The title may sound a little brash, but if people are honest they’ll concede that they think their views are better. Otherwise, why would they hold them?
So why are conservative views better? They reflect a much better understanding of reality, specifically human nature (e.g., original sin) and the Law of Unintended Consequences (things don’t happen in vacuums; if you change a law then people will react to that), common sense (why should someone hire you if you can’t help them succeed?) and more.
Just a few examples . . .
Abortion: Crushing and dismembering innocent yet unwanted human beings rarely solves problems. Yes, it is unfortunate when unplanned pregnancies occur, but killing the unborn is wrong.
Liberals act as if conservatives are not compassionate towards women with crisis pregnancies, but go visit a Pregnancy Resource Center and see if it is funded, managed and staffed with conservatives or liberals. Liberal “compassion” is to use murder to pretend to solve the problem.
The right to life is a true right. Social justice begins in the womb.
Gun control: Liberals argue by anecdote that guns are bad and must be controlled. Conservatives realize that while there will be exceptions, society at large is much better off with the option of being armed against criminals and bad governments. Human nature is such that bad people and bad governments are less likely to act against potentially well-armed people. Gun violence is greater where there are more restrictions. I know from prison ministry that bad guys are similar to the rest of the population in many ways: They want maximum gain with minimum risk. Why go where people are armed when there is somewhere they are unarmed? It is foolish to think that disarming law-abiding citizens will improve crime rates.
Poverty: Conservatives want to help those who can’t help themselves, such as orphans and some widows.
Conservatives know that you get more of what you fund. Give incentives for single mothers? You get more single mothers. Give incentives to illegal aliens? You get more illegal aliens.
Anstudies show that by any measure — giving time, money or even blood donations — conservatives are more generous. They just don’t lobby Caesar to “give” your money and count it as a good deed on their part.
Sex scandals: Both sides may have them, but Republicans generally kick their perpetrators to the curb (Mark Sanford is an exception, not the rule). What about the Democrats? Barney Frank had a male prostitution ring in his home. Bill Clinton had many affairs, sex with an intern in a white house and strong accusations of rape. If Monica hadn’t saved the dress he’d still be lying. But he gets $100,000+ per speech and is still worshiped by countless Democrats. Ted Kennedy (need I say more?). The “Reverend” Jesse Jackson had adultery and used his organization’s funds to pay off a mistress. The Democrats can’t bring themselves to kick out the San Diego mayor. Anthony Weiner thinks people will overlook his continued bizarre behavior — and he may be right! And on and on.
War: Neither side likes war. Conservatives understand the simple truth of peace through strength. Bullies don’t bully kids who are bigger or better armed. It is pathetically naive to think you can live in a world without violence.
3 thoughts on “Why conservative views are better”
While I obviously agree (being a conservative) that conservative views are better, I wouldn’t argue they are better because conservatives do certain things right (though that would be evidence of the benefit of applying conservative principles) but rather because conservative principles accurately describe reality.
As you mentioned, one of those principles is human sinfulness (which exhibits itself in corruption, selfish ambition, and violence), but I think there are a few more foundational to conservatism. The first is the idea of imago dei, that humans have inherent worth via their reflection of the image of their Creator. The second is that there is an underlying moral order which if transgressed results not only in personal suffering but the degradation of society as a whole. Taken together and applied, along with a few other principles that emanate from this core (like the reality of human variety and the close connection of property and rights) these basic ideas provide unprecedented benefit to human life and institutions.
And because we are commanded as believers to love our neighbors as ourselves, we should be promoting principles that will benefit their well-being. That is why I am a conservative.
There are too many inconsistencies with liberalism to count, but this post brings to mind yet another. I don’t see anyone debating whether or not humanity has a problem. Time travel to anywhere in history and you will get the same thing: humanity has a problem… always. What I find amazing is that there are so many who see humanity as the answer to humanity’s problems. If humanity is so good, then why has it always been mired in one set of insurmountable problems or another? The solutions abortion affords are metaphorical to the solutions humanism affords: the exchanging of one set of problems for for another set. I don’t think those championing modern Utopian ideals are going to like their new set of problems very much; that is, of course, unless they find themselves on the top of the wretched heap, like Barack Obama and George Soros have, where they will live extravagant lives as they “work tirelessly”, promising all the while to one day cure humanity’s problems.
That is a great point. The solution to the problems of humanity is not more humanity, it is Jesus.