Conservatism vs. Liberalism?

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Conservatism

Bryan Mahlke

True conservatism, in the broad sense (not merely political) seeks to conserve the good, the true, and the beautiful as an inheritance to the succeeding generations.   Conservatism has allowed the West to prosper in the excellence of morality, law, liberty, art, literature, science, philosophy, theology, and politics. 

We had the correct starting point to build American civilization: the self-revelation of the one true, eternal, and self-existent God. An eternal God who desires a relationship with each of us as individuals and encourages independence and a good work ethic.  No other culture has achieved as much prosperity.

 Today, we are seeing the fast unraveling of the foundations of our civilization.  This anti-conservative impulse began three or four generations ago but is advancing at a precipitous rate today.  It is now even denying fundamental realities of human nature openly, such as human gender.  The “leftist progressive” movement is actually regressive.  Its end is not a utopia, but disorder and chaos.  It would have us believe what is false rather than what is true.  It is seeking to deny and destroy the ages of conserving what is true, good, and beautiful, which has been the foundation of our civilization.  The very foundation that has allowed us to build to the greatest heights of excellence in every area of human flourishing.  They seek to tear it down and lay a “better, newer” foundation. 

That is a quite good definition of Marxist Communism since today’s tyrant has changed Marx’s original idea to one of destruction. Since his time, Soviet style, communism has destroyed entire countries like Tartar, Botswana, Mozambique, Chile, Cuba, Venezuela. It veils itself in foolish Marxist rhetoric, but eventually consumes and destroys.

But a foundation that denies truth, calls evil good and good evil, and displaces beauty with abomination, is not one that can attain even the heights we are now descending from.  No, it will return us to the times of tribalism and human misery, while preserving the wealth of the select. The masses will not have the benefit of a good inheritance and become confused, even about the fundamentals of human nature.  There will be no liberty, but instead tyranny.  Civilization is at stake, no less.

Well said, Bryan WDE

Today’s blog is written by Bryan Mahlke, an engineer, veteran, and patriot. It is one of his first “point of view” articles. To me, what Mahlke says here is a call, not just on individual American’s but it outlines what our next run of elected officials must say to their opponents, and how our churches must encourage their members to speak out. Let me define terms:

Liberalism: in modern society is mostly misunderstood. It is the tradition that advocates free speech, a free market without government rules and regulations, and civil liberties of economic, politics, freedom of movement and speech. It is the rule, by the people, through elected officials as servants to the republic, and the general idea of “leave me alone” when it comes to government power.

That definition would fit loosely with the view of the founders of 1787-1788 and paraphrased from something longer by Wikipedia. (Full disclosure, I am a Wikipedia donor) If you look at classic conservatism; you see an entirely different style and type of definition. It is, by Wikipedia’s warning in the header, full of problems, which suggest it is not up to their standards, and may need to be rewritten. Yes, it should. It’s apparently been re-written by leftists, who abhor standards, rule and traditions that people choose to guide their lives. Leftists have parsed, redefined, and mis-characterized conservatives through their prism. It is at best, pseudo-profound nonsense.

Liberals and conservatives are not that far apart. Liberals want to be left alone, and see the offering of guides, rules, and paradigms as restrictive. Religions, some not all, and governments, have throughout history been just as guilty of moving toward the fascism that is often called liberalism. You can’t blame the liberal for not liking it. Using religion to hide behind has been a tool of tyrants, and is still being used.

That is where the fascist yrant hides—behind the name of good and well-meaning reforms. Conservatives like rules in the sense of a collective contract. We agree, metaphorically, to drive on our side of the white line, leave our neighbor’s things alone, and live together peacefully. If you want to dress differently, embrace art instead of commerce–we can live together. The only problem with that—is people. People are prone to adolescent whining and jealousy. That’s where our public leaders and pastors need to understand that leftist progressivism is not about fairness and equality. That is just what they hide behind. Leftist progressivism is no less than Soviet style aggression that destroys everything it touches until it controls everything that is left. Our leaders need to understand, explain, and fight that aggression. It’s not just modern liberals wanting edgy art and colorful murals on our buildings.

And the pastors, politicians and oldest among us should understand that the evil we face is neither liberal nor conservative. It is neo-Marxism, with is less neo and more the oldest evil in literature and scripture. Mahlke’s view is from a real conservative, and you will find none of the ideas the leftist tries to blame on them.