Happy Saturday! I along with Rebecca who wrote earlier today am thrilled to be guest-blogging here on a regular basis! In her post, Rebecca described some of the background of our blog and how we met DaTechGuy. We are grateful that he graciously invited us to join his blog, and also enjoyed our time on Da Radio Show today!
For this first post, I hope to share with you my motivation for blogging. I started blogging almost four years ago, and can attest that it is a lot of hard work. Blogging is a labor of love. You work to get your message out there and hope that people will listen. You anxiously monitor your site’s statistics and hope that at least a few people who are reading are inspired by it. Bloggers (most of us at least) know that we do not individually have the same impact of larger media outlets, but that doesn’t matter. The point is that there are thousands of us, pouring our hearts and souls into our writing with a passion that we hope will persuade someone, somewhere to action.
After this last election, the GOP is wandering aimlessly looking for how it can attract more voters. If you listen to some pundits and current elected officials, you’d think that the GOP is almost dead. The truth is, if the GOP decides to move away from its core values, it will be dead.
My very first post on AmericaisConservative.org said: “This blog is dedicated to the fact that I believe, in my heart, that this is a conservative nation. When conservatives express ourselves correctly, when we lay out our beliefs with clarity, when we aren’t stumbling all over ourselves, when we have a clue what we stand for – we are in the majority. But, when we lose this message, we lose support.”
I still believe that today. We ARE a conservative nation. Why, you ask? Because the basic values that have bound us together for 200+ years are just as true and necessary now as they always have been. And, when we clearly articulate those values, people listen. Ronald Reagan won 49 states in 1984. That seems almost unbelievable today, but it really wasn’t that long ago. He was passionate, and he stayed true to conservative values. And, people listened.
So, what are those values? What kind of nation are we? Let’s talk about some of our most precious core beliefs.
We are a Judeo-Christian nation – From our earliest days, our leaders were not afraid to speak of God and His influence in their lives. God was a part of the culture of this country. At no point in time has everyone seen Him in the exact same way, but most at least looked His direction for understanding. More and more now, our nation believes that all of the answers can be found elsewhere. Our connection to Deity is growing weaker.
Why is it important for Americans (and all people, for that matter) to believe in a Higher Power? The Declaration of Independence makes bold statements about the existence of rights that pre-exist any government. Increasingly, Americans don’t make the connection that we have rights which are “inalienable.” They don’t link together the growing size and scope of government with the resultant reduction in freedoms. They buy into the idea that the government gives and the government takes away. Therefore, when the government does give or take away, Americans defend the “right” of the government to do so instead of the right of the individual to deny that power to government.
Most Americans, in their hearts, do believe in Deity. It is not a huge leap to then understand the concept of God-given rights.
We believe religious freedom strengthens our nation – Go ask anyone on the street what the First Amendment says, and I guarantee you will hear a response that has to do with freedom of speech. People forget that there is more to it than that:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Before anything is mentioned regarding freedom of speech, the First Amendment recognizes the rights of individuals to worship as they wish. The robustness of our nation was strengthened by our zeal in valuing this right.
We recognize that the central unit of our society is the family – When I was in sixth grade, I took a social studies test and one of the questions was “what is the central unit of society?” It was multiple choice and the two answers I could not decide between were: the family and the government. I vacillated between those two choices, eventually choosing the government. The good news is that I actually got that answer wrong on the test. The bad news is that fewer and fewer individuals, children and adults alike, would get the answer right today.
The ties that bind a society together have always started with the family. The Heritage Foundation has produced a lot of great work making this case statistically. (See FamilyFacts.org) A few tidbits of data from their site: Single women are more likely to be living below the poverty level than married couples, more and more couples are cohabitating and not getting married, teens with intact families are less likely to be sexually active, nearly 1 in 2 children lives in a household with just a mother who has never been married. The family adds stability to a society. Children have the right to live with and be raised by both mother and father. Of course there are special circumstances where the ideal is not possible, but that should not be our social norm nor our desired state. Even in this society of “live and let live,” most Americans know that protecting the family is important. We have to continue to make this case. The data is overwhelming in favor of the family.
We value life – There is simply no excuse for the number of babies who never have their first breath because their very mothers who gave them life make the decision to abort. And, when we have honest conversations with Americans about what we really value, they acknowledge that this practice is wrong and has gone too far. Many of the people who support the “right” to have an abortion would never have one themselves, but don’t want to forbid others. This is certainly a more convenient position, but many of these individuals can be persuaded.
We believe that individual freedoms are protected with a smaller central government – At this point, this is a given. If you consider the other values, then this one is obvious. A strong, religiously diverse society filled with stable, traditional families does not need a large government. They have little reason to rely on the government other than for national needs like national security.
All of these values in their aggregate support a strong society that values individual freedom and accountability. These values represent our bedrock principles that must be guarded. These values do not come from politics or government, but from the people.
That is why I blog, to be another voice promoting these values. I am grateful to have the opportunity to introduce myself to DaTechGuy’s readers and look forward to many entries and robust discussions. My entries will not always be so serious (for instance, when Suits is back on this summer, expect some posts about the greatness that is Harvey Spector), but mostly what you can expect from me is a happy warrior, attempting to articulate why I am forever grateful to be an American and why this is such a great nation.
Lisa @ Americaisconservative.org