----The Conservative: You will do what you and all of the rest of us need to have done, or you will refrain from doing when something needs to be left alone, because what you believe in or what mere label you get identified as remains irrelevant.
For rather awhile, there was the ongoing and insistent demand that in political divisions there is only The Right Wing and The Left Wing, and that TRW Means Conservative, and that TLW Means Liberal. In turn, the reality is that for centuries, political divisions have formed three distinct groups, rather than two. And only with the French Revolution and the seating patterns that started with the 1789 National Assembly, two of these three groups were given the labels they hold today, being the left wing and the right wing.
Absolutely centered and in balance between the right and left wing extremists, permanently leading the left and right wing liberals, is the conservative.
When hearing the rather puerile claim that there can be only right wing or left wing and nothing else, there is indeed one very particular binary division. One group is those remain quite comfortable with politics being that wide spectrum from right wing liberal to conservative holding the center and then to left wing liberal---or vice versa, to taste. The other group of people is those who are somehow trapped into seeing only a binary left/right---and who then keep mumbling about the horrors of that legendary abomination called the other side. Seeing any attempts to ignore the permanent and ongoing and existent reality of the spectrum of left/conservative/right is a bit fascinating and quite puzzling.
Regarding the labels of liberal and conservative, once upon a time there was indeed the classical liberal and the awareness that the individual achievement is supreme, is not questioned, and there are no alternatives. Once upon a time there was indeed the conservative and the awareness that the collective functioning organization of individuals is supreme, is not questioned, and there are no alternatives. Both of these initially apparently conflicting statements are the same and shared statement. All organizations are made of individuals and all individuals can only achieve some limited success before needing to assist and be assisted by other organized individuals.
By sometime around the industrial revolution and the rabid scribblings of Karl Marx, et al, the liberal focus on the individual had split in two to become the right wing liberal and left wing liberal, both of them flanking and quite contrasted by the conservative. Great claims get made of both the primacy of and differences between these left and right wings, and there are indeed particular defining differences. However, in practice, both the right and left wings have been and are merely mirror images of each other, both screaming and posturing at each other and past the conservative and always in perfect unison with each other and far behind the conservative.
A recent and very telling analogy is of the political pole, as a comparison to the planetary north and south poles. From the planetary north pole, all other directions and locations are to the south, and vice versa. For each individual who claims to be the political left or right pole, the same follows politically---and as part of these claims, absolutely vehement screams are issued that there is indeed only the two items of A) such a person who claims to be the pole, on one side, and then otherwise B) absolutely everything and everyone else is therefore and only the opposing absolute extreme, ever, ever, ever. Whether insisting on being the right pole or the left, both the left and right wing liberal vehemently oppose all balanced and centered reality from their opposing and irrational extremes, where for both the left wing liberal pole and right wing liberal pole, everything else is indeed only The Other side, as if there could be only two contrasting monoliths, as if there could be only the right wing and the left wing.
The Right Wing Liberal:
For the right wing liberal, the fantasy became that some particular overall organizational faith is supreme and can not be questioned:
We don't care who you are or what you do, as long as you have the correct faith or correct opposition to some particular faith.
The problem is, of course, which faith??? By the twenty first century, that right wing liberal faith could be any of several versions of:
Handwaving Vaguely, With Tea Or Coffee And Little Sandwiches
Roman Catholic Christianity
Satan Worshipping Christianity
And quite a few others.
In all of these instances, the very definite reality is that mere faith is any version of an organizational practice that can be thought up and claimed by any one person as being certain and factual knowledge, often with notes and commentary, except that such faith, by its completely personal nature, can not be transmitted to any others under any circumstance, except as very tenuous hearsay. A regular feature of faith is endless and ongoing hairsplitting and the making of all encompassing blanket statements, with much arguing back and forth regarding what this aspect of faith involves, or that aspect, where at no point does any provable fact ever occur or ever get referenced in this.
As a completely different practice, religion is any matter or matters which gets directly experienced by any one person as being certain and factual knowledge, sometimes with notes and commentary, except that such personal religious experience, by its completely personal nature, can not be transmitted to any others under any circumstance, except as very tenuous hearsay. A regular feature of religion is the occurrence of two or more completely separate persons encountering the same genuinely religious experience and arriving at the same conclusions, with the same degree of being able to discuss these with another who has had the same encounter or realization, but again, being unable to transmit any of this knowledge to anyone else, even each other. An actual genuine religious practice, again as opposed to mere faith, remains aware that individual belief and choice remains that of an individual. Of such, there are no claims or attempts of any demand of or regarding anyone else based on such belief.
Now that we are all in this current time that is reality, as we see the demand of the right wing liberal that the faith based organization and its actions must always take precedence over the individual, such a right wing liberal demand confirms and reminds that the right wing liberal does not reason, does not calculate, does not conserve, and thus the right wing is not and will never be known as conservative.
The right wing liberal fantasy demands that there be, basically, no government at any time; that all organizations can have no restrictions, so therefore the organization that is the government must be slashed to a mere token fragment, to guarantee that it operates under all restrictions and thus every other organization must therefore become the government, so that the organization will then control and mandate all aspects of all individuals absolutely, except when the government is supposed to dictatorially control and direct all individuals.
The right wing liberal fantasy doesn't really make any sense, but the lack of sense doesn't matter as long as the ideology is pure.
The Left Wing Liberal:
For the left wing liberal, the fantasy became that some particular individual identity is supreme and can not be questioned:
We don't care what you believe in or what you do as long as you have the correct identity or correct opposition to some particular identity.
The problem is, of course, which identity??? By the twenty first century that left wing liberal identity could be any of several variations of:
perceived as working class
descended from parents and grandparents born in the current country
And quite a few others.
The left wing liberal fantasy demands that there must be, basically, total and massive government at all times; that all members of the correct identity can have no restrictions, so therefore the assemblage that is the government must be totally expanded and granted all powers, so that the government will then control and mandate all aspects of all individuals absolutely, except when the particular identity is supposed to dictatorially control and direct all government.
The left wing liberal fantasy doesn't really make any sense, but the lack of sense doesn't matter as long as the ideology is pure.
The idealist liberals are those who remain forever right or left wing, who will never accept anything the least bit conservative or opposing liberal, who remain the useless and ineffective extreme.
The practicing liberals are those who switch back and forth between right and left wing, depending on circumstance, who also remain the useless and ineffective extreme. For the practicing left wing liberal, the will of the identity is paramount, as long as that left wing liberal individual gets what that left wing liberal individual wants. For the practicing right wing liberal, the will of the right wing liberal faith is paramount, as long as that right wing liberal individual gets what that right wing liberal individual wants.
When the left wing liberal gets an organizational faith based position that allows that individual liberal to achieve whatever that liberal wants regardless of the cost to any others, then at that point that practicing liberal becomes right wing, where the will of the right wing liberal faith is paramount, as long as that right wing liberal individual gets what that right wing liberal individual wants. When the right wing liberal's organizational faith based point of view ends up not being able to get that right wing liberal whatever that right wing liberal wants, then at that point that practicing liberal becomes left wing, where the will of the left wing liberal identity is paramount, as long as that left wing liberal individual gets what that left wing liberal individual wants.
For the conservative, in between these two extremes, the focus is very simple, utterly elegant, and universally comprehensive.
You will do what you and all of the rest of us need to have done, or you will refrain from doing when something needs to be left alone, because what you believe in or what mere label you get identified as remains irrelevant.
There are a trio of analogies that underline the conservative leadership over the mere left and right wing liberal followers, that of The Lattice, The Stage, and The Powerful and The Weak and the Deluded.
In the case of The Lattice, the left wing liberal fantasy is that all individuals are individual and independent vines, every vine is required to be utterly equal to every other vine at all times, and there is nothing but vines, everywhere . . . and all these vines thus wind up stuck on the ground, with everyone in everyone else's way, with all being trapped in a quite flat and limited sprawl, achieving little, if anything at all, ultimately finding blatant failure.
In turn, the right wing liberal fantasy is of everyone together forming the totally massive, monolithic and uniform structure that encompasses and consists of everything . . . . and there is no space, total rigidity, no room for growth, no place to go, achieving little, if anything at all, ultimately finding blatant failure.
Contrasting with the right and left wing liberal extremes, the conservative sees and seeks out an ever rising and always open lattice, rock solid, ever extending, providing the support for all the vines to rise up in whatever ways and means that all and every vine can thus reach, with the lattice being totally rigid and totally open, so that all have the opportunity to achieve anything and everything, ultimately finding total success in all areas of absolute growth.
With The Stage, that is where all the work gets done, with The Stage being flanked by the left and right wing box seating. For both sets of box seat liberals, there is that incessant demand of My agenda is superior because I say it is superior and I don't have to explain and I have to have it all now!!!!!!!!. In such, the left and right wing liberal has no concept of consequence or how to get anything done except scream and point at the other box seating and hope to ignore the entire expanse of The Stage.
Those stuck in the box seats keep getting very frustrated when doing the political binary math.---Each box sitter notes being in this box seating with a value of zero, and everyone else is in that other box seating with a value of one. All conservatives are outside of this box seating and therefore---and at that point the binary only mechanism seizes, because of course the conservatives are on The Stage instead of being in the other box seating, the Conservatives are being watched from both the left and right wing box seating instead of being part of either.
Quite by contrast to that box seating, the conservative goes to and gets all the work done on The Stage, where everything gets looked at, from the left box seats to the stage to the right box seats, everything gets assessed, solutions to issues are proposed and discussed in detail, all that conservative practice that separates the conservative action or inaction from the liberal ideology and thus notes the conservative as being the conservative and providing the leadership.
Using the United Kingdom in the early twenty-first century as an easy example, to attempt to ignore the reality of The Stage flanked by box seats is even more impossible, because in the UK the conservatives are even The Conservatives. In the UK political spectrum, with the Conservatives being the conservatives and vice versa, on one side is the right wing box seating that is called UKIP, and that lot, and then over on the other side is the left wing box seating that is called Labour, and that lot.
The Powerful and The Weak and The Deluded
With The Powerful and The Weak and the Deluded, the conservative is the Powerful, the right wing liberal is The Weak, and the left wing liberal is The Deluded. For the Weak, the fantasy is to disappear into The Faith, never stand out, always blend in, always be totally aligned with The Faith---regardless of which of the infinite different faiths--- regardless of what fails to get done or who gets hurt. With The Deluded, the fantasy is that The Identity Is Everything, where everything else always revolves around and focuses upon The Identity and always will---regardless of which of the infinite different identities---regardless of what fails to get done or who gets hurt.
In turn, very, very, simply, The Powerful don't care---Such is certainly a gross oversimplification in general, but equally certainly, when the powerful are compared to the weak and their frantic clustering on some bandwagon, and the deluded and their frantic self promotion based on lies and failure, the summary is apt: The Powerful don't care about faith or identity, the Powerful remain focused on what to do, or to refrain from doing, as noted by the circumstances of the moment, and always for the best benefit and support of absolutely everyone.
Business And Taxes
The actual practice can sometimes be complicated, but the basic theory is simple. To be conservative, pay your bills and mind your own business. To be liberal---equally right wing liberal or left wing liberal---don't pay your bills and mind everyone else's business.
When it comes to minding one's own business, the conservative regulates to support something:
The conservative is in favor of quality roads, sturdy bridges, health and safety standards. Conservative government exists to act and decide on a larger scale than can be managed by the individual, acts solely on behalf of the people and not for benefit of government except as to best support and protect the people, acts to best preserve and support the rights, choices, and actions of each individual person. Conservative government does not in the least exist to attempt to prevent those individual actions done by individuals alone. By its own nature, government can only act in general terms, as only an individual can work with another individual.
The left or right wing liberal regulates to try and ban something:
In the history of the Unites States alone, there has been the right wing liberal roaring twenties success called Prohibition. There has been the left wing liberal attempts to ban private ownership of firearms. There has been that right wing liberal narcoeconomy success called The War On Drugs. There has been that right wing liberal dismissal of at least a division---over 13,000 people---of trained, career, volunteer military through Don't Ask Don't Tell.
When it comes to paying the bills, the right wing liberal demands that there be no taxes, and that everyone else pay the taxes. The left wing liberal demands that there be absolutely massive taxes, and that everyone else pay the taxes. The liberal fantasy doesn't really make any sense, but the lack of sense doesn't matter as long as the ideology is pure.
The Conservative remains aware that taxes exist to support a government. Therefore, for the conservative, the issue with taxes is not how much or how little. The reality, of course, is that the correct level of taxation is enough taxation, and no more, or less. Conservative taxation, therefore, prepares a set budget for a particular year and raises enough taxes to pay for it. When one year's expenses wind up generating a deficit, they get added to the next year's budget and higher taxes until the deficit is paid off. When one year's expenses wind up generating an overly large surplus, the overage gets added to the next year's budget and lower taxes until the surplus is back to a reasonable level.
Back in that time that no longer exists, when conservative did once mean right wing, in that particular sense where the best ways did work for the most people. Changing a demonstrated successful practice only to make changes did indeed lead to failure and does indeed lead to failure. What has changed is that there are organizations that do not best support the individual, and there are individuals who do not best support organizations, and both of these extremes demand the most harm to everything else.
There is no Third Way of politics, there is only The Way. The conservative supports and includes everyone, from the center of the political road all the way past both the right and left wing liberal edges of the road, so as to know, to understand, to best help and support every individual. Only the liberal demands that any who cartwheel and crash off the opposing edge of the road must be left to die.
Politically moderate is a right and left wing liberal fantasy, is the liberals' crude rationalization for the ongoing and perpetual liberal failure to keep and control all the toys. The "accusation" by liberals that the conservative is "pragmatic" is merely the rallying cry of the ideologically pure, the tactically inept, the inevitable failure. The liberal is pure, the conservative succeeds. The liberal writes footnotes for a fantasy of the past, the conservative leads into the future.
At all times the conservative welcomes attention and discussion, for only that way does refinement and evolution and progress occur. At all times the liberal extreme points past the conservative to the other and opposing extreme, for in that way does the liberal attempt to deflect the self examination and improvement that will inevitably move the liberal away from the right or left wing and expand the liberal edge and excess to the all encompassing conservative center.
Contrasting always and absolutely against the left and the right, constantly dragging the right and left into the light of reason, the Conservative continues the ongoing focus upon the entire gathering of all of us discrete and different individuals and how are we doing, all together, and what will be done by We The People, of We The People, for the good of We The People.
I support and refine that which works, and I waste no time in ideology. The only constant is change. I watch all parts and occurrences all the time so that I may continually project into the future and look into the past, learn for myself before events develop, learn what may go wrong, learn what must be prepared for.
When the facts change, I change my mind . . . .
The conservative notes that every single country is founded by individuals, and every single country is made of and governed by individuals, and every single country and it's government exists and continues to exist solely of and for the individual and the people.
The conservative notes that at all times and in all places that the correct amount of government is just enough government, that the correct amount of government is the amount that is needed for that time and place, and that the time and place best supports the greatest number of discrete, different individuals.
Government exists to act and decide on a larger scale than can be managed by the individual, acts solely on behalf of its people and to best preserve and support the rights, choices, and actions of each individual person. Government does not in the least exist to attempt to prevent those individual actions done by individuals alone. By its own nature, government can only act in general terms, as only an individual can work with another individual.
Taxes paid to support government are charged only to pay for that which assists, helps, and otherwise stays out of the way of any and all individuals. Taxes are paid equally and in equal amount by all, because all support and are supported by the government equally. When the government budget increases, taxes increase. When the government budget decreases, taxes decrease. There is no exception.
The conservative notes that the best taxation is that which is equal for everyone. When there are different rates of taxation, those with greater amounts of money, and thus greater taxes, always arrange special deals and special circumstances so that they wind up paying as little or even less than those who have less money.
As greater and greater amounts of knowledge, skill, and understanding are to the greatest benefit of individuals and government, a purpose of the government is to ensure that all individuals have the greatest access to and may make ongoing use of the greatest quality of ongoing education.
As greater and greater ease and quality is to the benefit of individuals and government, a purpose of government, being for the benefit and support of individuals, is to support and sustain equally each and all together the continuous good personal health of individuals and the people, their sustenance, their housing, their environment and its good condition, the continuous good condition and maintenance of roads and other means of travel, quality employment and the encouragement thereof, quality commerce and the encouragement thereof, quality law and the administration of the courts, the general defense of and among the entirety of the people at all times.
The responsibility of police and other security is to preserve and protect the general public order and not necessarily any random individual. The personal and ongoing safety of an individual is primarily the concern of that individual, is answered for by that individual, and is not infringed upon. Any arm or weapon is an inanimate and neutral tool just like any other tool, requires knowledge and skill for correct use, and there are no limitations of the safe possession and operation of any arm or weapon by any adult individual. When an individual commits murder, that individual will be executed. When an individual kills in self defense or the defense of another, that was the execution, delivered at that moment. Such an individual may may be compelled to later show cause, where once such is shown, the executioner will not be further infringed.
Prohibitionism is fraud; Any action and choice that can and will be done by an individual as an individual can be regulated by a government, but will never be banned regardless of any declaration or statute.
Among the documented and noted prohibitionist liberal failures of various otherwise competent governments are the attempts to ban. Individual thought and expression. The creation, sale, and use of particular books, texts, and all other forms of expression. The creation, sale, and use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The personal ownership, ongoing immediate possession, and use of firearms and other weapons. The marriage of any two or more consenting human adults. Abortion. The various forms of physical manipulation and mutilation. Assorted social practices.
In all of these cases of attempting to prevent any one individual from performing an action that any individual may perform by or upon said individual, the reasoning given may vary but the effort required by any government is not worth the waste of government and individual effort and therefore no such attempt is made by any government at any time.
If an individual makes the decision to practice any form of self destruction, no other individual can infringe or be infringed in any way. When any individual wishes to create some disruption, that individual answers for that disruption. In turn, if any individual wishes to prepare for the possible disruption caused by any individual, that preparation is not infringed.
There is no demand that is made of an individual based on a religious choice as all religious choice is solely the decision of an individual alone and no other individual.
Of regulation and the wills of several individuals, the individual is limited only in that individual's direct and physical effect upon another individual or individuals; The right of one person to wildly swing a limb ends at the presence of another, be that other an adult or a child. The right of one person to bathe in perfume, any sort of smoke, produce noise, practice self impairment, or anything else that will intrude upon or limit another's environment ends at the point of the encounter by that other individual.
When two or more individuals join together in mutual interest, the requirements of that mutual interest permit the exclusion of another individual who does not share that mutual interest, and the requirements of an individual who does not share that mutual interest permit the exclusion of that mutual interest by that individual.
When two or more mutual interests come together, they will work together to best further the interests and benefit of the associated individuals for the greatest amount of time, or all such involved mutual interests will fail and be destroyed.
So as to provide and protect the general future and all future development and growth, the defenseless are defended and the limitless are not limited; Assault a child and die and the executioner may be compelled to later show cause, where once such is shown, the executioner will not be further infringed. As any parent will remind, parenting is to raise a child, assaulting is to brutalize the child; parenting is a job description, not a privilege, and anyone incapable of practicing or unwilling to practice such gets no influence over or access to any child.
In all of this here described, at all times, the Conservative acknowledges that many aspects of being are subtle, detailed, and require careful, reflective, conservative balance of individual and general decision. There is no one decision, and there never will be. Only the left wing or right wing liberal claims that there is only one choice to ever be made, and that is how the liberal fails.
The practice of and inevitable success of conservative government will continue to supersede and exceed any and all attempts or proclamations by right wing liberals or left, because such success is predicated upon the inevitable success of the practice of the conservative individual and individuals.
The principle of Conservative democracy is that all government exists solely for the good of the governed; that the branches of government, and all other public institutions are to be maintained so far, and so far only, as they promote the happiness and welfare of the common people; that all who are entrusted with any public function are trustees, not for their own class, but for the nation at large; and that the mass of the people may be trusted so to use electoral power, which should be freely conceded to them, as to support those who are promoting their interests. It is democratic because the welfare of the people is its supreme end; it is Conservative because the institutions of the country are the means by which the end is to be attained.
Conservative government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute conservative government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.