Today I’m outing myself as a liberal: a classical liberal.

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at two Eagle Forum events in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — it was my first time in the “City of Champions” — Steel City Pittsburgh. After those two venues I was invited to the Michigan GOP State Convention in Novi. It was a true honor to meet so many great folks and reunite with those I’d met previously at Spring Arbor University, Jackson, and at the Romeo TEA Party. There was certainly plenty of energy and enthusiasm in the convention hall and floor as candidates and their supporters rallied the delegates for support. The Friday night Christian Coalition dinner was really awesome, where we wholeheartedly felt the influence of many black pastors in attendance.

However, what stuck in my mind was this phenomenon of “conservatism.” Everyone was vying for the esteemed title of “conservative.” Some candidates were claiming they were more conservative than this or that other one. As I departed Saturday afternoon to head back home, Sitting in the Detroit Airport, I wondered if I had asked 100 people, could they have been able to explain conservatism?

First of all, let’s establish this point: modern conservatism is classical liberalism as developed by English political philosopher John Locke. His basic principles were the personal rights of life, liberty, and property. Clearly, today’s “post modern liberal” has nothing in common with John Locke. Today’s liberalism has more in common with Marxism/progressivism/socialism — but as with all things Leftist, the lexicon is changed in order to mask true identity and intentions.

So Thomas Jefferson took Locke’s principles and revised them to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (as opposed to the progressive socialists’ guarantee of happiness).

The point is that conservatism is a philosophy of governance which advocates and promotes individuals and their rights — as opposed to collective group rights, mind you. Conservatism is a political ideology that is not dependent upon political party, but is defined by principle. Locke supported the idea of the social contract which means government is entrusted by the people with certain powers for their protection. Jefferson referred to this in the Declaration of Independence as the “consent of the governed” — hence why we have representative government.

Conservative principles are rooted in our foundational documents the Declaration and Constitution — by way of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty, free market economy, and national security (common defense). I would add a sixth principle of traditional family values.

Now, those principles should be guides in the creation of policy by which this nation is supposed to be governed. Case in point: common core was a big issue at the Michigan GOP convention — which we have written about here. I oppose common core because I am a conservative and therefore do not support government education standards. It is not an enumerated power of the federal government. After all, why do we have local school boards if the federal government should take a top down direct approach?

No conservative would ever support a program such as common core. Standards in education are vital but should be developed from the state and local levels — that reflects the conscience of a conservative. The federal government’s role is to ensure that every child — American and legal immigrant — has an equal access to a quality education which means supporting choices in education and not cronyism by way of teachers unions. Conservatives deplore economic cronyism because it is antithetical to free market/free enterprise.

Furthermore, common core was never presented as policy to be debated within the House of Representatives or Senate. It was never developed in a legislative committee and presented before the elected representatives of the people — therefore it is inconsistent with the concept of “consent of the governed.” As a matter of fact, it is being used as a tool to bribe states into receive federal financial assistance for education — which could also be considered blackmail.

To put conservatism in a simple analogy, take for example Booker T. Washington’s three pronged agenda of education, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance — that is the essence of conservative thought; setting the conditions for the pursuit of happiness of individual American citizens. It is all about their unalienable rights.

When government operates under the guiding principles of conservatism, you have growth, opportunity, and promise — an equality of opportunity, not the progressive socialist mantra of equality of outcomes. And government advances policies that seek the economic empowerment for the individual, not their economic enslavement by way of the bribery or personal largesse that retards the individual’s will and determination — it takes away the desire to pursue happiness as they await their guarantee.

When the government operates within its prescribed constitutional roles and responsibilities, it will be fiscally responsible – it must be. And if government is fiscally responsible, it will promote individual sovereignty and in so doing advance education, ingenuity, innovation, and investment — since government is not usurping individuals’ financial resources. If that is the case, you have a thriving free market economy — not a government spending-based economy.

However, in the end, we must keep Americans safe and that means focusing on the number one priority of the federal government — the common defense. Conservatives believe in peace through strength, not nation building and spreading democracy. We prefer reducing the conditions under which evil can thrive so to ensure liberty can actually take root — but we don’t believe it should be forced.

Lastly, yep, we support life, because life is the first of the unalienable rights and life is created by one man and one woman, the American family. It does not mean we don’t support those who believe their “pursuit of happiness” may be with someone of the same sex — but we don’t condone destroying a fundamental institution to accommodate a small collective group.

Simple, and to the point, that is what conservatism is, and it has been time tested and always proven best for a nation. Its opposition, progressive socialism, has never been successful, so why are we undergoing this “fundamental transformation” in America? It’s simple, our education system has been taken over by progressives who don’t teach our children the founding philosophy of governance of America — classical liberalism, conservatism.

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Donna Tona
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I have learned so much from your posts. Well said

Ellis Baxter
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This is the education we must have, My only disagreement is that the extreme wing of the democrat party are Neo Fascists. The rest is dead on….

Andy Martin
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I think liberal fascism does exist but many people find the term too harsh IMO. It is not overt in practice but can be observed by govt rules and regs that have become more pervasive the last 6 years. Whether it be EPA, ACA or any other rules designed to restrict people’s freedoms. It still amounts to govt controlling people which is fascism by design. The regime we have in the WH practices full on fascism in a subtle way as described above. When you create a welfare state, you end up controlling millions of lives. I find that fascistic.

ClassicLiberal
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Both sides detest Classical Liberals. One side thinks you’re stealing their position, and the other isn’t willing to learn what a Classical Liberal is and thinks you’re just a ‘liberal’ under a different name.

Rob Smith
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In viewing the America in which we live in presently comparing it with the America in which I was raised; which I served in the military for; in which I have believed in, I am so dismayed at what it has become. The present administration has made it a divisive and almost a un-American country throwing the founding principles (the Constitution) to the wind. I fear that even if there is a change in belief structure in the next term of office that we may be too close to the precipice to get the proverbial pendulem to swing back the… Read more »
Cindy Reschke Wundrow
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Cindy Reschke Wundrow

Thank you so very much for your service to our great country. I hope you never forget there are many many people who truly appreciate your hard work and sacrifice. God bless you always.

the_Pilgrim
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Within the heart of man resides a desire, a yearning to be free. This desire is in complete contradiction to what also resides in man, the desire, the yearning to be led. He who discovers how to release man’s desire for freedom unleashes the best of him. He who manages to shackle man’s desire to be led unleashes the worst of him. Only in Christ Jesus are we truly free. No government can shackle man’s desire for freedom. To do so is to unleash the worst of man.

Philanthropussy
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I knew you went both ways.

Andy Martin
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Stay out of adult conversations moron.

Philanthropussy
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are you going to admit you haven’t made sex with a woman?

Andy Martin
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I admit I have never ‘made sex’ with a woman. I have had sex with women. Obviously you don’t know the difference. Have your mommy tell you what the difference is as soon as I send her home.

Philanthropussy
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Paid don’t count

Andy Martin
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Your mom was free. I bought her dinner though. Does that count?

Philanthropussy
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Oh , you were the one who cried after sex. She said you kept saying, grandma had a bigger box”

Andy Martin
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Talk nice to your father.

Philanthropussy
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Really, is that the best you can do ?

Andy Martin
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That’s all I need with you kid. Go play.

Philanthropussy
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Why is West saluting with one hand and holding a bullhorn with the other ? Werid

Andy Martin
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It makes the point.

Philanthropussy
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It’s not the way a salute should be. Another example of how phony West is.

Michael
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Phony… LTC isn’t a free rank… So “Phony” isn’t the appropriate word…

Of course, what can we expect? You must attempt to discredit everything or else be forced to face facts… Must be terrible to live in such fear and denial…

Philanthropussy
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The fact is it’s extremely disrespectful. Just another example of West less into quality but more into showing off.

Michael
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An improper salute without context is not “extremely disrespectful”. If he were saluting the flag, sure. If he were saluting a superior officer? Sure. If he’s just saluting? No.

Improper, yes, but without context, not disrespectful.

Yet another example of someone trying ad hominem when they have no ability to dispute content.

Philanthropussy
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You are right. It was improper for a disgraced former soldier.

Michael
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Didn’t realize “disgraced soldiers” got honorable discharges…. Funny.

Philanthropussy
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Who was forced to retire. They gave him a break, but he can’t escape his past.

Michael
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LTC West doesn’t try to escape his past. If you look at interviews, he has stated he would do the exact same thing again. Which is a big part of why he has my respect as a combat soldier. He protected his soldiers. Civilians can’t understand that war is an ugly thing. Most POG’s can’t understand war is an ugly thing. Having been on the ground in Afghanistan, I would hope my commander cared about me as much as LTC West cared about his soldiers. That is known as Leadership. Fast becoming a scarce quality in the military as the… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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Are you kidding? If he was such a great and respected solider, they would have kept this incident quite. Do you think anyone would believe a poisoner’s word of abuse? Do you think any man would talk about the incident if they respected Wesf? What about cops beating people up in interrogation
rooms . Does any cop get in trouble for that?

Michael
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And if you were actually a soldier, like you claim, you would know there is always a political blue falcon ready to scream abuse… Would have kept it quiet? I’d recommend looking into it closer. His commander did know. It was reported. It was some other guy who read the report, that mentioned the event in passing that forced the investigation. Against his commands’ will… So, by your standard, he WAS a great and respected soldier, because they did try to “keep it quiet” until some POG saw it and thought “OMG, THAT SO MEAN” from the Green Beans on… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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Michael
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Yeah. Much better Story. Narrative. Opinion. From CNN. Surprise. Lets try a few other sources, shall we? http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/27/world/struggle-for-iraq-interrogations-colonel-risked-his-career-menacing-detainee.html?scp=1&sq=How%20Colonel%20Risked%20His%20Career%20by%20Menacing%20Detainee%20and%20Lost&st=nyt Your Source: West said the policeman, Yahya Jhrodi Hamoody, was not cooperating with interrogators, so he watched four of his soldiers from the 220th Field Artillery Battalion beat the detainee on the head and body. My Source: Soldiers testified later that Mr. Hamoodi appeared to go for his weapon and needed to be subdued. Mr. Hamoodi said that one soldier punched him several times, and that he was handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded. My Source: At the base, he said, they threw him,… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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The ny times, really. That’s better than CNN? The times is as liberal as they come, republicans ( including West) hate it, but when it agrees with whatever case you are trying to make, you fools love it !!!!
Who the [email protected]@k is your source? What does the article prove? He committed a crime, but thats okay? west should have kept his cool, how many people lose their cool ad kill? But that’s okay, right.

Michael
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It’s significantly more detailed than CNN. And you’ll note it was a lot more Fair to LTC West. Largely because it was more detailed.

He committed a crime, but there were mitigating circumstances. Which should have had him acquitted of it… And you’ll note he didn’t lose his cool and kill.

That would be known as a Red Herring.

Philanthropussy
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West can break the law, or bent it because your article is fairer ?

Michael
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mit·i·ga·tion
ˌmitəˈgāSHən/
noun
noun: mitigation
the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something.

Philanthropussy
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He was trailed and convicted fairly. People are going to have different opinions, but that comes with his conviction.

Michael
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Yes, and you’ll note I didn’t say he didn’t commit a crime, I said the NY times article provided more details for the Mitigation.

And he was not convicted. As an Article 15 is Non-Judicial Punishment. (Kinda the whole point of Article 15 instead of Court Martial)

For a Sailor, you sure don’t know ANYTHING about Military stuff….

Philanthropussy
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Of course not , I never committed a crime.

Michael
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Never committed a crime…

Or Broke a Regulation…

Or held Any rank involving Leadership.

Okay!

Philanthropussy
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I never got caught. Only losers do.

Philanthropussy
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nice story. tell me the one about the bunny next.

Michael
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http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/27/world/struggle-for-iraq-interrogations-colonel-risked-his-career-menacing-detainee.html?scp=1&sq=How%20Colonel%20Risked%20His%20Career%20by%20Menacing%20Detainee%20and%20Lost&st=nyt&src=pm&pagewanted=3

I’m sorry. You seemed to imply I was mistaken… You’ll note every. Single. Thing. I. Said. in that report… so much more detailed than your CNN article…

Philanthropussy
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I already dealt with this article.

Michael
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Furthermore, if you look into the incident, all of LTC West’s soldiers said the same thing he did. No one lied or “told on him”.

The military decided to make an example of him. Because someone who’s never been closer to combat than a computer screen decided that an Iraqi man not being frightened was more important than soldiers’ lives. Not a big surprise.

Andy Martin
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Outside of military latrines, where did you serve?

Philanthropussy
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US Navy, San Diego. On a Sub tender. Anything else loser boy?

Andy Martin
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Waiting for proof suck azz.

Philanthropussy
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I’m waiting for your info, sweet hart

Andy Martin
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So you have no proof. Understood.

Philanthropussy
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I asked for your email to send you my proof

Andy Martin
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You can send me anything. It means nothing. Put it up here. Aren’t you proud of your ‘service’?

Philanthropussy
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send me your email or YOU shut up, loser

Andy Martin
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It’s okay kid. You’re a liar. No big deal.

Andy Martin
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Put up your DD214 and MOS.

Philanthropussy
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Sure. Send me your email or address.

David Michael
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Basically, “Conservatism” means to conserve the principles of “Life, Liberty, and Property” as set out by Locke, and further enumerated in the Constitution. That is my take, and that is why I consider myself to be “conservative.”

Dani California
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I would believe you if not for the fact that oppression of gay rights is in direct violation of supposed conservative ideology. So if it’s not about freedom, what is it about?

Conservatives believe that the key to a perfect country exists in the past, and to change it can only make it worse. Progressives believe our country was created flawed and that we must improve it in order to create a perfect state.

Steve Blackmon
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Of course our country was created flawed. It was created by flawed individuals. We’re all flawed. You don’t have to be a “progressive” to know that.

Dani California
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Well conservatives don’t. They always fight change. The conservatives were the ones that fought the emancipation movement, the civil rights movement, and now they are fighting the gay rights movement. All conservatives can look back and denounce those things, just as conservatives the future will look back and denounce this. The closer you get the way this country was made, the better.

You can also see evidence of this with religion. Conservatives faught tooth and nail for Christianity to damn near be a state religion, and they’re still fighting it today.

Joay Baisi
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Spoken like a true liberal!
No one wants to suppress anyone or their rights. With the exception of the liberals and islam. If you think this country hasn’t evolved considerably from the time it was founded without the conservatives kicking and screaming all the way think again. And then go read up on the history of America and learn from it this time.

Linda League
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Most conservatives do not oppose gay rights, they oppose it replacing the traditional family. Every issue the left has is not about including new groups or issues in the process, it’s about demonizing one side and replacing it with the new ideology. Look at the gay issue and the religion issue. Now if you don’t believe in gays, you must be racist. If you are a Christian, you are dangerous. Really, it’s ok to still believe in traditional values and God and the left just don’t get that. BTW has the progressives ever improved anything?

Dani California
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The “traditional family” is a pc codeword for NOT GAY FAMILY BECAUSE WE DON’T LIKE THEM. If you don’t believe in gays you are prejudiced. That’s how it works. And to deny gays the right to marry is denying them a right that we have so it is LITERALLY the textbook definition of oppression of their rights.

And what have progressives improved? Well, they ended slavery and ended segregation, Those are some big ones.

Linda League
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You cant read and understand. I don’t have to believe one way or the other because I am free, that’s how that works. Lincoln was a Republican, didn’t you know?

Dani California
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Yes. Lincoln was a republican and he was a also bleeding-heart liberal. The republicans took on a conservative position only in the 50s/60s when the civil rights movement arose. This isn’t a game where you pick a team and root for them this is life, and life is messy and complicated

Linda League
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Nixon stopped segregation in the armed forces and the Democrats did all in their power to keep segregation until JFK. You mention the Republicans becoming conservative as if it was because of civil rights which is not so. What does your last 2 sentences have to do with anything. You know so much that just isn’t so.

Dani California
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My point is that conservative and republican or not synonymous, nor are liberal and democrat. The republican party that Lincoln was part of was supportive of liberal ideas.

Trevor
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Once again, you are seeing what you want to see, and failing to comprehend the message. The so-called perfect state does not, and will never exist. That is the lie of the leftist. Go ask Russia, Germany, Cuba, and on, how that worked out for them.

Dani California
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I said I believe in a perfect state, NOT a socialist state.

sickandtired
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First, you have to believe that there is such a thing as “gay rights” to marriage, which I do not. Marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and everyone has the right to “marry” under those parameters. No one has denied anyone that, including a gay person. What you are referring to as “oppression” is the gay agenda of changing the definition of marriage. So if gays want the definition changed, and they don’t get their way, it’s called oppression? I think not.

Dani California
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But why? It is an issue of no concern to the goverment. If they want the definition of marriage changed so that they can be included, who are you to tell them they can’t? It effects no but the two people getting married, so in the name of freedom, let the people marry!

Dennis G
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No concern to the government is where I agree. Get rid of
all the stuff you get if you are married and then it is just a agreement between two people however they want to do it. But do not make it a law that a church can’t refuses to do the ceremony if they don’t agree on who is getting “married”.

Dani California
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SEE THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN ABOUT, A COMPROMISE WHERE EVRYONE GETS WHAT THEY WANT. To bad congress can’t figure out how that works…

Steve Blackmon
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My question on this is where did the definition of “marriage” come from. Seems to me, if someone wants to change it, then they need to go to the one who defined it to begin with and see if it’s okay with them. I may want to change the definition of a golf club to include a baseball bat, but that doesn’t mean it is right or should be allowed, just because I want to.

Dani California
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If you want to start calling trees golf clubs so be it. Every other person in the world can think you’re crazy but does it effect them at all? No. And yes, it is aloud. You are aloud to call anything anything you want to.

Steve Blackmon
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To change that definition insinuates that the original definition was wrong to begin with. I”m not so sure any of us is qualified to say that.

Dani California
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How about we can all choose our own definitions? We can all do our thing with what we believe and all be happy without letting politics get in the way.

Brock Diego
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No, progressives believe that fairness is derived through force. As for your comment about ‘gay rights,’ I believe that some conservatives use it to appeal to blind, immoral Christians who don’t fully understand Jesus’ teachings, which were to not judge others. However, you equate gay ‘rights’ with gay ‘marriage.’ Look around and you’ll see many states already had gay rights laws in place. You focus on one minor issue so that you can promote the ideology that it’s fine to oppress others in order to create true ‘equality,’ which is nothing more than slavery, which is what liberals in power… Read more »
Dani California
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I think that is what LIBERALS believe, and while liberal and progressive are used interchangeably, I see them as different. As a progressive I believe it is possible to achieve a perfect society, and it is the duty of the goverment to constantly work to move closer to this goal. In today’s age we have fallen to the myth perpetrated by our two-party overlords that we must be either liberal or conservative. I believe in a third option, which takes tenants from both ideologies. Socially it is the governments job to protect the rights and freedoms of all people, unless… Read more »
william C
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There is no perfect society and never will be as long as people have differing points of view and opinions on how to make things better. As long as humans have individual minds and ideas, no one will ever be able to establish a perfect society. One person’s perfect society is another’s society of enslavement or servitude.

Dani California
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True, a perfect society is impossible because that would require perfect people. I should’ve said I believe in the idea of a perfect society, and we should always be striving to improve ourselves to come as close as humanly possible.

Dennis G
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end the welfare state but take care of all healthcare concerns?

Dani California
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Yeah, reduce unemployment but have universal healthcare. That’s what I meant.

Barbara Graham
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USA supposedly bringing our Democracy misleads the nation’s. Without our Constitution pure socialism us being spread. IMHO. Oh and by doing away with our Constitution here in the USA we to are becoming socialist.

Rodney Myers
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I agree with a lot said here, in fact, I have visualized how the “center” has been pulled much to the left. This is why Libertarianism has been growing, as they are the classic Conservatives that built our nation.
I have much more confidence in the Individual to do the right thing, and to help me than I do any collective, especially the government.

Dani California
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Societies without fail become more progressive as time goes on. Sure, there are periods where they revert to more primitive conservative ways but time always moves forward; the direction of progressivism.

DavBow
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Forward is not the direction of progressivism, it is only a hollow promise. It has been tried time and time again, always with disastrous results. You clearly do not understand conservatism at all.

Dani California
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Yes it is. The birth of the United States was a major part of the Enlightenment, which was basically the birth of modern Progressivism.

Steve Blackmon
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This is not a confrontational question, Dani, just one looking for more information. What “societies” are you referring to?

Dani California
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The general trend has been that as a society exists for longer and longer certain things become less acceptable, such as cruelty, oppression, monarchy and racism. And by societies I meant Europe, because come to think of it this has not happened any where else. That being said, the European Renascence and Enlightenment have brought about the greatest era of human history.

You can see very conservative ideas, such as royalty, religion and nationalism decline leading to better more peaceful world

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TheDudeAbides
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Waiting for the troll “William” to respond
Wondering what kind of false “facts” he is going to say…lol

Douglas Morris
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I’ve been calling myself a Locke/Twain Liberal for the last 10 years, welcome to my movement Col. West!

Chief
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T shirt “God, Guns, Life, Liberty, Property = Pursuit of Happiness” Eh? waddaya think?

Wes
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Col. West as far as I am concerned you should be the next President Of The United States. You sir will be a bright light in the darkness the Obama Administration has brought us

Michael Giza
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If you think that the problems will lessen with obama out of office, you dont understand the issue.

Wes
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Our Problem is Progressive Liberalism. I like Allen West see the truth. Enlighten me on the problem sir. Have you even read Allen West book ? You ought to he unlike other people will help you see the truth.

Jay Miner
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Enlighten us then, what in your eye is the true problem?

Dani California
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How can you claim to support freedom, limited goverment and personal rights and at the same time advocate the goverment deciding what family values people have to accept? Those two concepts are completely incompatible.

Jade
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Dani, if you look at what’s happening this very day, Government is bigger than it’s ever been and in more than ever before. They bought into the auto industry at taxpayers expense; they have taken over healthcare; government controls the banking industry; are legislating against personal gun ownership; and has been involved in the housing crisis. So you seem to be complaining about how government is deciding family values?? Do you not see how out-of-bounds this administration is in terms of the US Constitution and much, much bigger issues?? The beauty of America has always been it’s diversity and opportunity.… Read more »
Dani California
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Yes, I am complaining about that! It’s not the only problem in this country, but it’s a problem nonetheless. What if the goverment said you couldn’t marry your husband (I’m assuming you’re a women?) because it offended to many people. How is that fair that they can decide what you do with your life because it “offends them?”

mike
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Dani, that is exactly what you are advocating, in your own words “goverment deciding what family values people have to accept” you say we MUST accept gay marriage because the government says we must

Dani California
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Do you not see how backwards this is???? You don’t have to accept anything because frankly it doesn’t concern you! The goverment allowing gay people to marry effects you IN ABSOLUTELY NO WAY WHATSOEVER. The goverment isn’t saying that you can’t marry who you want, they are simply saying that YOU can’t decide who anyone else can or can’t marry.

I don;t see why you can’t just let them have it… you DON’T LOSE ANYTHING. AT ALL.

Trevor
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You clearly failed to comprehend the message. Unless, of course you see what you want to see.

Dani California
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No I saw the message. Conservative ideology wants re-create traditional old school America, just like the day it was founded. They idealize the past and believe any change is trampling on perfection. What they fail to remember is that America was not created a country as free as it is today. They want to return America to it’s cultural roots, NOT support freedom.

Although their economic policy is pretty on point

Jim Hasak
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How refreshing to read an article by someone who understands and respects the nation’s founding documents.

I would like to comment on one point you made. You write, “I oppose common core because I am a conservative and therefore do not support government education standards….” It sounds as if you are saying that you adhere to a set of principles attributed to the self-assigned label “conservative.” I believe it would be more accurate if you simply wrote, “I oppose common core because I do not support government education standards…”

Keep up the good work.

markchristopher
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What kills me is when a liberal RINO touts his conservatism during the election, then like clockwork shows his liberal (modern conception) ways after being elected to office. I think true conservatives are on to that ploy this time around, and will delve into their past more carefully before voting. I started the Fort Worth Tea Party back in early ’09 and even had Rick Perry show up at one of our rallies. But at the time I couldn’t convince the local GOP that smaller government should be our mantra, so I stepped aside and went on the road as… Read more »
Michael Giza
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Lets just get this one thing straight. We are all anarchists.

Wes
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Anarchy ? Weak are dominated by the Strong. So the people who own guns can dominate the ones who don’t ? Thanks but no thanks man.

Dani California
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No, we’re not. I don’t even think you are.

Randall Greenway
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Allen West misses a critical point in his opposition to the Common Core educational standards. He is correct in his view that the federal government should not have a role in education, that is a right reserved for the states. And thus, that is why he is wrong on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). CCSS was NOT an initiative of the federal government, but rather an initiative of the National Governor’s Association (NGA) in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), both state based associations. Thus, CCSS are a state initiative, not a federal initiative.
MV
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But there should be no Federal level “Department of Education” – and no grant money conditional on anything. Get rid of Federal involvement in Education – PERIOD! That is Allen West’s fundamental principle!

ted j
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good answer…and very true..

Brendan
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You believe in individual liberty and rights… but not when it comes to gay marriage because you, the champion of the rights of individuals, don’t believe a “small collective group” should be afforded rights.

So laws should not restrict the rights of individuals… just small collective groups of individuals?

Hypocrite

You are not defining conservatism… you are redefining it and adjusting the part about individual rights to rationalize your opposition to gay marriage.

Face the truth. Your arguments for not interfering with the rights of individuals contradicts your opposition to gay marriage.

Jade
Guest

Brendan, I respect your position. However, I missed the part where Mr. West said that people who prefer gay marriage should not be afforded the same rights as those who don’t prescribe to gay marriage. He simply stated that, “…

we don’t condone destroying a fundamental institution to accommodate a small collective group”. He’s simply saying that marriage between one woman and one man should not be “destroyed” because a few others believe in gay marriage.

JANUS
Guest

I married to salad dressing last night, or should I say mixed because marriage does have a meaning.

Brendan
Guest

Marriage between one man and one woman would not be destroyed if gays were allowed to marry.

Mr West has stated multiple times that he opposes gay marriage and supports legislation that prohibits it.

MV
Guest

Since marriage now means anything…why not allow multiple marriages (more than 2); why not allow adults to marry children; why not allow marriage to animals? Marriage used to mean a union of 1 man and 1 woman. Since that definition that has existed for thousands of years has been destroyed – why limit it to 2? Why limit it at all?
OTOH – why not drop marriage as something at the Federal OR State level, and let individuals enter into ANY contractual relationship that they want, without any governmental approval or sanction?

Brendan
Guest
1. Church marriage is not being forced to change so religious marriage is “protected.” As gay marriage becomes legal, churches can still choose not to perform them. Problem solved. 2. Comparing a loving adult relationship between two consenting adults to a relationship with a minor or an animal is absurd. You may regard homosexuality as unnatural or even abhorrent… but whether you approve of it or not, I hope you see that it is wrong to compare what consenting adults choose to do with having relations with children or animals. 3. The history of marriage is not as clean and… Read more »
ted j
Guest

your marriage may not suffer, but the intent of God’s view of marriage will ..let me hear your response to God when you stand in front of Him and account for all you remarks….Rom1:19-28 says a lot about what you should think…consider your children, what they here,… will they think as you do???when you allow changes to God’s laws, there will be no limit to the corruption of His laws…why do you think God gave us those laws????

Brendan
Guest

And that is why here in the United States, when gay marriage becomes legal, churches will be protected and the sanctity of religious marriages will remain unchanged.
The US government can not change that.

But also, here in the United States, we do not allow laws based solely on religious beliefs.

I have no fear of standing before God because I lead a good life and raise my children well.
That I did not attempt to open the door for religious law in the US is not something i will be ashamed of.

ted j
Guest

you should be afraid of the judgement, if being a good person is what based your decision on..being a good person will not get you into heaven…..God has said all your good deeds are like filthy rags….there is no way to receive salvation except by Jesus Christ…and as far as the gov’t not able to change the laws,, you must be living in some other world… they are changing the laws daily..without anyone’s approval..remember all laws are based on biblical commandments…

Brendan
Guest

All laws are NOT based on Biblical commandments.
And I never said the US government can not change laws… i said they can not create religious laws.
And the US government is prevented by the Constitution from changing what is taught in the churches or force churches to perform ceremonies they don’t want to.

Kdiity
Guest

And the man isn’t allowed to have an opinion? And you claim to be tolerant and open minded? What makes it so, in your mind, that gay marriage is right and the rule of law?

Brendan
Guest

i never said he isn’t entitled to his opinion.
But i am also entitled to mine.
In my opinion he is being hypocritical and contradicting himself… essentialy saying he supports individual rights as a principle, while making excuses for opposing those same rights when it comes to gay marriage.

Jade
Guest

But the shear definition of “marriage” is between one man and one woman. Yes, it is a biblical definition, a Christian definition, but a definition none the less. So in effect if gay “marriage” is included in that definition, then the definition of “marriage” between one man and one woman would be destroyed. I think maybe that’s the point he was driving.

Dani California
Guest

Marriage is no longer a religious institution. It CAN be, if you want to have a religious wedding, but by no means does it have to be. To govern marriage by religious doctrine would also exclude any non-christian people from marrying. It has become a social and legal agreement, and to try and apply religious belifes to it is inconsiderate of those that do not follow your religion.

Jade
Guest
Unfortunately, Dani, it seems as though you are correct that marriage is no longer seen as solely a religious institution, but that doesn’t make it any less so. “To govern marriage by religious doctrine would also exclude any non-Christian people from marrying.” So, Muslims and Buddhists (just to name two) don’t marry? Last time I looked, those two belief systems were not Christian-based, yet people within them still marry. Also, I’m going to assume that your use of the word “your” was being used to describe a collective whole since I did not indicate any opinion one way or the… Read more »
Dani California
Guest

That’s my point, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Atheists all marry, and none of them think it has anything to do with the
christian god. So why would any Christian think it’s fair to apply the rules of Christianity to them?

Jade
Guest
Is it fair not to? Is it not just as unfair to dictate what Christian’s believe marriage to be? Or to tell Christians they should not have a voice? To my knowledge, correct me if I’m wrong, Jewish people, Muslims, Buddhists at least what I’ve observed and read about, are all heterosexual marriages. Granted the Muslim “faith” allows men to have up to 4 wives and many additional sexual slaves, but I digress. BTW, our current government is not instituting a traditional definition of marriage – in fact, quite the opposite. Traditional marriage as between one man and one woman… Read more »
Dani California
Guest

I would support simply removing the goverment from marriage at all… marriage should be a purely social agreement. That way the Christians could keep their definition and gays could have theirs… everyone’s happy, and no one is being treated unfairly by the law.

Jade
Guest

I can agree with that. That’s the beauty of the US, everyone has the God-given right to make their own choices and the right to religious freedom. I will add, that Government needs to get out of a LOT of things they’ve gotten into that regulates daily lives and decisions of it’s citizens.

Dani California
Guest

Amen lol

ted j
Guest

you are wrong about the Jews…. they do worship the one true God… YHWH…but that one true God established the laws for us to live by…so in saying all that… the rest don’t matter because they have not chosen the way to salvation. and in their choice will suffer the fate that God has planned for all who reject his plan of salvation..

Dani California
Guest

Everyone must decide that for themselves the goverment cannot do it for them. If you want that there’s some wonderful places on the Arabian peninsula where that’s all the rage.

Jade
Guest
Mr. West asks, “…so why are we undergoing this ‘fundamental transformation’ in America?” I say in answer, it is because Obama ran on “change”. The problem is most people who voted for him defined “change” themselves. Obama did not define what he meant by “change” – I say he knew better than to do that, because if he’d been honest about his definition of “change”, he would not have won either time. Now we are all experiencing (and complaining) about what he meant by “change”. I dare say it’s not the “change” most people thought they were voting for.
Cindy Reschke Wundrow
Guest
Cindy Reschke Wundrow

utopian socialism (noun)
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an economic system based on the premise that if capital voluntarily surrendered its ownership of the means of production to the state or the workers, unemployment and poverty would be abolished.

is this a new definition of socialism that is being taught?

bobby
Guest

all I say is always consider the source….west was dishonorably discharged (during Bush) for torturing and oppressing Iraqis who were found to be innocent civilians.He was also ostracized when he was a member of congress because of his “very extreme views”. He’s basically a right wing propagandist who even people at Fox has described as a nut-job…To all you people who blindly follow someone like west,research,research,research!

gthomson13
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West’s point is, today’s conservatism is actually classic liberalism. If you read the writings of John Locke, the father of classic liberalism and a significant influence on the founders of the United States, you will see he was concerned about the freedom of individuals and fearful of the power of government. It was the Enlightenment Period and the era of classic liberalism in which there was an awakening to the idea that all individuals are free to pursue their own economic interests with intervention by the government and leading to the common good. That ideal, as supported by today’s conservatives,… Read more »
bobby
Guest

Thank you for your thoughtful comments….west is lucky to have one such as yourself to support him. I’m sorry, I still see him as an instigator of paranonia; hatred; devisiveness.If you look at ALL of his posts, they are all meant to inflame and to anger.

CharlesSchlaff
Guest

Have you served your country , has your buddies died in your arms ?

bobby
Guest

Yes..I’ve proudly served my country…and I don’t have to justify anything to the likes of you who is so blind,you wouldn’t see a bus coming straight at you.

Peter Zolla
Guest
you didn’t serve your country. You forced yourself on your country and tried to make your country SERVE YOU. Impossible that you “serve’ with honor and distinction. you are a miserable poor excuse for either an American or even a breathing creature. and you claim to be the one who knows what honor and integrity is all about. you make me laugh so much, you and others of your liberal ilk. a liberal doesn’t have any honor to speak of. nor integrity, because they lack a high moral code to be able to distinguish those virtues from between one or… Read more »
whatistruth
Guest

There u go again.

bobby
Guest
I will leave you people some more thoughts for you to contemplate/criticize/disparage..I really don’t care. When you have people like O’Reilly; Beck; and Hannity saying West is too extreme and a nut-job, that’s like al qaeda saying Isis is too extreme. One other very important thought: When you have a person like west (ex-military officer) disrespecting, criticizing, and tearing down The President of the United States when we are in a state of war is akin to aiding and abetting the enemy which in most people’s view is treason. west,being a military man you know this to be true..you do… Read more »
fiatlux
Guest
Indeed, the question is, who is aiding and abetting the enemy? This administration sure seems to get leaky with our national security when it suits your president’s interests: (1) White House Foley leak that the president had authorized a failed rescue mission to endangering future operations. This politicized leak hurts U.S. military clout and cuts through the fog of war to let our enemies know exactly what happened that day in the desert… future attempts to free Ameri’an hostages will be more difficult to plan and more dangerous to carry out.” (2) Obama officials leak information to the New York… Read more »
bobby
Guest
Thank you for your comments…I’m especially interstested in #4 where our Navy Seals were ambushed. What was the result of that ambush? Most of the other leaks are very typical of leaks in all administrations. Also, I credit the administration for at least trying to get our hostages even though not successful.There’s much going on behind the scenes which is only available to certain people as it should be. Let’s look at what Obama’s team has done: 1. killed Osama Bin Laden. 2. Successful in saving the refugees on the mountain in Iraq. 3. Successful in gaining control of the… Read more »
CharlesSchlaff
Guest

I will leave you with this–YOUR AN IDIOT.

bobby
Guest

Charles…is that all you got? who’s the idiot?

Peter Zolla
Guest
there is no such a thing as a ‘right-wing propagandist” –wait, unless you are of the false notion of associating “right-wing’ with hitler’s regime– after WWII by the left-wing media Hitler went from being labelled “left-wing” to “right-wing” in order to demonize the right. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mugabe, Zuma, and Obama regimes are all left-wing. the only problem today is this; as the left-wing alinksy disciples rip and tear America violently to the left –so too, does the republican party swing to the left in order to seem not as radical as the left-wingers are making them out to be–which… Read more »
CharlesSchlaff
Guest

lol–rofl–Peter —Peter hummmm—I am speechless.
No one , and I mean no one could have said it better .
Wow , well well written .

bobby
Guest

You know what’s so funny about people like you? All of your comments reflect exactly how west,you and most of the people here are in reality. Hey Peter,you’re not as smart as you think you are. BTW Le Bon’s Group Think describes you and your “group” to a T. Sadly, you don’t even know it and if you did, you’d definitely not admit it, because you don’t have any dignity or honor.

Peter Zolla
Guest

Gustav Le Bon’s group think has only been used by the most dangrous of regimes to ever surface this side of modern history. Liberals (hitler, mussolini, et al) have used this book to destroy freedom around the world. Never has anyone who loved freedom and freedom’s God used their freedom to oppress and enslave–although oppression and slavery are more pronounced in the left-wing democratic circles than they are in right-wing anti-slavery, anti-oppression, freedom loving circles. but remember, republicans are an extension, now, of the democratic party –and the democratic party is now become the Alinsky/Marxist/Communist Party USA.

CharlesSchlaff
Guest

Sadly you are a minority–that thinks he is in the majority–lol–and America is waking up—we will see you in the Fall–rofl.

Peter Zolla
Guest
the demoniacal liberals are the minority, but with all the election rigging going on in all the states you’d think they were in the majority–or at least they think they are the majority. but we also fail to understand that if Americans fail to remove these criminal tyrants from office, by ballot or otherwise, they would have completed their job as destroyers of the Constitution and of America herself–which isn’t too far down the road. If it weren’t for Great and Honorable Americans like Colonel Allen West the Freedom Loving Right Wing would have all been dissolved by now.
bobby
Guest

I went back and read some of your earlier posts…all you do is say about the same thing and it’s usually so far out there and dogmatic that you have zero credibility. I do not concern myself with people like you because what you say does not matter.What you do is make make comments in the middle of a rant then use terms such as Alinsky/Marxist/Communist to describe the democrats.All you are doing is using talking points used by so many right wing commentators to make yourself look intelligent when in actuality, you’re nothing more than a brainwashed imitator.

bobby
Guest

Charles…yes I’m in the minority in this illustrious group but if you think you’re ideaology is the majority, you are so pathetically wrong it’s actually comical.

Opinionated American
Guest

I usually don’t respond to troll post. As a normal troll that you are. You have no real opinion or statements that are relevant to the article or issues. You love these responses by showing your shallow minded intelligence. You just proved that progressives are a cancer on America and American values.

bobby
Guest
Hey opinionated one…you obviously have not read most of my posts…I’m responding not neccessarily to the suject of the post but west’s continued efforts to undermine,disrepect primarily The President.Let’s look at track records. west: disgraced from Army…forced to retire in lieu of court martial; ostracized as a congressman not only by the democrats but also by many of the republicans (including tea party members). When he was not re-elected, instead of being gracious and classy, he suggests there was voter fraud. At this point, I believe he is a man that is bitter,angry and this medium is the only outlet… Read more »
Opinionated American
Guest
I have read your posts. Alot of them come across like troll comments. To bash or demean someone’s character or distort the truth of the subject written. start with yours first. My response to you was pointing out the ignorance that did not pertain to the article written, Using the article against you. I am aware of West military record Read the public transcript. I myself would have done the same thing with the intelligence I was given to save my troops from IEDs. Have you been in combat? Hurting the country? Political correctness is doing the most damage. If… Read more »
OldNYFirefighter
Guest

He was not dishonorably discharged. He was fined $5,000 for the offense, nothing more. He has an honorable discharge & his full pension.

Earl Lee
Guest

Uh…he left the army a DISGRACE!!

sonicmoon
Guest

your lies prove you’re the propaganda peddler.

Melissa B.
Guest

It looks like you may need to do some more research yourself. West was not dishonorably discharged, he retired with full benefits after an Article 15 proceeding “following a use-of-force incident concerning an Iraqi policeman” reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_West_(politician). I found other articles stating the same information at websites like CNN, etc.

As for your comment that “He’s basically a right wing propagandist who even people at Fox has described as a nut-job” I can’t find any link to corroborate your statement. If this is accurate please provide your references.

bobby
Guest

see below for the response to your first comment. Research :Allen West; is he credible. I would like to add Melissa that now is not the time to research.You should have checked him out before you jumped on his bandwagon

Earl Lee
Guest

Allen west is so CREDIBLE that he is not running for any sort of political office?

David Langley
Guest

Who’s jumping on bandwagons? That’s for Lefties that can’t think for themselves. The man made a point, explained it, and some people are agreeing with it. You, like most Lefties, have projection issues.

bobby
Guest
Let me tell you something..I came upon this posting by West and I started reading some of the comments…I felt the need to respond because so many of you seem to just take his word for truth. I’ve been reading many of west’s posts for sometime now and everyone of them are to incite anger, paranoia and hatred.I don’t care what you people think of me or call me or whatever.At least I have the guts to confront what I believe to be half-truths; imbelished truths; out right lies and instigate the hate and stupidity as witnessed by these exchange… Read more »
William Richardson
Guest

I did and you are a leftist idiot trying to discredit a good man. I have seen your posts before and you are still an idiot. I don’t believe you can understand the research you say you have done. Being a retired military myself, you don’t know what an honorable discharge is. I know that no comments from anyone can change your stupid BS.

Earl Lee
Guest

GOOD MAN?? WHERE??

bobby
Guest

I’m ex-military also, and I know the difference between retire or court martial and honorable discharge. You’re right…no comments from people like you will never make me AH’s like you

El Laton Caliente
Guest

Wrong, he retired with an Honorable Discharge and full benefits intact. The “incident” you are talking about got the Joint Chiefs a letter from 95 Congressmen supporting Allen West.

bobby
Guest

You’re right except for the fact that he was allowed to retire in lieu of being court-martialed…far cry from an honorable disharge and for the life of me ,don’t know why he was allowed to recieve his pension…Ironically, he was thought of as an extremist and a nut-job not only by the democrats but also by many of the Republicans.

Earl Lee
Guest

You are CORRECT sir! He left the army as a disgrace!! He faced 11 years in prison….allen west did not FIGHT the charges against him! COWARD!

MV
Guest
And everything you have written is wrong – and suggests that you believe it is okay to lie and smear. You must be a racist, like most all Democrats – smearing an HONORABLY Retired LtCol, and someone who served honorably as a Congressman. Your smears are not based on facts – but lies …so I must assue that you are a racist who hates blacks who are conservative. Since LtCol West is a frequent contributor on Fox News, your claim that he is considered by Fox News as a ‘nut job’ is another of your racist smears. Your racism is… Read more »
bobby
Guest

You are so ridiculous…and so ironic that you attack me for the very reason that I’m taking fire from people like you is because west does exactly as you say. Listen EVERYONE who attacked me…I learned quite a bit from this experience and realize how otherwise intelligent people are so out there and whacked out when it comes to politics.I fear for our country because of people such as you

Johnny
Guest

What you call torture, I call merely harassment. Pray you never meet me.

bobby
Guest

What? are you resorting to physical violence…which makes sense because you are definitely a knuckle dragger…BTW ,you may NOT want to ever meet me. You are the perfect type of individual that belongs on West’s bandwagon….be very careful who you threaten AH

El Laton Caliente
Guest

Well, if a Jeffersonian classic liberal is an extremist, I’m one also. The GOPe thinks of my Representative, Louie Gohmert and my Senator Ted Cruz as both extreme, so I would say he is in good company…

triangle whip
Guest

I did said before that today’s conservatives are yesterday’s liberals..

Sharon Fairchild Johnson
Guest
Sharon Fairchild Johnson

Allen…In that case; I can join you in your declaration…ignore the uninformed or ones to busy to read your thinking…

william C
Guest

Whether you like West’s policy positions, there is a lesson to be learned from him in this article. You liberal naysayers out there, read it before you dismiss it as a conservative rant.

Kirstin 'Honsey' McLendon
Guest
Kirstin 'Honsey' McLendon

I am definitely a classical liberal, too. Thank you so much for having the courage to post this, Mr. West. I have a feeling you’ll get crucified for it.

Gracie777
Guest

EXCELLENT article, Mr. West.

Ky Belser
Guest

Very good. Thank yo col west . Please keep up the fight.

Earl Lee
Guest

Keep up the fight by posting to a blog instead of running for political office….interesting! FIGHT ON BLOG POSTER!!

Andy Martin
Guest

He’s been there, done that. How about you sluggard? What rank did you attain? What office have you held?

Bruce Edward Bessell
Guest

I do not believe any political group, Party, Government, etc. has ever read a dictionary merely spin doctoring everything to suit their own agenda.

mcrognale
Guest

What you are really saying Col West is that you are a Locke and load Liberal. Sorry couldn’t resist.

Sgtsnuffy
Guest
“Furthermore, common core was never presented as policy to be debated within the House of Representatives or Senate” It’s the same of all these regulations coming out of these so called Government Agencies. They are not debated or written in the halls of Congress and either voted up or down. They are written in back rooms beyond the eyes of the very Citizens they are aimed at. The USA is being regulated to death. Nowhere in the Constitution does it give any government agency the ability and right to make Laws besides the Congress. Every stinking regulation that has come… Read more »
Chris Cloutier
Guest

Sarge,
Ya nailed it!

Doug
Guest

COL West, I am not behind you… I am right next to you! You represent the values which we need to secure a healthy future for our country.

urbanvrwcmom
Guest
I always refer to the opposite ideology adherents as leftists. On another Liberty Alliance blog, a poster named Dominic DeFalco accused me of being a “liberal in conservatives’ clothing”. When I replied that I’m a liberal in the classic sense that Col. West states, he began attacking me. He said that my exclusive loyalty to Christ was cultish and that my not wanting to reply to him any further because of his belligerence, was proof that I’m closed-minded. A sympathetic poster said that if Dominic was truly a conservative, he wouldn’t have treated me so shamefully. Dominic, if you’re reading… Read more »
MotherBatherick
Guest

Col West, you are right about Common Core being a tool to bribe (and blackmail) states into receiving federal “financial assistance”.

People need to look into who uses these very tactics…George Soros uses this tool in the form of giving out grant money and of course, behind Common Core’s curtain is Soros’ good friends/business partners, progressive socialists Bill and Melinda Gates.

Terrence Jackson
Guest

Thank you sir, for your honesty, and your conservative assessment of our failed educational policy in AMERICA. Thank you sir for your conservative view of what’s necessary to correct the problems. Unfortunately I don’t want to wait 5 generations to correct the problem. What is my alternative?

Kirby Olson
Guest

Allen West is almost the only person who can still think in America. Thank God one thinking person is left.

jayjay27
Guest

I always believed in a nutshell that the term Conservative as we use it simply meant to conserve the founding principals of the country ie, the Declaration of Independance and the Constitution.

Earl Lee
Guest

You know what I find astonishing….the republican establishment is spending MILLIONS to defeat TEA PARTY candidates….but yet you loons continue to support the republican establishment…..explain this one to me

Andy Martin
Guest

The adults are talking libscum. You leftards need to stay out of this thread. It’s way above your pointy heads.

Lholi
Guest

I am a conservative, I vote conservative. I look at the candidate and their views. I do not believe in the liberals views or what they stand for

Wigglypoff
Guest

I constantly talk about how intelligent and direct col. West is. This is a man I could vote for, for sure.

Rob W. Case
Guest
Conservatism is rooted in logic and common sense. It is simple in principle because it’s emphasis is carried on what is more or less….right. Liberals today simply try to take away the true power of Conservatism by distorting what it really, truly is by generating disingenuous narratives, creating straw men, and finding ways to build their own appeal based on distortions and emotionally stimulating ideals. Liberalism also tries to make their “alternative” sound more like the intellectually stimulating, outgoing, and pro-people choice, when reality it is anything and everything but. The reason why it is not as popular is because… Read more »
Ognol Longo
Guest

Basically neocons are pretending to be conservatists – no different than these commie liberal freaks are pretending to be “democrats”… its hysterical theater

Steven Stewart
Guest

Hear, hear! I work in public education and could not concur more on your points regarding Common Core. I have often expressed that my “local school board” has been more than willing to sell out my children’s education in the interest of dirty money. The education of our children and the strength and health of our country depends on the diversity of the education they receive, not the commonality of it. The same think tank does not breed new ideas.

jeff
Guest

It’s good to see there’s someone who takes the term liberal seriously!

V Saxena
Guest

I stumbled on this by accident via my news app (Prismastic) and really, really appreciate the introduction to Locke. I’ve heard his name many times, but when I read his Wiki entry, I immediately get confused. I definitely learned something new today! I also appreciate the introduction to “classical liberalism”!

CharlesSchlaff
Guest

Modern or Classic ?

Denny Hall
Guest

For the several arrogant and shallow trolls on this commentary section, your father, Satan, is real proud of you. You are working hard to obscure the truth, vilify an honest and patriotic man, and finish destroying a once proud nation. You are NOT patriotic. I doubt that you ever served. Your statements of facts are convoluted while your arguments are specious and flimsy. The good people who have commented here see right through you so your claims and rebuttals are all in vain. Go ahead. Keep those lips a flapping in the breeze. Your opinions scatter in the wind.

debw777
Guest

I love the second to last paragraph. I also believe in most classical liberal values. I don’t believe the people who call themselves liberal today are liberal at all. They seek to destroy the rights of others. That isn’t really liberal at all.

William
Guest

Someone who seeks to destroy rights is not liberal, nor do they call themselves liberals. They call themselves conservatives.

CharlesSchlaff
Guest
And which rights are these ? Conservatives back law — constitutional law–conservatives back self reliance and accountability –conservatives do not twist law, they do not go around law and they do not back or smile at those that do. Now how much money have you given away from your salary to back up what you preach ? What is funny is the modern liberals are some of the richest people in the world yet they donate nothing to the communities as a whole , I am positive you wont mind donating everything you have , every dime , every piece… Read more »
Fiveseven
Guest

The 1980s called, and they want their stereotypes back.

William
Guest

No West, you are not a liberal. Modern, classical, left, libertarian or other.

War_Wolf
Guest

Hey there commie scumbag, how are ya. So who the hell are you to define this man? Certainly “classical” and “modern / left” are far from the same; the neo-libs have an intense hatred for America and her people. Last time I checked, having MORE governmental intrusion and control DOES NOT equal more freedom. Now depart from our ranks loser, you’re not welcomed here nor are you amongst friends.

CharlesSchlaff
Guest
We conservatives are really liberal like he said . What he does not approach are the facts that every Socialist , Communist and idiot has infiltrated the Democratic Party , hiding behind democratic masks to get into public office because they could not get into office as members of their own true political party. The terms slowly eroded the meaning , their thoughts and ideals after years eroded the very foundation of the term . they took liberalism to another level . People like myself saw this happening and starting in the 80’s backed by many of America’s and Foreign… Read more »
James Walker
Guest

The ideals of classical liberalism are worth conserving. The fraud of progressivism is that what they seek is not really progress. it’s a regressive slide into the old statist model. collectivism over the sovereign individual.

Steve Hill
Guest

James Foley’s siblings, or are they ?
http://youtu.be/JGcUMJ_qmFY