Conservative Principles and the Common Man
|By David M. Huntwork
||February 21, 2014
The raging, twenty-four-seven political debate that consumes social media, news sites, and cable
stations is filled with cheap shots, one-liners, bumper sticker slogans, and tired half-truth
The non-stop jockeying for power often masks the fact that the arguments are actually conflicts
between fundamentally different belief systems and world views.
It is frustrating that political and ideological labels are used haphazardly. Neo-Marxists call
themselves progressives. Liberals call themselves moderates. Libertarians and Objectivists
routinely cloak themselves in the conservative label. And let us not even begin to dwell on the
various names these groups call each other. Rarely does the general populace know, or even care,
what anyone actually stands for and believes in (or why).
Ideological instruction for the average person is inadequate or almost completely absent. High
School instruction is normally simplistic and inaccurate, while college instruction is generally
biased. The media coverage adds another layer of confusion and misinformation. Is it any
surprise then that a great number of our fellow citizens have, at best, a distorted understanding of
the competing world views and agendas that affect their lives on a daily basis?
To help bring clarity to the situation, I have taken the liberty of compiling what I believe are (and
should be) the core principles of Conservatism. Please feel free to contact me or post on the
message boards with comments on this list.
-Honoring our Judeo-Christian Heritage
-Sanctity of Life
-Rejection of the Nanny State
-Respect for Tradition
-Victory in any War
-Right to Keep and Bear Arms
-Small and Limited Government
-Limited and Legal Immigration
-Preservation of the Middle Class
-Adherence to the Constitution
-Traditional Morals and Values
-The Right of Self-Defense
-Discerning mind, not an open mind
-Conservation, not Environmentalism
The most fundamental principles and building blocks of Western Civilization and the Republic
deserve to be revered and protected. I believe the conservative ideology to be the political
philosophy most dedicated to preserving the ideals that are essential toa strong nation, healthy
culture, and successful society.
David Huntwork is a conservative activist, blogger, and columnist and the proud father of three
daughters. The son, grandson, and great-grandson of Ministers of the Gospel he brings a unique
blended background of theology and ideology to the great debates of the day. He believes that
Faith, Family, and Freedom is the formula for success and the key to a good life and a healthy
nation. David blogs at Constitutionclub.org. You can contact him at Davehuntwork@juno.com.
Copyright © 2014 by David M. Huntwork