When you don't know what you stand for, you'll fall for anything.
January 15, 2010
Eureka, I Am a Conservative!
By Harold Witkov
For the longest time, average Americans were in a political stupor. But not anymore. In the past year, across this great nation of ours, an awakening has started. Individual Americans, by the droves, are experiencing their own political eureka moments and transforming into conservatives.
The famous Greek mathematician of antiquity Archimedes was once requested to determine if a solid gold wreath was indeed solid gold. According to legend, Archimedes, knowing he was not permitted to damage the wreath in any way, was at a loss. However, upon entering a bathtub and noting that the water level rose in accordance to his body mass, Archimedes deduced that he could perform a similar experiment comparing water level variations between the wreath in question and any solid gold material of the same weight. Upon realizing he had found the solution he was so desperately seeking, in what is often referred to as Archimedes' eureka moment of discovery, Archimedes forgot himself and ran home naked through the streets, bellowing, "Eureka! Eureka!" (I've found it! I've found it!)
In certain Eastern religious circles, it is believed that sometimes one must discover who he is by first discovering who he is not. I have no idea if there is anything to this school of thought, but when it comes to the world of politics, I do believe there are times when one must discover where he stands politically by first recognizing what he stands against.
Now that Barack Obama and the Democrats have taken over the presidency and both Houses, more and more Americans are starting to gag from the stench of unfettered liberalism. Horrified by out-of-control spending, a socialist agenda, and weak foreign policy, a growing number of outraged Americans have been doing some major political soul-searching.
Intuitively, they sense America has dangerously changed course, and a growing sea of citizens are now on the same page and thinking the same thoughts:
I am against the federal redistribution of wealth.
I am against entitlement politics.
I am against American czars.
I am against apology tours that denigrate the greatness of our country.
I am against tax-and-spend politics.
I am against government takeovers.
I am against amnesty citizenship for those who have entered our country illegally.
I am against the out-of-control printing of money.
I am against legislation designed to do away with free speech (Fairness Doctrine).
I am against big government.
I am against trillion-dollar government stimulus package slush funds.
I am against treating our allies like enemies and our enemies like friends.
I am against politicians who do not let us drill for oil.
I am against politicians who look the other way while Iran and North Korea develop nuclear weapons.
I am against government-run health care.
I am against health care bills that provide abortion funding.
I am against backroom deals by politicians that circumvent transparency and the Constitution.
I am against trillion-dollar deficits.
I am against high taxes.
I am against treating all people to the identical security scrutiny in airports.
I am against bills that provide special exemptions for legislators.
I am against bills that provide special privileges to certain states.
I am against those who would stifle an honest global warming debate.
I am against the federal funding of corrupt organizations like ACORN.
I am against "Miranda rights" for foreign terrorists.
I am against confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed getting a civilian trial in NY.
I am against cap-and-trade legislation and taxing carbon footprints.
I am against the closing of GITMO and the bringing of terrorists to American soil.
I am against letting the U.N. tell us how to live.
I am against a president who does not believe in American exceptionalism.
Should I go on? Is thirty enough? The list need not end.
As Americans watch how -- idea by idea and bill by bill -- Barack Obama and the Democrats are dismantling our nation through their radical liberal left agenda, more and more are realizing:
Not only am I against what Barack Obama is doing to this country, but I stand for the opposite of what he, Pelosi, and Reid stand for.
This is the point in time that these Americans start investigating the opposite of liberalism. They start formulating their own list of what they stand for:
I am for low taxes.
I am for small government.
I am for a free-market system.
I am for the Constitution.
I am for the Separation of Powers.
I am for fiscal responsibility.
I am for government accountability.
I am for supporting our allies and confronting the tyrants of the world.
I am for states' rights.
I am for a strong military.
Should I go on? This list need not end either.
While all this is taking place, these thinking Americans start switching from watching NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN to watching FOX News. They watch Cavuto, Beck, and Hannity. They start listening to Rush Limbaugh and conservative talk radio. They read Mark Levin and Sarah Palin. Now open to invigorated conservative ideas, they reinvestigate the American story. They recall how many times the United States rescued the world from tyranny. They dust off the old economics textbook and remember the lessons about free-market systems and laissez-faire. They spend a buck, buy a copy of the constitution, and start appreciating the sacrifices and insights of the Founding Fathers. They come to grips with living concepts like individual liberty, and they embrace the Bill of Rights. Then it happens: A metamorphosis takes place:
Eureka, I am a conservative!
If this has happened to you, do not be shy; you are not alone. Let your non-conservative friends, be they liberals or independents, know that you have had your political eureka moment and are now a conservative. Then get them started. Provide them with a list of what you are against concerning the present administration, followed by what you believe in...or just make a copy of this article and hand it to them.
Just warn them not to read it while they are taking a bath.