Conservative Issues: The Modern Conservative

by CJFosdick on October 25, 2009

It is now time for some political education. Is there a difference between, say, a Conservative and a Republican? What are the differences between Right-Wing, Moderate, Far-Right, Religious Right, and Belt-Way Conservatives? What is a RINO? Or are there differences? Going further in this conservative blog is a comparison of the terminology to identify a Conservative?

The Republican Party is said to have a big tent. Included in the Republican Party are those who believe in most of the Republican issues. However, not all Republicans believe in Conservatism. Thus, if you are a Conservative, you also are most likely a Republican, but a Republican might not be a Conservative. In addition, some Conservatives in this modern world have become Independents, voting either Republican or Democrat depending on the person running and his/her views.

Starting at the far-right are the extreme ULCONs, (Ultra-Conservatives, like the Religious Right who tend to be Born-Again Christians) ranging to the other extreme, the RINOs (Republicans-in-name-only). Most Republicans fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, but in elections, they almost always vote Republican. However, there are a few who cross over and vote Democrat. For example, Colin Powell, a Republican, made it known he voted for Obama.

To try and make sense of this, I would like to give some history: “Right-Wing” refers to the seating arrangements of the Legislature going back to France of 1791. The Royalists sat on the right and wanted to keep the Old Order, and supported the king. They were conservative. The “Left-Wing” was more radical and sat on the left, supporting socialism and liberalism. At this time the Left-Wing was also known for mob-violence. The Right-Wing refers to those who sit on the right side of the aisle and to this day, most want to keep the old traditions, morals, and values of our fore-fathers, while the Left wing wants change; they want to leave the old order behind as antiquated and not applicable in the modern world.

This background is important because our Conservative, Right-Wing traditions go back to 1791, although muted by the years. Right-Wingers today are still traditionalists, wanting to keep the basic government as it was set by the Constitution. Liberals, or Left-Wingers see the Constitution as a changing document that molds itself to the modern day. Moderate Conservatives are willing to seek some new directions, while still keeping most of the Conservative Tenants from the past. Today, Republicans tend to be religiously-oriented wanting to keep prayer in public life, being Pro-Life, and seeing the Constitution as an unchanging document, while Democrats tend more to secularist ideas, wanting religion out of public life, approving of abortion, and wanting to change the constitution to fit the modern era.

Beltway Republicans are those who live around Washington D.C. and are in a political class of their own. They are often more caught up with politics than most and tend to be very much involved in the political issues of the day — the cultural view, economic factors, political economy, and even political globalization. They are experts in their fields and can be either Conservative or Moderate. Whichever side they are on, they tend to be able to expound at great lengths on their views, getting in a great deal of either moderate or conservative spin. If you listen to them, you will know within a few words where they stand on political politics, cultural issues, and economic problems. They give valuable advice and it is worth your time to listen to their views.

Keep in mind, there is a great deal of blurring of edges between types of Republicans, Conservatives, and Moderates. Politics, like religion, is a personal thing. Thank goodness, we can all choose how to believe. This is part of the greatness of America, the right to choose how we feel and the freedom of speech to express these views.

Information from: Left-Right Politics, Wikipedia

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Cecil Lee Ruseell November 2, 2009 at 6:23 am

Excellent article! Aptly describes the fundamental differences between Republicans like Arlen Specter; Olympia Snowe; Colin Powell and Michael Steele from Conservatives like myself, Gov. Palin; Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. We understand that the more freedom and liberty the individual has, the stronger the economy is.

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CJFosdick November 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

Dear Cecil;

So true about economy and freedom. I am worried sick, that the more Obama can gain control of our economy, the more freedoms we Americans will lose. I feel the answer for Republicans right now is to return to our conservative base and take a strong, vocal stand against the far left agenda being forced on us by the Obama Whitehouse. I’d love to read more on your ideas and input. Sincerely, Carol Fosdick

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Surprise123 May 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Ms. Fosdick,
An admission: I’m a Keynesian liberal (just to let you know my biases).
How do you define freedom? Is it only freedom from government intervention? Or, do you recognize that freedom can be restricted by private actors? And, if so, does government have a role to play in ensuring that private actors don’t limit the freedom of other citizens too severely (beyond the mere administration of justice)?

Over the past 30 years, the economic bargaining power of Americans has been severely curtailed: the transfer of economic opportunity and jobs to arenas in which people do not have political rights (Communist China, U.S. prisons, etc.), and the automation of jobs has meant that the average citizen has lost a lot of his economic bargaining power and ability to influence the political system, the system in which the rules of the game are decided: in comparison to 30 years ago, the average American citizen has far less ability to lobby, to donate money to candidates, or to run for office. But, meanwhile, the ability of America’s wealthiest citizens to lobby, to donate money to candidates, or to run for office has grown exponentially.

How do these facts fit into your understanding of freedom? Does it bother you at all that the average American has lost much of his ability to influence the political system in comparison to most wealthy Americans? That the voice of wealthy Americans in American politics is amplified by megaphones, microphone, and even stadium sound systems; but, the voice of the average American in American politics is mainly his vote (which, of course, still carries some power, paritcularly in swing states) and his larnyx?

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Hoodoo August 9, 2011 at 5:30 am

I find it odd that so called conservatives who want to keep old values tend to pick and chose what profits them. I am so mad I could spit at conservatives who cannot see the importance of saving the USS Olympia for future generations. We have to give something to our future generations other than just debt. While I think that most American conservatives would spend a few bucks each out of their own pocket to save the ship, the conservative politicos have a stranglehold on what most conservatives hear and you can bet the liberal press won’t talk about it. There are millionaries that could get together and for very little save the Olympia but they won’t…pretty disgusted all around. Conservative values? I don’t think so.
See: http://blog.preservationnation.org/2011/07/18/uss-olympia-remains-afloat-but-repairs-are-needed/
http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/sites/northeast-region/the-uss-olympia.html

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CJFosdick August 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

I FIND IT HUMOROUS THAT YOU SAY THE LIBERAL PRESS WON’T PRINT ANYTHING ABOUT THE USS OLYMPIA. I THINK THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR ALL AMERICA AND THE NEWS NEEDS TO GET OUT. I FEEL VERY DEEPLY ABOUT SAVING AMERICA’S GLORY AND PAST GREATNESS FOR THE FUTURE. YOU BLAME CONSERVATIVES. WHAT THEY WANT IS TO NOT SADDLE OUR FUTURE YOUTH WITH MASSIVE DEBTS THAT THEY CANNOT PAY OFF. I BELIEVE SAVING THE USS. OLYMPIA SHOULD CUT ACROSS ALL PARTY LINES. IT SHOULD BE FUNDED WITH PRIVATE DONATIONS RATHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT. I WILL BE HONEST. I HEARD ONE REPORT ONLY (ON FOX NEWS ABOUT THE OLYMPIA AND THOUGHT WHEN I HEARD IT THAT IT WAS A CRYING SHAME THAT THIS SHIP WAS TO BE SUNK. THERE WAS NO FURTHER NEWS ABOUT IT, AND I DON’T REMEMBER IF IT ALREADY HAS BEEN SUNK, OR IF IT WILL HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE. I TRIED TO FIND SOMETHING ON LINE, BUT DID NOT FIND ANY UP-TO-DATE NEWS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I AGREE THIS IS A TRAVESTY AND SO TYPICAL OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN MODERN AMERICA.

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