This post is from the old She’s Right. It was published on 9/16/06. I cut off part of the intro because it was about my old blog template, but otherwise it is intact. I plan to expand on this in the coming weeks.
I want to explain what I mean when I say that I am a conservative. There are many different kinds of conservatives. Two of the most talked about and immediately recognizable in today’s political climate in the US are the neoconservatives (neocons) and the social conservatives.
Neocons are the conservatives that drive the Bush Administration foreign policy.
Social Conservatives are the ones who focus on the conservative social issues, such as abortion and gay marriage. They are sometimes referred to as the “Religious Right.”
While I am a social conservative, in the sense that I have traditional values and I find it appalling that a civilized society such as ours deems killing an unborn child an acceptable method of dealing with unintended pregnancy, I am not a social conservative that believes in using the government to impose a conservative value system upon free people.
I am what is called a “small government conservative”: a term all but obsolete in our modern day federal government.
According to the Vermont Libertarian Party Chair, Hardy Machia, small government conservatives are a sub-set of Libertarians.
I used to think that small government conservatives (SGCs, as I will henceforth refer to us as) were a part of the GOP. That was true at one time, or so I am told, but that is no longer the case, which is the explanation behind my post-election rants.
Ideally, I believe that government is best which governs least.
Wait, where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah, Thomas Paine of American Revolutionary fame said that. It’s almost as if that was one of the principles this country was founded on.
As an SGC, I firmly believe that the federal government is too powerful. Many of the regulatory functions of the current federal government were reserved to the states by the Constitution and are therefore un-Constitutional.
An example of this would include the United States Department of Education (which rightly should be abolished), and the Republican-supported No Child Left Behind Act, which significantly expanded the DOE’s control over local education decisions. As an SGC, I do not support this kind of federal government control.
I know, I am a crazy, radical extremist because I want to abolish the US DOE.
So, there you have it; a brief introduction to the radical mind behind She’s Right. I have been wanting to do a post about my basic ideology for, well, as long as I have been doing this blog. Now I have.
More to come.
I have to note that US DOE is actually the US Department of Energy. Obviously from context you can see that I meant US Dept. of Education.