Friday, September 30, 2011


The Gunny was talking with a black liberal the other day who was so full of lies concerning Conservatism, that the Gunny wants to set the record STRAIGHT of WHO WE ARE! (B.A., this one is for you.)

What is Conservatism?

Conservatism, in the Latin (conservare), means, "to preserve." It is not an ideology but a philosophy, an attitude, a set of beliefs that there are no guarantees in life. We’re born with the freedom to achieve or not to achieve as we will. There is no guarantee that with our hard work that we will prosper but there is a guarantee that if we DO strive, work hard, and never quit, that we WILL NOT lose in the end. We are thus born with the freedom to live, work, earn, learn, and win, OR NOT, as we so choose. There are winners and there are losers and all we ask as Conservatives is a level playing field and thus, we demand that the Government, of the people, by the people, and for the people, protects and enshrines the rights granted to us by the Creator. Our Founders KNEW THIS and they drafted the Constitution that holds that the government has no other purpose than to protect out God-given Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness. The government then, has no right to intrude into my life through redistribution schemes, ponzi scams like Social Security, excessive regulations, gun control, etc.

Conservatism, when spoken from the heart, supports a free enterprise capitalism (which is why Van Jones, Obama, and Dems ATTACK it so vociferously), law and order, minimal governmental intervention in the free market, continuation of our history, customs, and traditions, individual freedom, and gradual change through established methods, which ensures stability and continuity, which is WHY the USA has been so prosperous since our creation. Conservatism WORKS whereas abject liberalism, as seen in France, (change for the change for the sake of the change), is a dramatic failure. Conservatism is an AID to a free society whereas Liberalism is a drain on it.

As to what Obama is doing to our economy (running up 14 TRILLION in debt), the father of modern Conservatism, Edmund Burke, argued, "a government does not have the right to run up large debts and then throw the burden on the taxpayer." (Reflections on the Revolution in France) Yet today, and in the past, for let us remember that the Liberals held the Congress for over 50 YEARS, they have spent willy-nilly and passed the shafting onto us and WE ACCEPTED IT! Now we are awake and fighting back, thank God.

Conservatism ensures that the principles on which this country was founded are grounded in our inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, not in the unlimited powers of government to regulate every aspect of our lives, which is the basis of Liberalism. The Pursuit of Happiness means that the government does NOT guarantee everyone’s happiness but rather, that every American has the right to pursue whatever happiness may mean to THEM! As a free individual in a free society. If what YOU pursue does not infringe on the rights of another American, then YOU GO BOY! THAT, fellow patriots, is THE essence of a powerful set of concepts that shook the world in 1776.

We, as a free people, KNOW that Socialism was a failure even before Marx wrote his bullsh*t, simply by reading the diary of Governor Bradford. That is why WE, as Americans, are unique in the world because our Founders saw so clearly that individualism was the road to prosperity, strength, and freedom that they enshrined the rights of the individual above the rights of the "common good" or the collective as the Left knows it. Once again, we are, from 1776 to the present, A FREE PEOPLE, with individual freedom and individual responsibility. In other words, WE, as Americans, have the freedom to live our lives however we wish, as an employee in Walmart, a bum, or a CEO, and the life however you choose to live it. But the upshot of our freedom is that YOU, I/WE/US MUST take the responsibility of the choices we make and the consequences that results from those choices. THAT is what separates US from the Left, who see NO consequences for their actions not do they take any responsibility for their lives.

Thus then, the ROOT of Conservatism is that WE believe that it is NOT the role of the government to protect you from yourself, from excess salt, transfats, guns, sodas, obesity, french fries, fast cars, etc, to bad choices or poor judgment. The role of the government of the United States of America is to provide the BONA FIDE citizens with a maximum of individual freedom while protecting our rights from being infringed upon by others, by attacks from a common enemy, and the enabling of interstate commerce. (That is why Marines were protecting trains against robbery in the 20’s). It is YOUR job to provide YOURSELF with food, shelter, a job, health care, skills, recreation, etc. But the collorary to THAT is that the government DOES NOT have the right to take away what YOU HAVE PRODUCED to provide for others who do not provide for themselves.

Conservatives believe that LOCAL charity works best for those in need are known in their churches and local community but not by a faceless bureaucrat in DC. Liberals shower freebies on anyone and everyone, pillaging the fruits of other people’s labor, often at odds with the producers of said fruits, i.e., 99 weeks of unemployment, welfare, etc. Those who NEED help get it but those who are LAZY are made "uncomfortable in their poverty." (B. Franklin) THAT is WHY we Conservatives cherish that private property is fundamental to the realization of individual freedom because what we create via our minds, skills, talents (on loan from God - El Rushbo), belongs to US and US ALONE! If I/WE/US CHOOSE to give to charity, to help those less fortunate, that is OUR CHOICE and our choice alone. It is NOT the role of government to take what WE earn and redistribute it to those who refuse to work, refuse to take responsibility for their lives, or refuse to take ownership of their poor judgment, i.e., Bush’s fault, headwinds, etc.

In conclusion, Conservatism embraces the view that the basic building blocks of individual freedom are freedom of choice, free will, free markets, private property is indeed private property, and a limited government that follows the Constitution. On the flip side, Liberalism means that the government provides a free "all-you-can-eat" buffet of freebies and governmental intervention to the lazy, ignorant, and stupid. MORE spending, MORE regulations, MORE freebies, MORE entitlements, all at the expense of others, until other people's money runs out. It is quite clear that Conservatism promotes a freer and more prosperous nation whereas Liberalism, more taxes, more spending, more and more regulations and an excessive and UNCARING bureaucracy kills prosperity and freedom. Just look at what Obama and the Democrats have done to this nation since they took over in January 2007 and January 2009 and you have your confirmation.


  1. Craw,

    Thanks brother. I am sick and damn tired of idiots who cannot grasp the stance of Conservatism and have to lie about it. OUR philosophy FREES people, liberalism enslaves them.

  2. Amen, Gunny. I went with my nephew on Camp Lejeune yesterday to help him bid on a gutter job. We were there for forty five minutes, and had no less than ten people run over demanding we put on hardhats. I told my nephew I wouldn't work on that base for any amount of money, because I AM A FREE MAN. If I don't care about shit falling on my head, the government shouldn't. And how the hell are you supposed to get any work done if you spend all your time concerned with safety? The government has gone nuts, and its time we quit LETTING them be idiots.

  3. Great treatise on conservatism, Gunny. The only thing I would add to it is that conservatism is ultimately about truth. When liberals win, it’s ALWAYS because they are not ashamed to deceive and manipulate people. Every single speech Obama gives is riddled with distortions, straw-man arguments (another form of deception) and blatant lies. Same for every other prominent liberal politician out there. Anyone can win if they are allowed to lie and cheat with no fear of repercussion. The only reason Obama is at risk right now is because reality has been on display (despite the best efforts of the Left to hide it) for the past 3 years. It’s a little harder to fool people who are living through your tragic policies.

    No doubt the history books are being re-written right now to extol the god-like qualities of Obama while ignoring the TRUTH about the abject failure of his policies. Conservatives understand that if you have to lie to sell people something, then something ain’t right.

  4. TGP,

    It is ALL about covering their asses, nothing more. I saw the same deal from the Army when I went to Iraq as a private contractor.

  5. CW,

    Another good point to remember, thanks. It is amazing that the Left has ALL of the resources at their disposal, media, universities, schools, teachers, newspapers, etc, and STILL not only cannot defeat us, they are LOSING!

  6. TOTALLY AGREE! keep the truth going Gunny.

  7. Gunny,
    Blacks that I know hold some pretty conservative beliefs but, they've swallowed the bullshit that conservatism = racism...even though they plainly see their own beliefs being represented in our values.

    How do you keep blacks from being enlightened? You merely tell them that something is racist and, sadly they'll believe it without investigating.

    I was talking to a black guy at work about the tea partiers. He was convinced that they're racist...because that is the ONLY information he's ever heard.
    The guy is a retired I asked him if he still believed in the oath he took to defend the constitution..."You're gaddamned right I do" was his reply.
    So, we now have a "date" to attend the next tea party meetup together for him to see for himself and come to his own conclusion as opposed to having a conclusion created for him.

    If he's treated like shit, I'll have to eat some words...if not, he'll be spreading the word!

    Look for a black retired Marine to be spreading the word soon...soon after he washes the taste of leftist bullshit from his mouth and passed the mouthwash to the next guy.

    The point is that each of us vets served with black guys who took the same oath and, hold the same values.
    We took an oath to defend and protect the same document that applies to all of us and protects us equally as men instead of ethnic groups.

    We're not doing as good a job as we should be since the left is convincing blacks (and others) that the constitution isn't theirs to defend...and be defended by as everyone else is.

    Remind every one of them you meet that EVERY civil rights issue IS a constitutional issue and that no civil rights issue has ever been won without it's reason being based on constitutional grounds, we can shine the light on exactly why we're fighting to preserve it and, shed some light on why the left is intent on subverting it.

  8. Sepp,

    GREAT post. The person that this was written for IS a retired AF guy and we had a good chat. Good idea inviting your friend to a Tea Party meeting, THAT is how we do it.

    Your lesson is noted and will be put to use in the future.

  9. Pen Ranger,

    Thanks. You can count on it.