Friday, December 10, 2010

Conviction: What conservatives lack ~ By Robert Ringer

Just after the election on November 2, 2010, I wrote the following tweet:
Republicans, do not ever, ever COMPROMISE!! Read this for further information:
It was my worst fear that once the election was over, and especially once the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives was seated in January, that Conservative Republicans would start compromising in order to get their bills passed. Compromise is the negation of conviction! One of the definitions of compromise that I read is, "a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands." Now, when you read what Robert Ringer says about the difference between "preference" and "conviction," and you will understand why I so vociferously told the Conservative Republicans NEVER EVER compromise!

Conviction: What conservatives lack

By Robert Ringer

December 10, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

Thomas Paine could just as well have been referring to the year 2010 when he said, "These are the times that try men's souls." Valley Forge was an epoch event in our history, an event that played a major role in giving birth to the greatest nation the world has ever known. But today men's souls are being tested at a time when that same nation is collapsing before our very eyes.

Which brings us back to preference versus conviction. When the American Revolutionaries made a choice to declare themselves free of King George III, they pledged to each other "their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor." Their desire to be free of the king's tyranny was not a preference; it was a conviction. They made the choice to risk death by standing by their belief that they had a natural right to be free.

Today, politicians are not faced with death if they do not go along with popular opinion. Instead, they are faced with the possibility of being voted out of office. I say, bless those progressive politicians who are still willing, even after the recent bloodbath elections, to vote for what they sincerely believe in – more government control over people's lives and more redistribution of wealth. But a pox on those conservatives who claim to believe that these things are immoral, yet vote for legislation such as extending unemployment benefits on the grounds that it's "the compassionate thing to do."

An even worse excuse that we often hear politicians use is that "anyone who is familiar with the way Washington works knows that you never get everything you want – that compromise is the only way you can ever get anything done." Translation: They are devoid of convictions.


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