thought on Conservatism. whew


GG HERE.    25 march ‘11

 

Popzee, that would be the-man-that-is-as-closest-to-any-father-I-have-ever-had, answered my call of ‘What topics would ya’ll might like me to chat about?.”

He said talk about Conservatism.   whew…   that Popzze wants to crowd my liberal disposition.  Do I dare?  Of course.  I don’t think this is profound thought going on here, simply my opinion.  We all have one.  I’d probably rather talk about dirt than this.  And.. I felt the challenge and took it on for my Popzee.

The first thing that comes up for me is that I’m not so conservative in many areas of my life. And… I am not as ‘out there’ as your imagination might take you to imagine.

I look forward to responses… let’s see what happens.

Here is one definition from Webster’s dictionary.

Conservatism

a : the principles and policies of a Conservative party

b : the Conservative party

2 a : disposition in politics to preserve what is established

b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as retirement income or health-care coverage)

3: the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change

 

I intend to reflect on 2b for my discussion here.   I have no quibble with this definition.  I just don’t agree with it all.  Isn’t it nice we can all state our differing opinions?

Let me begin with “the political philosophy based on tradition and social stability.”

Whose traditions anyway? In a country that is a global melting pot and the diversity of traditions is huge, who decides which tradition is the right one?

“Social stability.”  I’m all for stability.

It would be nice in a perfect world if everyone were able to have enough money for simple sustainability.  i.e. Food, housing, health care, retirement.  This is not case.  I think of the planet as one giant global community and tho’ I do think the US sticks it’s nose in everyone else’s business without asking me, I’m of the mind to help my community.  Which likely means we all have will have to gather our pennies and share.

‘Limited Government regulation of business and investing’

Once again, if people played fair and considered their impact on their neighbors and the larger community we might not need regulation at all.  There is lots of greed and miss placed power out there that could give a rats ass on fairness and balance we have chosen to have government.  Lots of ‘chefs’ have to add their ingredients and express their power.  Little wonder it’s all a big mess and most of us can Not understand the ‘language’ it all gets written in any way.  I have no solution to it.  I invite you to be mindful and kind at all times.

Lets see…oh … ‘A strong national defense’.  I’m not a war person.  I know war has been going on since probably the beginning of time and it will continue.  My heart hurts for it.   People want to possess land, have freedom to do as they so believe they should, and state the rightness of their philosophies at the expense of all other freedoms and philosophies.   Agreeing to disagree seems to not fit in the equation of things when ‘boys’ want to bully and take over.  And lets not forget there are crazy mo-fos out there.  It takes one crazy to put a country into terror.

I don’t get it.  Never will.  So.. ‘a strong national defense?’  What are we defending that can’t be shared?  I’m probably not a good person to talk about this.

“…individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as retirement income or health-care coverage)  I think I spoke a bit to that under ‘social stability’.

Really… when it all comes down to it, I’m of the mind and heart that being nice, kind, sharing is a good place to start.  Which isn’t to say, let the world and its dysfunctional people bulldoze you.  No.. speak your truth, find peace within yourself, give that peace to the world you live in.

As Ghandi said.. “BE the Peace you Wish To See.”

Namaste’

 

 

 

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  1. Good challenge…You are more brave than I when it comes to addressing these types of issues…But I agree 100% with your statement about starting with being nice…I have ALWAYS said that if one wishes to clean up the world, they should begin with cleaning their own kitchen or backyard! (If one wants peace, start by having peaceful thoughts, pertaining to one’s OWN life)

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