Being A Conservative Democrat
Essay by Brian Kelly
You may wonder why I am a conservative Democrat instead of a conservative Republican? The fact is that neither party is perfect for me. I am for business but not for unbridled corporate power. I am for unions but not thug tactics in the workplace and I am not for forced unionism. I think the Union leaders should have enough moxie to convince people that unions are good. If they can't do that, then what does that say about them? I think we all should hold them accountable for thuggery.
I worked for IBM for 23 years and at the time, IBM never had nor needed a union. Corporations should treat workers right and unions should be for the workers and should not be on the same team as the managers. At IBM, the founders believed that if you take care of the people, the people will take care of the business. It worked! Neither union leaders nor union thugs were ever needed at IBM. What do union leaders say about IBM?
I am pro-life and though some legislators forget this, deep down most Americans are pro-life. I do not believe in protecting smelts and trees and mushrooms and barnacles, if their protection causes harm to human beings. God made human beings with dominion over all life, and though we are assigned caretakership of this awesome responsibility, it should not mean that humans must starve or be cold or freeze in the wintertime. In many ways some of the great ambitions of the Democratic Party leaders to create an equal world, where there is no injustice, has placed human beings per se in the back seat and has elevated non-humans to a status not intended by God.
I think that protecting unborn babies is more important than protecting turtle eggs. Since it is a crime to destroy turtle eggs, it should be a crime to destroy an unborn child? Who is not pro baby? I think the Democratic party has begun to endorse philosophies that give government, rather than God, supreme power. I believe that God rules supreme above all else. When was the last time you were at a deathbed and heard the grieving family praying to the government?
Though recently I have come to like the philosophies of the Republican Party in terms of its conservative values, I do not think that corporations were meant to dominate individuals. I also think that American corporations have an obligation in exchange, for the privilege of operating in America, to care for their employees and to help do everything in their power to protect and create American jobs. If all Americans insisted that corporations behave in this manner, their behavior would change.
Republicans and many rich Democrats who may also be prominent Democrats, such as John Kerry and the Teresa Heinz company have no problem taking jobs overseas. Additionally, they have no problem trying to convince americans that they had nothing to do with it. Moving on...
The new corporate idea is to reduce the American wage to as low as possible by bringing in illegal foreign nationals to force the wages down. Neither party wants to enforce our immigration laws. Republicans want lower wages and Democrats see a huge voter pool in those who are granted amnesty. I am for safe and secure borders and I believe in an America for Americans. If foreigners can live legally within our borders according to our laws, I am for that also. What does Robert P. Casey Jr. think?
I would like to share with you information on a site that describes how to be a conservative Democrat. My philosophies for the most part fit this description. Feel free to ask Robert P. Casey Jr. to offer his thoughts on the topics from this site.
How to Be a Conservative Democrat
Contributor: By eHow Contributing Writer
Article Rating: (11 Ratings)
In politics sometimes, it seems easy to categorize a person by their party affiliation. A Republican is conservative and a Democrat is liberal. That is too limiting and shortsighted. Party affiliation does not eliminate individual thought. Defying these stereotypes is not always easy but is what democracy is based on--freedom of thought and choice.
Instructions for being a conservative Democrat
1. Step 1
Believe in small government. Small government means limiting the sprawling bureaucracy that invades people's lives and tries to tell them how to live those lives. Small government also means limiting monetary waste in government that comes with oversized government programs.
2. Step 2
Understand that there are services that the government needs to offer. While the conservative Democrat is against big government, they realize that some social programs are necessary for the country to thrive.
3. Step 3
Realize that a strong military force is a good. While curtailing government spending is prudent, it should not be at the expense of the nation's military. Even in times of peace, a strong military can be a deterrent to other aggressive countries and governments.
4. Step 4
Sympathize with the working class. A conservative democrat understands that the working class is the backbone that built this country. Conservative Democrats keep this in mind whenever taking issue with a policy or ideology.
5. Step 5
Focus on education and family values. Education and family values are an important part of the core values of the conservative Democrat. Education is what made this country a world leader and needs to be the focus of a conservative Democrats political agenda.
6. Step 6
Consider free market capitalism a positive endeavor. A conservative Democrat understands that the free market and capitalism empower the individual to make her own destiny.
For Democrats who feel as I do about life, I am clearly your Senatorial candidate for Pennsylvania and I would appreciate your vote.
Please ask Robert P. Casey Jr. what he thinks of this six step process to represent the people rather than the President.