The Principled Conservative in 21st Century America HTML version

The Principled Conservative in 21st Century America
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Copyright © 2010 C. Scott Litch
I Military Might And Foreign Policy
II Societal Welfare At Home
III Political Economy
IV Tax Policy: Flatter Is Better
V Environmental Concerns
VI Health Care: A Mess Only A Social Engineer Could Love
VII Education: We Can Do Much Better
VIII What Does It Mean Culturally To Be An “American?”
IX Religion And Public Policy
X Human Sexuality And Public Policy
XI Concluding Thoughts
Principled. adj. based on or having (esp. praiseworthy) principles of behavior.
Illustrated Oxford Dictionary, 1998.
“These are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.”
Groucho Marx
While this book addresses some serious issues, it’s not overly serious or else depression might set in. Now is
not the time to panic, but the truth is that a strange, weird assortment of leftists, socialists, “progressives” (i.e.
those too cowardly to call themselves liberals), and jihadists are doing their best to destroy America and ruin the
world in the process. Some are doing so intentionally, others inadvertently. However, to stand on a street corner
shouting about this would only draw stares and questions about your sanity. In politics and public policy, the
best strategy is humor that highlights the folly of one’s opponents. This book attempts in a mildly humorous
veinto illustrate that principled conservatism offers the right ideas that can revitalize America. This is
especially so because opposition to such ideas does not hold up to close scrutiny. But a principled conservative
understands human nature and how emotions, repeated (but wrong) mantras, and wishful thinking can cause
well-meaning people to embrace bad ideas.
When looking at the nature of public policy issues confronting America in the 21st century, I am often
perplexed why the vast majority of all Americans are not aligned with conservative political principles. Even
though self-described conservatives consistently outnumber liberals two-to-one in opinion polls, this does not
translate into consistent electoral success for conservative candidates. But I am used to political frustration,
being a distinct, singular, and often overlooked minority: a Republican Jew.1