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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 arguments.

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.

Conservative Principles
-Honoring our Judeo-Christian Heritage
-Personal Responsibility
-Traditional Marriage
-Two-Parent Family
-Sanctity of Life
-Free Enterprise
-Corporate Responsibility
-Rejection of the Nanny State
-Honesty
-Good Citizenship
-Respect for Tradition
-Patriotism
-Victory in any War
-Right to Keep and Bear Arms
-Fiscal Responsibility
-Small and Limited Government
-Limited and Legal Immigration
-American Exceptionalism
-Preservation of the Middle Class
-Adherence to the Constitution
-Ordered Liberty
-Justice
-National Sovereignty
-Self Reliance
-Individual Rights
-Traditional Morals and Values
-The Right of Self-Defense
-Common Sense
-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

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