Friday, January 13, 2006

A Common Sense Approach

I am often asked--mostly by liberals--why I am a conservative. And this is asked with condemnation and disbelief that I, as a conservative, am such an insensitive, uncaring person. And I don't want to answer this with a religious argument or with the "because my parents were" although both of these do have a bearing on my conservatism but, as I see it, are not instrumental to my conservative beliefs.

The following quote is attributed to Winston Churchill and well, many others, so I do not know who said it first: "A man who is not a socialist in his 20s has no heart; yet, a man not a conservative in his 30s has no brain."

That quote completely defines my political philosophy. While I am a 20-something guy, I am proud of the fact that I have no heart because I know that being a conservative is correct. Let me start by giving you a brief history of my political beliefs and I want to demonstrate my political views without coloring them with religion. Yes, that has partly something to do with it, but I believe that being a conservative means sticking to three basic principles: reason, logic, and truth.

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