Two Faces of Conservatism – Part 1 of 3
News with Views – Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall – 8/4/2013 – Two Faces of Conservatism
Marilyn Barnewall attended and writes her reports on two speakers, Governor Scott Walker and Senator Ted Cruz. This is her link to comments on Gov. Scott Walker’s speech at the Western Conservative Summit 7/26/2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Denver, attended by 2,000 people who define themselves as “Conservatives.”
I was surprised at the quality, content and efficiency – especially the size – of the Conference. The Hyatt Regency did a great job hosting the event. It was, generally speaking, one of the best conferences I’ve attended (and I’ve been to a lot of them). The 2013 version of the Summit was attended by many Conservatives from out-of-state (non-Coloradans) and if you’re looking for a great way to spend time next summer, you might want to consider starting a vacation with three days at the Western Conservative Conference and the rest of your available time enjoying the cool mountains and streams of this beautiful state. Contact the Western Conservative Conference and ask to have your name put on their mailing list.
. . . conservatism is based on three basic elements;
1) America’s founding documents (which guarantee the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and points out that the rights of the people do not come from government and that government works for the people, not the other way around);
2) Truth based on discernable facts (rather than media/political talking points and expert opinions – as in liberal scientists who, until scientific evidence of fraudulent research practices were made public, were adamant that “humans are the primary cause of global warming’); and,
3) the guarantee that the Rule of Law will dominate the social order so that all people have equal access to justice, regardless of race, color, creed, or social status. That is the basis of Conservative principles and philosophy. Democrats (not Liberals, but Democrats) who believe in these things could easily call themselves “Conservative” – and many Republicans who say they are Conservative would fail the definitional test.
. . . . there is a split within the Republican Party about the definition of “Conservative.” That “split” is, I believe, clearly exhibited by two of the speeches given at the Summit… the speeches of Governor Walker and Senator Cruz.