In a great short post on the contradictions of being Republican, Scott Ott offers a superb, succinct conservative manifesto:
We don’t need more politicians who want to help people through government programs. We need folks who want to become guardians of freedom by reducing the oppressive, confiscatory power of government.
And when we’re more free, we can better help those in our communities in need of assistance. A less confiscatory government means we have more resources to devote to private organizations which help the less fortunate. Fewer regulations give private enterprises greater opportunities to innovate and expand, increasing efficiencies and creating jobs.
Oh, and about those contradictions:
We’re working to elect politicians, but we believe the ultimate answers don’t lie in government, but rather in private-sector liberty, industry and the resulting dignity…and often prosperity.
Read the whole thing, print it out, post in in a prominent place.
Oh, yeah, about that other supposed contradiction. When self-righteous liberals accuse our gay conservative readers of being a contradiction in terms, we can readily cite this “manifesto” because it defines the essence of our movement (conservative) in terms of that great idea which has animated American patriots for over two centuries: freedom.
The freedom to live our lives as we choose applies to gay people just as it applies to Christians. And anyone else for that matter.
(H/t: Mark Tapscott.)