Herb Phillipson: To be conservative is not to be againstPublished 9:58am Tuesday, April 6, 2010
If a nation owes a lot of bills, is it conservative to decrease your payments of those bills?
Of course not.
Those who rail against taxes and advocate the reduction of the amount we pay in taxes are not being conservative.
Stinginess towards payment of our governmental obligations is the position of a person who does not want to pay his bills.
It is not conservative.
Is it conservative to fight funds for education?
If we are to make improvements in our society, support of education saves money in the long run.
Cutting expenditures for education injures progress and is not conservative.
With more people in jails and prisons proportionately than any other nation, our country is the most repressive on earth against crime.
The United States has 5 percent of earth’s people and 23.4 percent of its prison population.
Is support of greater and greater penalties for crime conservative?
When we spend more for prosecutors, courts, police and confinement than we spend for education, it is not conservation.
If there is any chance that pollution and contamination may harm our earth and our children and grandchildren, failing to try to control or prevent destruction of the earth’s atmosphere is not conservative.
A conservative is careful and makes sure that any action has some contribution to the welfare of our nation and our future.
A conservative is neither wasteful nor prodigal.
He husbands our resources so they produce the greatest good for the greatest number.
He considers what we do that will help others and ourselves and not cause problems for others in the future.
A conservative is against spending unless there is some definite benefit.
He is for progress, so long as progress can be reasonably achieved.
To be conservative is not to be against.
To the contrary, a conservative is always prudent and favors reasonable actions.