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Conservatives Verses Republicans?

Written by | October 27th, 2009

These are truly extraordinary times, politically, in our nation…

Certainly, for many years, The Republican Party was thought to be the more conservative of the two major parties, however, over the last ten years, the conservatism in The Republican Party seems to be slipping away more, with each passing year.

Not many events prior to the failing of our financial markets, the subsequent bailouts, the recession, the election of Barack Obama, and the continued far-left agendas being considered in Washington D.C., have I seen such a collective effort for true conservatives to lay their foot down and say, enough! I must admit, I am now one of those conservatives who feel we are in a sink or swim moment in our nation, and no longer have much time to watch our great nation be compromised further into the abyss.

That being said, over the last few years, I have listened to former Speaker of The House, Newt Gingrich, articulate some great political, and economic arguments; as well as the great books, and videos he and his wife continue to churn out. In my opinion, Newt Gingrich, politically and socially, appears to be truly conservative…

Which leads to this interesting congressional race in New York State between Doug Hoffman (Independent) and Dede Scozzafava (Republican)… Admittedly, I have not really followed either candidate, nor do I know much about the policies either candidate espouses; however, the big news seems to be that such names as Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Steve Forbes are backing Doug Hoffman, as they feel he is the more conservative candidate out of the two. As a Conservative Independent myself, I am all for their support of Doug Hoffman, and completely understand their rationale for backing him as well. That being said, I have now heard two interviews where Newt Gingrich articulated the Tenth Amendment argument:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
 … which I have also found very compelling… I believe Newt Gingrich’s premise is, if we want politics to be local, then we should be letting the constituents of New York come to their own conclusions about which candidate best represents their concerns, in their communities, as well as their voice of the national stage. Indeed, Newt Gingrich, as brilliant as he is, does have a very valid point to which any constitutional conservative would certainly respect. 
As someone who also respects our Constitution, and feels as their our elected officials “desperately” need to get back to legislating in accordance to our great Constitution, I would also like to “respectfully” submit a counter-argument to Speaker Gingrich. 
If the federal government had respected our state sovereignty and Tenth Amendment rights, over the last 100 years, is it possible that we would not even be having this conversation today? In theory, Newt Gingrich is absolutely on the right side of this issue, and if we are to get back to a constitutionally respecting government, then we “must” let the local constituents be the decider’s of their elected officials; however, the problem seems to be, the federal government has encroached, and involved itself so much in state politics, and state law-making, that as a nation, and understandably, we have now become overly concerned that a person from (e.g.) New York, elected to Congress, can still profoundly influence laws that will effect several other states, in regards to domestic policies. Is that the way it should be? I don’t think so… Is that the current reality? It is indeed. 
Therefore,  in our nation’s current state, and in my opinion, there is not really a right or wrong answer. If Dede Scozzafava is elected, we may not have the most conservative candidate, but if the nation keeps involving itself in local politics, we may never get back to The Tenth Amendment and state sovereignty that many of us conservatives so desire. Therefore I will say, please use your best judgment, as I will use mine.
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