I do not speak of humility lightly.
I suppose that the action of bowing petulantly with guile and deceit for the alleged purpose of gaining the respect and popularity among peers and those deemed elite, is an act worthy of being repudiated as nothing more than grandiose cowardice. I think that covers pretty much anyone who has held public office and has REJECTED the views of their constituents that they were elected to represent, without having done so upon personal principle, and not personal principal. There are ways of making self serving incumbents ACCOUNTABLE without causing civil war among the ranks.
Civil war will not bring out the best in conservatives that is certain. It certainly won’t make dishonest people more honest either. It may be too easy for conservatives to maintain RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION against “The Establishment” as they lob, toss, fire, launch, and drop the FURY of Political Weaponry upon former allies. In my estimation, the only thing that is gained from an all out assault on “moderates”, “elites”, “RINO(s)” etc… is a VAIN and FOOLISH stroke of personal Self-Righteousness. The volley of assaults hurled at the reputations, and characters of those with whom we disagree in policy, practice, and politics will do nothing but tarnish the soul of the Conservative. There is no TRUE satisfaction in the enlightened soul that seeks purifying rather than the destruction of the house for the purpose of cleansing.
I believe it is too easy to imagine ourselves as Christ, armed with a bullwhip and overturning the tables of the money changers… but let us not forget that WE ARE NOT AS CHRIST.
Those who seek selfish interests by vanity, pride, arrogance, or ignorance serve Evil to public, and as such should be held ACCOUNTABLE. I believe this goes the same for those who believe they have an inherent right to PURGE the people from the party, rather than the thoughts, ideas, and propaganda that they do err.
I would much rather maintain their talents, and their capabilities and PREACH repentance to them until they change or meet judgment. This is exactly what votes are purposed for in primaries, caucuses, and elections.
WE MUST DECLARE WAR ON IGNORANCE, Not Factions. WE MUST EDUCATE AT EVERY LEVEL. WE MUST PROMOTE THOSE THAT ARE BOTH TEACHABLE, and that ARE TEACHERS in the craft of Conservatism.
Displaying FEAR for the loss of the identity of the Conservative to me is a VAIN approach. We SHOW those that dare to exploit that THEY are UNWELCOME. AND NEVER SHALL WE BECOME THE DECEIVERS.
How Beautiful are the feet of those upon the mountains that publish peace?
As for me and my house… we shall educate. There is no need to call into question the integrity of others, rather educate the masses on how to think for themselves and how to judge between good and evil. If they have learned well because they have been taught well, they shall VOTE well. One would hope that reason and righteousness is contagious, when it is not PUFFED up… but when it comes from the HUMBLE and MEEK. Oh surely you shall be reviled, but it shall be for the sake of the truth… and if that is so, you be held in GOOD company.
James Madison gave us a simple truth:
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
Let us use OUR Knowledge for the Truth, and not some other purpose.