January 31, 2007

The 50-Year Failure of Conservatism

WorldNet Daily has an excellent article up (title above) about the failure of conservatives to see and stop the leftward slant of our nation. The main points of the article have a lot to do with media and education... so I thought I would share it with you all. While I don't really label myself as a Republican (certainly a conservative), I have voted for Republicans my whole life. I am very saddened by the state of our government today, however... and feel that the next time I cast a vote; it will be for someone outside both of our mainline parties. It no longer feels good to vote. Especially when one side is about killing babies and the other side is about genetically altering our food supply. Sorry for talking politics in here - that usually isn't my style (don't have time or desire for debate)... but after reading this article, I figured I would share a little tiny glimpse of my views in case you were wondering.

I believe that Christian homeschoolers are trying to succeed with the next generation where our parents failed. Here's a quote from the article - but don't stop here, go read the entire thing at the link below the title of this post:

"While Republicans were busy padding the coffers of GOP political action committees, the left spent 40 years infiltrating schools, beefing up publishing outlets and stripping God even from our houses of worship. They consolidated gains, established state and local agents through second and third parties and edged out smaller competitors. The National Education Association instituted mandatory memberships on three levels; left-leaning media powerhouses like the New York Times bought hundreds of once-independent publishing outlets. The Big Three networks snapped up cable channels. Religious oversight bodies like the liberal Episcopal Church USA gave local denominations their marching orders. And so, by default, closet Marxists won the war of sound bites among burgeoning waves of barely educated voters without the verbal and logic skills to defend critical principles of the republic.

Unsurprisingly, we are no longer a populace that rationally grapples with philosophical dilemmas. A common store of values no longer serves as a backdrop for earnest discussion. Instead, we're mired in catchphrases, oversimplifications and personality contests – in large part thanks to an education system awash in sports, rewritten history, lax discipline and faddish methodologies.

Conservatives failed to secure our schools and media from well-organized, leftist provocateurs from the 1950s on, and now it's payback time.

Had we rejected educational psychobabble; had we revamped teacher training in the universities based on what researchers actually know about learning; had we crafted real diagnostics for entering schoolchildren, American schooling today would be the best in the world instead of fourth from the bottom."

It is as plain as day that the entire problem stems from our national falling away from faith in Christ. Without God, we can do nothing short of destroying ourselves. Looks like that is what many of us are up to from the state of our nation.

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Heather said...

I'm so with you in being disgusted by both parties of late, and blogged about it myself earlier today. I'm also a conservative and believe in the responsibility of the individual. Empowering ourselves and our kids with homeschooling is key. It's such a powerful, positive, life-affirming lifestyle.
God Bless!

My Boaz's Ruth said...

I will vote for third party only in the case where both of the main party candidates are so terrible I can not consciencely vote for either.

Or when our political system changes such that third party candidates have more of a chance.

to me voting is about keeping someone out of the office as much as voting someone else in. I figure I'm never going to 100% agree (or even come close) to a candidate so maybe I ought to look more at what the alternative is if I don't get what I want.

Corey said...

The problem is one should look for medium stance on issues on not look so far on the right and the left.

Of course, there are three things when should not discuss: politics, religion and taxes.

My Boaz's Ruth said...

Corey: Medium stance is not ALWAYS the right stance. There are things I am going to be "far out" there is no compromise, for example, on murder. Should we let the people go who have only killed one person? Only molested one child? There is no sensible compromise in some issues, obviously, so saying the medium position is always the position to take is, well. False.

Sprittibee said...

Heather - yes, homeschool is cool.

My Boaz's Ruth - I agree that there are some times when you have to pick the lesser evil to prevent the worse evil... but then, sometimes I wonder if I can justify that... so I am just not sure what I will do next. I have never been one of those voters who have been "on the fence" before. It is a new kind of feeling. I am disgusted with our government at present.

Corey - I think MBR explained it neatly why I can't always take a middle-of-the-road stance. There are some things worth fighting and dying for... which is why we have the freedom of speech and way of life we have today in this country.

I agree with you that discussing those three topics should be done in moderation and with great care... and preferrably with those you know won't freak out if you disagree. ;)

;) Happy weekend, all.

Anonymous said...

You have got to get yourself a copy of Rod Dreher's book "Crunchy Cons" subtitled: How Birkenstocked Burkean's, gun-loving organic gardeners,evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, and their diverse tribe of countercultural conservatives plan to save America {or at least the Republican Party}
This is the first book I have read in a very long time that really gets it. The author is living in Texas as well.

Sprittibee said...

Holly, that book sounds great! ;) I'm all for it. Hope they really can save America.



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