I know a conservative is someone that conserves (or is in favor of conserving) something. I always assumed that if I were a Conservative it meant that I was in favor of conserving the principles enshrined in the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Then, several years ago, when hard-line Soviet Communists were trying to depose Mikhail Gorbachev, they were described by the American press as Conservatives. That threw me into a conundrum. If that's what a conservative is--to conserve what currently exists--then throw this baby out with the bathwater!!
This morning in his Post of the Week, Bob Aagard at The World According to Me, linked to my recent post, "Why Utah Mormons Fell for George W. Bush". His post was complimentary, so I am assuming that his reference to me therein as a "true conservative" was complimentary as well, but for me it dredged up ghosts of Communists past, and I began to wonder, "Is that what I really am?"
The term "true conservative" dredged up for me ghosts of Communists past.
Dictionary.com defines a conservative as someone who is
disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.Almost good...but yikes! Which one is it? Restoring, or preserving? You see my quandary?
So for you who have read my blog, what am I? Take the following quiz. Am I a:
- Conspiracy nut