Glenn Beck Tries to Define “Conservative”

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Glenn Beck and I agree on many issues, but not this one. Today on his radio show he attempted to define Republicans in the following categories:

  • Constitutionalists = the purists
  • Conservatives = they say they are constitutionalists, but they depart when it comes to governing on the “social” issues
  • RINOS = progressive Republicans

Since this site is dedicated to defining “conservative” and conservative issues, I will not allow Glenn Beck to define who I am and who other conservatives are. So I’m setting the record straight:

We need to be clear on this one:  The “constitutional purists” are the Libertarians. Some hang out in the Libertarian Party, which is a hopeless cause. Others inhabit the halls of Republican conventions.  In general, they have no room for any debate or discussion with anyone who disagrees with them. It’s their way or the highway.

The Libertarians want the “social” issues to go away and only to focus on fiscal issues. “Social” means the “moral” issues, primarily marriage, family and pro-Life issues.  They work right along with the RINOs.

These Libertarians think inside a narrow box and reject the historical context of the Founding and the views of the Founders. As such, they will tell you, “You can’t legislate morality.”

Conservatives have common sense: If we can’t legislate morality, then what do we legislate? Aren’t lying (perjury), stealing (theft), and  murder (homicide) moral issues upon which we legislate?

Libertarians are in collusion with the RINO-progressives on the social issues and do great damage to conservatives who are working hard to keep the Republican Party a limited government party, and also a moral party.

Conservatives are those that believe in limited government as it was defined in the Constitution, but they also take into context the original intent of the Founders’ and their “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” views.  Unlike Libertarians, they do not believe that government can work in a moral vacuum.

The “father” of the Constitution, James Madison, said it best in Federalist Paper 51:

But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

RINOs are indeed the progressives and liberals in the Republican Party.  However, in states – or districts – that are overwhelmingly inhabited by Republicans, Democrats (the wolves in sheep’s clothing) abound and get elected as Republicans calling themselves “conservative” – or “moderate” – and who wants to elect anyone from the “far right” or an “extremist.”

Utah is a prime example. I’m at the legislative session nearly every day, and I am amazed at how many Republicans are voting exactly how Nancy Pelosi would vote – for bigger government and for a Democrat agenda.

Take the day-care bill now going through the Utah Legislature.  The sponsor, a Republican with a famous last name – Aaron Osmond – lamented that his bill had “bad timing” because President Obama identified it as a priority in his State of the Union address.

Actually, this has been a democrat priority since I first became involved in politics as a young mother and debated the radical feminists over the day-care issue.  It is the goal of the U.S. Department of Education that all children be raised by the state from cradle to grave in a public education system, managed from the top down, ideas that Ronald Reagan rejected.

By and large, those we elect aren’t qualified to be voting on most of the bills that come past their desks, and we spend an enormous amount of time trying to educate them and keep them from veering from their principles when sad stories enter the hearing room and pull on their heart strings.

Yesterday I testified against a Suicide Prevention program – not because I’m an expert on it, but because I’m not but because it had a fiscal note of $250,000 and then $100,000 each year thereafter.  No program that government starts dwindles away, it typically expands.  I reminded the Republicans on the committee that Utah is nearly $20 billion in debt and they are here to balance a budget and to keep our state fiscally sound.  That’s why I’m here.

In spite of that, only a couple of Republican Representatives had the courage to do the right thing.  So we get what we vote for, don’t we?  Even in “conservative” Utah where everyone runs as a conservative.

But their votes don’t lie, and we will be publishing them at the end of the session so that you can see for yourselves just how many Libertarians, conservatives, RINOs and Democrats we have elected to represent us.

So when the next election comes around, and you hear a candidate tell you that he is a “moderate” or that he’s not part of the “far right,” but he’s a conservative, beware.  He’s really telling you he’s a progressive, a RINO, or a Democrat running as a Republican.