This may come as a surprise, but I’m not a conservative. One of the universities’ political science department had a political analyzer on their website (this was a couple of years ago.) I took the test. It asked a series of questions. The questions were things like, “Do you think the death penalty is justified for serious offences?”, and stuff like that.
So, I took it and I was surprised at the results. It had two axis: liberal/conservative and authoritarian/libertarian. I landed a little right of center on the liberal/conservative axis, and a little above the line on the authoritarian/libertarian scale. So, I guess you could say I’m a moderate conservative/moderate libertarian.
What does that mean?
I think Joseph Smith, Jr., summed it up well when he told a visitor to Nauvoo, “I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.”
My children are probably laughing now. I will admit, I was a bit more authoritarian as a parent. But, I’ve mellowed with age, and especially when it comes to politics. I’ve seen what authoritarian laws do to a country. It isn’t good. (By the way, the extreme of authoritarian rule has existed in modern times; Hitler was a good example.)
A country that passes a law that is over 2000 pages long, and mandates people subscribe to certain types of medial insurance is authoritarian. No doubt about it. It is extreme, liberal, authoritarianism. (Just to use a more recent example.)
Open capitalism isn’t a conservative concept. It is as libertarian as you can get. (To share an example of libertarianism.)
Tonight, the president gives his State of the Union address. And, now that you know where I fall politically, let me just state this…
Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that read, “The Buck Stops Here”. And, although the president signs or vetoes bills, the president does not pass them. It is the president’s job to enforce the law – that’s what the executive branch does. So, to place all of the countries woes on any president (past, president or future) shows a lack of understanding about how we got where we are. Sorry, Mr. Truman… the buck may stop there, but had its start else where.
That said, I do think our current president shares in the sad state of affairs we face today. After all, he was in the Senate before being elected president. As were 99 other people. Add to that the 435 in Congress, and you have 536 men and women (the +1 is the president) who got us to this point.
But, are those 536 completely to blame?
No, now take the majority of the voters in this country who placed them in power. That’s right. We have each other to blame.
I really hope that comes November this year, people have the guts to vote for someone who is not an incumbent. Every one of them has voted for a moronic law since being in power. Every one of them. (You can check www.thomas.gov to see how your representatives have voted.) That really concerns me. And, the president has signed most of the laws I call moronic. (Example: Extending the tax cuts only 2 months instead of 12 months. 100% of those voting in Congress and the Senate voted for it and the president signed it. To me, that is moronic, gang-mentality behavior.)
One final comment… When the president says we have come this far, and why stop now, I really wonder what the heck he is talking about. Most of the economic indicators say things have got worse since January 2009. So, if we’re rolling down hill, is he suggesting we keep going until we can’t get any lower?
Think about his comments.
Elizabethe and I had a wonderful evening in the temple. Enrico and Louise were called as ordinance workers. It was such a thrill to see them in the temple as workers. Life doesn’t get better than that.