How To Tell If You’re a Conservative

By: Nancy Morgan

For too long, conservatives have allowed the left to define them. With more Americans becoming disillusioned with Obama, it’s time to counter the media’s portrayal of conservatives as radical, illegitimate extremists, concerned only with amassing wealth and kicking gays. Here’s a quick guide to help identify the basic differences between leftists and conservatives.

Conservatives understand that the system of capitalism is the greatest engine of wealth creation the world has ever known. They don’t think profit is a dirty word. Leftists argue that feelings, not the bottom line, should be the motivating factor in all of life’s decisions.

Conservatives believe that a man’s fate is determined by the life choices he makes. Leftists believe if they’re not successful, its because racist capitalists are hogging all the wealth. And that’s not fair!

Conservatives know that life isn’t fair and never will be. Leftists think that it should be, and that if you vote for them, they can legislate fairness. After they redefine it.

Conservatives know that throwing money at a problem usually ends up making the problem worse. Leftists believe that money can solve any problem. Preferably someone else’s money.

Conservatives believe Thomas Sowell’s assertion that there are no solutions – there are only trade-offs. Leftists believe that there are still free lunches, that rights trump responsibilities and victims are more ‘valid’ than producers. And if you don’t agree, you’re just a big ol’ meanie.

Conservatives applaud merit. Leftists applaud intentions. Conservatives believe words have meanings. Leftists believe they have the right to redefine whatever words they care to.

Leftists believe if a theory looks good on paper, it will work. Conservatives understand that reality doesn’t work that way, except in ivory towers.

Conservatives know that, these days, government is the problem. Leftists believe more government is the solution. And they will willingly create and/or exacerbate a crisis in order to prove it. (See link.)

Conservatives believe in accountability, that actions speak louder than words. Leftists have succumbed to the herd mentality that sanctions bad behavior as long as it is done in the name of whichever leftist policy is most popular, be it global warming or the belief that everything bad that happens to the Obama administration is George Bush’s fault.

Conservatives believe in individual rights, not group rights. They know that leftist words like ‘social justice,’ diversity’ and multiculturalism, whose meanings are purely subjective, are used to divide, instill guilt and put conservatives in the impossible position of having to spend their lives proving a negative.

Most conservatives believe in the rule of God. Leftists prefer the rule of man. As long as they are the man.

Leftists believe that life is a zero sum game. If someone wins, that means that someone has lost. They believe there are only so many pieces of the pie and the more pie someone has, means someone out there has less. Conservatives know that this is just not so.

Conservatives are more inclined to do what they feel is right, even when no-one is looking. Leftists prefer to have their compassion recorded, preferably by TV cameras.

Leftists actually believe that world peace is possible. And the only thing standing in the way are those darn conservatives who have earned more money than they have a right to. Conservatives meanwhile, know that the utopia the left envisions is neither realistic nor possible. Thus they focus their efforts on more attainable goals, like making a living, raising their families and contributing to their communities.

Conservatives know that, no matter how thin the pancake, there are always two sides. Leftists have been taught that their side is the only legitimate side and any other point of view is invalid because it is motivated solely by hate, racism, homophobia or greed. End of story.

It is very easy to concentrate on what divides us instead of the many more things that unite us, as this author is doing. But neither leftists or conservatives can refute the fact that we are all Americans. And I choose to believe that all of us want what we think is best for our country. We just disagree on the way to achieve it.

This article was first published Sept. 18, 2010 in the Washington Examiner.

Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for conservative news site RightBias.com.
She lives in South Carolina.


Indonesia Police Block Church Service

Hat Tip: Jean Stoner

AlJazeeraEnglish | September 19, 2010

Dozens of Christians have defied police and threats of attack from Muslim groups to hold prayers inside their boarded-up church near the Indonesian capital.

The group held their Sunday service surrounded by hundreds of police and security guards, saying they had as much right as any Indonesian to worship in the Muslim-majority country.

Local officials had put the ban in place after two church leaders were attacked and seriously wounded by suspected Muslim hardliners last week.

Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Bekasi in West Java.


Financial News Update – 09/20/10

Obama admin uses private tax info to target opponents?

The Ultimate in Nanny-Statism! (Hat Tip: The Anchoress)

Harry Reid’s Pay To Play? Helping Himself Get Re-Elected By Rewarding Contracts To Big Dem Donor Arcata Associates (Hat Tip: Dr. Melissa Clouthier)

Are American Universities Going the Way of General Motors? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Hussman: Rising GDP Doesn’t Mean Much

GM CEO: Bailout payment to tax payers could take years (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Teachers boycott back-to-school night!

Finland imposing tax on chocolate, ice cream

Homebuilders’ confidence stuck at 18-month low (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

House Democrats Pass Bill to Grill School Children about Sexual Preference (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

‘I Want Your Money’ and turnout (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

The United States of Argentina: Obama’s Pension Grab (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

GOP divided on how to replace new health law

Extend the Tax Cuts

Gold: The Anti-Bubble

Morning Bell: The Economic Toll of the Obama Tax Hikes

Is the U.S. Still the Land of Opportunity?

Here Are The “Terrible, Absolutely Terrible” Cuts California Must Make To Balance The Budget

Look Around: There’s Major Commodity Inflation Happening Everywhere

The 25 Countries That Will Be Screwed By A World Food Crisis

Now Brazil Is Intervening To Weaken Its Currency, As The Competitive Devaluation Cycle Heats Up

As China Delivers Soothing Words To Its Banks, American Yuan Rhetoric Returns With A Vengeance

Devaluation Olympiad Won’t Save the U.S.

DeMint Promotes Redistributing Power to States (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)


Government Could Seek Foreign Investors for GM

News Anchorman Fired for Being Conservative?

Russia to Fire 100,000 Bureaucrats in Next 3 Years

Stop the illegal alien student bailout now: DREAM Act Senate phone list; Update: Vote scheduled Tuesday 2:15pm

Economic Terrorists! Republicans Waging ‘Holy Jihad’ to Extend Tax Cuts

Economic panel: The recession ended in June 2009, now quit yer complainin’

Ally’s GMAC Mortgage Halts Home Foreclosures in 23 States

Longest U.S. Slump Since ’30s Ended in June ’09, Group Says

Honohan Says Irish Government Must Cut Deficit at Faster Pace

Republican Plan: Deprive Dem Programs of Cash

Nevada unemployment rises to 14.4%

EU proposes global ‘internet treaty’

UK Proposes All Paychecks Go to the State First

Boston may curb sales of sugary beverages

China to ‘build big nuclear plant’ for Pakistan

Wall Street’s Engines of Profit Are Freezing Up

America: Love it or (if you’re rich enough) leave it?

Marijuana growers join the Teamsters Union

GOP Plan: Draw ‘Line in the Sand’ on Spending

Frankenfood: Designer Meals on the Menu?

U.N. Summit Looks at End to Global Poverty


V-Shaped Recovery Dreams Evaporate

Record Number of Bank Seizures of U.S. Homes

Fannie Mae Began Buying $1,000-Down Mortgages Without Approval

Why Can’t Politicians Understand What is Really Happening?

Swiss Institutions Ask: Where’s The Gold?

Real World Solutions to Economic Tyranny

Greenspan: Fiscal Stimulus Worked Far Less Than Expected

Would A Midterm Loss For Democrats Boost Stocks?

Americans Struggle to Regain their Shrunken Wealth

CitiGroup Shedding Student Loan Business

Caterpillar Sales Accelerate Across the Globe

Argentines Say Buy Now as 25% Inflation Outlook Buoys Car Sales

Inflation Watch

Obama’s Ocean Policy Initiative: Washington’s latest power grab (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)