts. Do we need some law? Yes: the notion of a Republic is based upon some law because without it you truly can’t have freedom (see this video). But like all good “truly simple” things, perfection is achieved when there’s nothing left to remove (not when there’s nothing left to add). So really, less restriction equates to more freedom, does it not?

      So how do we stop this? It’s got to come from We The People. We have to stand up and stand strong. We have to let our feelings be known. We have to fight to regain the ground we’ve lost.

  2. Our government is an oligarchy, it is run BY and FOR millionaires. Conservatives have ruined this country. When they say less regulation, they mean that our water and air will be like Mexico’s. When they say less taxes, they mean on millionaires. You better wake up!!

  3. wow i’ve pretty much always considered myself a liberal that loves his 2nd amendment rights due to the behavior i see coming from the majority of the politicians that fly the “conservative flag” but i have to stop and re think that for a minute now because, with a couple of exceptions, i actually agree with 70% of this list myself even as “liberal” as i consider myself to be.. thanks for yet another great eye opener..

    • I think being a true conservative is different from what bastardization we have going around today as “Republicans”. If there’s any party that comes closest to manifesting what true conservatives think, it’s the Libertarians.

      Funny thing is, when I speak directly with folks and get at their root beliefs, we often find they adhere to Libertarian principles… but they cling so much to the “big 2 party system” for whatever dogmatic reason.

      • i’ll be the first to admit that i have been as guilty of clinging to the two party system as anyone up until now.. but i think that is going to have to change given the behaviors of both parties after recent events. I dont think that prayer OR gun control is going to do a damn thing to “save” our society from the evil we have seen on friday because that evil is perpetuated by almost every single one of us on some level. even if we would like to believe with all of our heart that we are not part of the problem.

        • We are all human, we are all flawed, and none of us are above.

          Frankly, if we humbled ourselves a little more, if we looked in the mirror first… that might go a long way.

          • another nail hit on the head.. if we as a nation werent drunk on the power we perceive to have because of our pride, arrogance, and false assumptions of superior intelligence, we would be able to see past that proverbial “log in our eye” and see that we are no better than the people we target with our attempts to shame and control via fear and hatred. i’m not a religious man by any means, but i think there are some valuable lessons among the lunacy in the modern christian bible. if people got back to the turn the other cheek, the do unto others, and the judge not parts of the bible and away from whatever parts they choose to interpret as giving them the moral high ground to spew their hate from, we would be in a much different place. socially, politically, and i dare say even financially. and we would be in that different place to a degree of magnitude that i doubt anyone would think possible in our current times.

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