The conservative movement is built upon conservative principles. The election of Ronald Reagan as President of the United States began the conservative movement. He was elected following the one term of Jimmy Carter. Taxes were high, the cost of energy was high, and the cost of living was high.
When people complained that the cost of heating their homes was too high, Carter simply told people to wear sweaters in their homes. The misery index was high and was discussed in the news almost daily. What is the misery index? It is equal to the sum of the rate of inflation and the rate of unemployment. It is a measure of the economic health of America during the administration of a president. The misery index under Carter was the worst since the Great Depression, and Americans were miserable.
In comes Reagan like a knight in shining armor riding his great steed. He cut taxes and set the economy to growing again. He stood up to Russia and faced Gorbachev down. He was instrumental in the crash of the iron curtain after he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
The United States had lived under liberals for decades, and the liberals held on to their power as best they could. However, Reagan showed Americans what conservative is and how it works. Rush Limbaugh became famous about the time that Reagan was in office and continued building the conservative movement. He kept it alive during some dark days in America.
After Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009 and started to rule the nation by executive fiats, Americans became concerned. Things were happening in the nation that had never happened previously, and the nation looked like it would be “fundamentally transformed.” Concerned conservatives gathered and created the Tea Party. The Tea Party was instrumental in electing enough Republicans to take over the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, the U.S. Senate in 2016, and the White House in 2016.
The conservative movement grew under the leadership of Donald Trump. They recognized that Trump was bold as a lion, and that he was willing to stand between the American people and the movement to fundamentally transform America. He was rude and crude at times, but he was fearless in his love and defense of America and the American people. He was fiercely hated because he rode into office on his dazzling white steed and pledged to “drain the swamp” of all the creatures who were sucking strength from America. He was not successful in draining the swamp, but he was successful in exposing it and its creatures.
America was thriving under the direction of Trump. So many taxes and regulations were cut that the economy went soaring to its highest point ever. He fought to build a barrier across the southern border, and he worked with under countries to stop the caravans of migrants converging at the southern border. His border policies basically stopped parents from sending their children on the journey to American with coyotes and human traffickers. The caravans stopped coming when the people realized that they would be held in Mexico while their case for asylum was investigated.
The United States was thriving until China released COVID-19 on the world, and Democrats used the crisis to take over the federal government. Trump haters were glad to see Trump go, but most Americans are beginning to see the difference between Trump with his conservative values and Biden with his liberal/socialist ones. Wise Americans realize that conservative principles always work to make life better and more successful, while liberal/socialist ones are destructive and never work. We can see by Venezuela the destruction that comes from liberal and socialistic principles. So, what are conservative principles?
Conservative principles are stated in the Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Conservatives are pro-life from conception to natural death – with few exceptions. Conservatives stand for freedoms and liberty and oppose slavery and bondage of all kinds. Conservatives believe in living on less than one makes instead of borrowing money and going into debt. Conservatives believe that debt is bad, and saving for a rainy day is good. Conservatives believe in election integrity with secure, honest, and fair elections. Conservatives support marriage between a man and a woman and believe that the family is the core unit of society. Conservatives believe in education and preparation for the future. Conservatives believe that work is essential to provide for self and family as well as for self-reliance and self-esteem.
Conservatives believe in peace through strength and support a strong military. Conservatives below in low taxes and small government. Conservatives believe in safety nets for the most vulnerable among us, but we also believe that every American should do any much as they can to take care of themselves. Conservatives believe in God and support religion. Conservatives support the Constitution as the Supreme Law of the United States and believe in law and order.
Conservative principles work because they are true principles. They are principles that are true and that work under many different circumstances. They work for the family, for the community, and for the nation. They bring freedom, prosperity, and happiness to the nation that practices them.