It happens everywhere. In a world where socialism is expanding on almost every front, some on the right would rather attack their allies than their opponents.
I see it in New Zealand quite often-libertarians attack conservatives and both attack the “religious right.”
It’s a bit like Aussie and Kiwi soldiers slagging off at each other and the “Poms” in a WW1 trench while 10,000 bayonet drawn Huns are advancing on them all through “no man’s land”.
I expect this kind of self indulgence to intensify now that the various factions of the New Zealand right are no longer united by the Clark/Cullen bogey. However I sincerely hope it doesn’t-which is why i’m writing this post.
With National and ACT in power, the right needs to unite more than ever to pressure the government for meaningful reform. We have a short window of opportunity to turn New Zealand around. The rest of the world is going socialist at breakneck pace. New Zealand is the one bright light in a very dark void at the moment.
Let’s not squander our great opportunities with silly scrapping.
The American Thinker website carries an excellent article by libertarian activist Randall Hoven.
In it, Hoven points out the obvious fact that religious and social conservatives are libertarians real friends.
Social conservatism is taking a beating lately. Not only did it lose in the recent elections, it is being blamed for the Republican losses. If only the religious right would get off the Republican Party’s back, the GOP could win like it is supposed to again. I beg to differ…
I have no problem with “social conservatives” or the “religious right” and their supposed influence on the Republican party. I base this not on the Bible or historical authority, but on the love of liberty and the evidence of my own eyes.
The most obvious point to me is that it is the do-gooding liberals who are telling us all what we can and can’t do. The religious right usually just wants to be left alone, either to home school, pray in public or not get their children vaccinated with who-knows-what. Inasmuch as the “religious right” wants some things outlawed, they have failed miserably for at least the last 50 years. Abortion, sodomy, and pornography are now all Constitutional rights. However, praying in public school is outlawed, based on that same Constitution.
Just think for a moment about the things you are actually forced to do or are prevented from doing. Seat belts. Motorcycle helmets. Bicycle helmets. Smoking. Gun purchase and ownership restrictions. Mandatory vaccines for your children. Car emissions inspections. Campaign ad and contribution restrictions. Saying a prayer at a public school graduation or football game. Trash separation and recycling. Keeping the money you earned. Gas tax. Telephone tax. Income tax. FICA withholding. Fill in this form. Provide ID.
For the most part, the list just cited is post-1960. Neither Pat Robertson nor James Dobson ever forced any of that on us…
Randall Hoven points out that both libertarians and conservatives have a common interest in preserving what made America great. Just as we do in New Zealand.
We should be especially careful in tinkering with the most successful society ever to exist on this planet. I would hope I wouldn’t have to defend that claim. By 1969 we put man on the moon and brought him back safely. We were the richest and most free country on earth. Immigrants flocked to our shores. We had defeated some of the most despicable regimes in history. Our schools were the envy of the world and our people produced more patents than any other country.
Shouldn’t we have some humility about changing the most fundamental institutions that got us to that point? Things like traditional marriage, the nuclear family, schools, private property, the free market and the Bill of Rights? That is not to say we don’t change them at all. But let’s be careful, incremental and be prepared to change the change. Do not throw out the baby with the bathwater.
Hoven gets his priorities right.
When the day comes that the only thing between me and liberty are some Bible-quoting know-it-alls, I’ll reconsider. But right now, there are a lot of things between me and liberty, and the “religious right” is not one of them. In fact, I see them voting for more liberty, not less. If the Republican Party ever decides it really wants to be the party of liberty, rather than the slower-road-to-socialism party, I’ll gladly join the religious right there.
Read the whole article. Then think about it next time you want to slag off at a potential friend.
Don’t we need all we can get?