Skip to comments.The Most Important Issues For Conservatives, And Why None Of Them May Matter In The End
Posted on 12/02/2019 4:17:25 PM PST by Kaslin
If you ask ten different conservatives to rank the most important issues to them, youll likely get at least ten different responses. The issues named at least once by your small sampling would probably include some variation of abortion, tax policy, deregulation, gun rights, judicial activism and immigration, among others. Each issue is important in its own right, of course, and each will have its defenders happy to explain why their top ranked choice is the most critical issue to the future of our country. And if you listen to the case for any one absent the others, none would be without a point.
Abortion opponents run the gamut from restrictionists to outright abolitionists, and they are arguably the most passionate ideologues on the right side of the political spectrum. In fact, on our side, at least in terms of spunk and passion, I would put an abortion abolitionist up against any rainbow-flag wielding leftist demonstrator, any day of the week. Theyre not violent like Antifa, but whether its the halls of some State House or in front of literally every abortion clinic in America, theyre not afraid to get out there and loudly and proudly protest what they see as Americas greatest sin. And, unlike Antifa, theyre also not afraid to show their faces. They want to End Abortion Now, as in right now, and the logic they use - the fact that our country legally murders millions of its own babies every year and a righteous God probably has a problem with that - is tough to argue with. Theres certainly a solid argument for putting abortion at the top of the list.
Tax policy and deregulation are pretty similar issues, insofar as both are inexorably linked to whether we have a strong, churning economy or whether leftists like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren manage to turn us into some sort of Venezuela-like hellscape. Its not that the rich shouldnt pay taxes, or that corporations shouldnt be stopped from remaking America into a polluted, smog-infested, apocalyptic wasteland. However, when the left takes the pendulum too far - as they do on every issue - too much taxation and too much regulation tend to stifle economic growth to levels that could cause suffering on a mass scale. In other words, the point for economic policy being at the top of the list is a mighty strong one indeed.
Gun rights are also a major issue to conservatives, and its not just because of the fact that so many proposed laws would make de facto criminals out of so many of us. More reasonable sounding leftists say theyd never interfere with the longstanding tradition of hunting in America, but people own weapons for a variety of reasons, and the right to hunt is actually the least of most of our concerns. Given their skepticism of tyrannical governments (you know, because theyd just won a war against a tyrannical government) its obvious that the founders intended the Second Amendment to go much further than simply allowing American families to collect the occasional wild game to live on, which would have been a given anyway considering that most American families relied on it for at least a portion of their sustenance. No, they meant it as a way to ensure citizens the right to self-defense both against individual wrongdoers and as a safeguard against governmental tyranny. Take it all away, and its only a matter of time before the jackboots come calling. So yeah, its pretty important and it would be hard to blame anyone for putting gun rights at the top of the list.
Judicial activism is the one issue that unites anyone who was anywhere right-of-center before President Trump stormed onto the political landscape. Its absolutely bonkers, and it needs to end. Whether youre a MAGA-hat-wearing Deplorable or a Never-Trump squish, you probably love the fact that, despite what you may or may not like about the president, hes at least making the American judiciary great again - into the founders original vision of interpreting, rather than making, Constitutional law. And when there are liberal tears involved, as when Kavanaugh was confirmed, so much the better. Indeed, theres definitely an argument for putting the abolition of judicial activism at the top of the list.
Finally, theres immigration, and Im going to go ahead and brush aside all the arguments above - at least insofar as they serve to place those issues at the number one slot - and slide this issue right up there at the top, heads and shoulders above the rest. Abortion, tax policy, deregulation, gun rights, judicial activism
all are critical to maintaining the United States as the type of place where the most people can have the highest quality of life. But if we allow Democrats to succeed in filling our country with people predisposed to vote for big government, over time and election cycles it simply wont be possible to win on any other issue. In other words - if we lose the immigration battle, we lose the war, for good.
Destroying the Media is Job One, and President Trump is on it!
Could we cut the size of the bureaucracy at least in half, please? And maybe stop this continuing resolution nonsense?
All of the issues that are important pale in comparison to the illegal alien invasion. EVERYTHING else is a distraction.
Everything else flows from there.
When Goobermint respects, honors and is devoted to absolute sanctity of your possesions, your personhood, your mind, your faith, your body, your family, your partners, your life, your environment, your home.
Nothing else matters more.
In other words - if we lose the immigration battle, we lose the war, for good.
That is a fact.
I have been trying to get Maerican citizens to understand that since Flimsey Grahamnesty and John McCain tried to get amnesty and a permanent Democrat majority in 2006.
Bush League Republicans have tried TWICE since then.
We will NEVER Make America Great Again by re-electing those who are committed to turning it into North Mexico.
If the country is overrun with foreigners that decide that gringo have no property rights it won’t matter.
California already is Mexifornia. The rest will drop like flies if the illegal invasion is not stopped.
Maerican citizens = American citizens
Virginia just became a communist state because of unlimited immigration.
Well, how about saving the Republic from all the usual suspects: ‘progressives’, abortionists, climate facsists, homosexual mafiosi, Marxist useful idiots, et al.
Dyslexic fingers, never happened to a perfect German, though, has it?
You are the loser who voted for TWO Amnesty Senators.
Unfortunately, we lost the immigration battle a long time ago and there's nothing anyone can do to reverse the mathematical certainty of the demographic alteration of this country.
Can’t argue his position. It’s a valid concern and is my number one issue, followed closely by schools which are an extremely destructive element to our society, and the future of this nation. In fact I think both need to be combated against simultaneously. That’s how close those two destructive factors are to this nation. Abortion is a national sin, and it too has a very corrosive affect on this nation.
The Trump administration is scattering the bureaucrats (causing some in DCto quit so thats a plus)
Example Sonny Perdue is moving USDA research doc to Kansas City.
These things take time
Immigration. That is the first most important issue. Protection of all the others depend in the near term on immigration restrictions- I would say a total moratorium on immigration for ten years and using those ten years to clear out all the illegals one way or another including their children born here.
If you ask ten different conservatives to rank the most important issues to them, youll likely get at least ten different responses.
My number one is, no more Demagogic Party.
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