Monday, January 18, 2010

Why I am a Republican

I have been a Republican for as long as I can remember, as at the core, I believe their values represent me best. The GOP supports conservatism, that which has endured through the years to represent our collective experience. Conservatism is more than a mere political ideology, it is a philosophy that applies to all ways of life.

Gilbert Chesterton, an English author and theologian, called tradition "the democracy of the dead." We are the heirs of a great legacy, one which has been building since before the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. We cannot be so arrogant as to disregard the institutions that preceded us, that made us.

Some call Republicans callous, others call us authoritarian – beholden to an age long gone, and best forgotten. We are neither. We are those who learn from our mistakes, and refuse to change simply for the sake of change. We are not intellectually incurious, for we are not close-minded. We simply believe, as most do, that one cannot throw away tradition on a whim. We believe in free enterprise and our country’s strong moral legacy. Ultimately, we believe in a world that will be better if we don’t forget where we came from.