We are self-reliant. We do not look to the government to cure our ills. Instead, we fix them ourselves. We respect the rule of law but don’t need the law to know how to act properly toward our fellow humans.
Because we are self-reliant we can deal with change, even if the changes create hardship. We can even support changes if it has been determined that the changes are for the better with no long term negatives and we know how to fight back when the changes for change’s sake would cause more harm than good.
We mourn the loss of Reagan and his brand of conservatism, not because he was perfect, but because he brought out the best in us as conservatives. He brought out our strengths, our ingenuity, and our creativity. As long as we remember that’s why we loved him, we’ll survive no matter what happens in the future and we will be at our best doing it. When the times are rough is when conservatives are at their best.
Conservatism is not a political party. It’s a way of life and living that no politician, political party, or government can take away from us. There are people in this country who think they can kill conservatism but it’s not possible to do that without killing every person who thinks conservative and lives conservative; dependent upon the self first and government last.
Bruce Walker explains the origins of the word and how it became a construct for people like us. While it’s nice to know in the abstract, it doesn’t matter to me that it is of Marxist origin. The term works as well as any other to categorize us. Nor does it matter to me that the left use it as a perjorative.
No matter what the government does or who is in charge of it, we conservatives will survive; stronger, wiser, and better for it.