First, to settle this up front. I still call myself conservative.
I’m still with you on the importance of personal responsibility and limited government.
I’m still with you in contending that free market capitalism offers the best opportunity for everyone.
I’m still with you in advocating for the life of the unborn and holding that traditional families are the building block of our society.
I’m still with you in endorsing the freedom to express one’s faith and in believing that scripture, like the constitution, should be interpreted according to the authors’ original intent.
But as I’ve watched your various responses to the recent events in Charlottesville…
…as I’ve observed many of you simultaneously try to distance yourselves from the racist alt-right while also minimalizing it by pointing fingers at the media and the counter-protesters and their “inaccurate” understanding of confederate symbolism and historical facts…
…as I’ve witnessed you defend a typically no-holds-barred, “un-presidential,” unconcerned-with-facts leader as he suddenly became more reserved, “presidential,” and concerned with facts “on both sides” with this particular group…
I have to be honest…
Sorry, fellow white conservative males, I’ve got to separate myself on this.
In fact, it is my conservative belief…
…that the intent of the constitution was to give the right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”
…that the intent of scripture was not only that you love God but also “love your neighbor as yourself”
…that absolutely demands it.
I know I may not be describing all of you in regards to your recent responses, but what I’m talking about is actually much bigger than just this one event.
I’ve observed it particularly over the last year and half.
I’ve observed it in your various responses to different events.
Perhaps it’s just gotten worse, or perhaps the problem’s been there all along and I’m just beginning now to wake up.
What I’m talking about is either your inability or absolute refusal to listen to and believe other people’s stories. Continue reading