Imagine this: You're cozily tucked in your home 🏠, with your little one snuggled up beside you, listening as you explain the big ideas of 'right' and 'wrong' 📚. You feel the weight of being a parent, knowing that you have to instill in your child the values that form the backbone of conservatism, so they grow into individuals of integrity and strong moral values 💪.
These lessons form the ethical guideposts that we, as conservatives, treasure and constantly strive to uphold. We must always remember that the duty of safeguarding these principles falls to us, as conscientious conservative citizens, and is not something we can pass off to the government 🏛️.
This brings us to the heart of conservatism – our core values. These beliefs boil down to seven key pillars: Individual Freedom 🕊️, Limited Government 🏛️, The Rule of Law ⚖️, Peace through Strength 🌍, Fiscal Responsibility 💰, Free Markets 📈, and Human Dignity 🤝.
Unfortunately, it seems that over time, we've lost our path 😞. We've strayed from these principles, falling into a trap where we see laws as the cure-all for society's issues. We've come to believe that simply making new laws can fix the problems caused by old ones. This mindset has led us astray from our true conservative principles and has resulted in a framework that directly opposes what conservatism stands for.
Consider this recent example: Our Republican supermajority general assembly – the body we trusted to uphold our conservative values – has passed several laws that contradict these principles. For instance, there’s S39, which extends the government's reach with a new program costing over $2.1 million 💸. Then there’s S399, which splits DHEC into two separate state agencies, potentially costing taxpayers anywhere between an astounding $700 million to a shocking $1.5 billion 💸. And let’s not forget H3604, which offered an incredible $1.3 billion incentive just to bring Volkswagen subsidiary Scout Motors into Richland County, potentially leading to more taxes, contradicting our principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government.
This makes us wonder: Is this how a truly conservative government should act?
If we believe that morality can be legislated, those responsible for creating these laws must have a solid moral foundation themselves. The laws they create should be in line with our fundamental conservative principles.
This is not a call to opposition, but rather a wake-up call ⏰. It's a reminder to reconnect with our foundational beliefs: Individual Freedom 🕊️, Limited Government 🏛️, The Rule of Law ⚖️, Peace through Strength 🌍, Fiscal Responsibility 💰, Free Markets 📈, and Human Dignity 🤝.
In times of political uncertainty and social change, it's essential for us conservatives to maintain societal moral order. The strength of conservatism is not only in legislative actions but also in the spirit of its people.
We need to make sure that our cherished values influence not only the political landscape but also our everyday lives. We must ensure our principles are mirrored in our everyday actions, for only then can we be confident that our cherished values will continue to shape the moral landscape of our society.