Reader response: Conservatism protects the individual

Lexington, KY – In a recent article by Dr. Dugi entitled “Defining Conservatism and Liberalism in 2012,” he attempted to define Conservatism in Part 1 of a two-part series.

He cites Romney as a fiscal conservative, Santorum a social conservative, Gingrich claiming to be both and Paul as fiscal conservative and social libertarian.

Dr. Dugi defines fiscal conservatives as wanting no taxes on the “haves,” the social conservatives being against abortion and gay marriage and libertarians wanting less government along the lines of classical liberalism (which, by the way, is the exact opposite of what we call liberalism today). He further states that basing individual freedom as promoting benefit to all is a false assumption because, I quote, “clearly pursuing one’s individual freedom can subvert promoting values beneficial to all (witness the economic problems of the late 2000s)”.

Another worrisome phrase in Dr. Dugi’s article, which is his major theme, is at the end of the article:

“And since the business of government is welfare, one always need ask: Whose?”

As a prelude to the basis of my beliefs, I don’t care for any of the Republican presidential candidates and haven’t been a fan of the Republican Party for several years. I may be registered Republican, but I am most definitely Conservative. It is virtually impossible to explain Conservatism in a single article, but here is the short version.

The basis for American society is built on two premises:

• All persons have the right to life, liberty and property granted to them by the Creator.

• “We The People” was written very large at the beginning of the Constitution for a reason.

For the first time in the history of the world, it was stated by a government that the power resides in the people, not the king, pharaoh or ruling class. The individual is affirmed in the founding documents as the single, most important building block of society.

The individual’s rights are to be protected by our government. One’s life. One’s liberty. One’s property.

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