There is no crisis in conservatism. “Conservatism” is simply the term used to describe traditional values and practices that resulted in the American nation reaching its pinnacle. In short it celebrates individual achievement and responsibility, a code of moral behavior that builds a society based on family and respect for individual rights,and the economic freedom of productive capitalism unburdened by an overly intrusive government. What has changed is the social consensus of the nation. Instead of an emphasis on the individual, the collective takes precedent. Rules , regulations, decrees all directed by a controlling powerful government bureaucracy almost immune to to the wishes of elected officials now dominates individuals and molds their behavior and expectations. This combined with the decadence now celebrated in popular culture and practice is the “crisis” facing dwindling conservatives.
What we are, are liberals. Classical liberals. The word was taken from us just as "gay" was taken from us. Liberal used to mean advocating for the freedom of individuals, self-determinism. Now it means the tyrannical oppression of the individual. Modern liberals defile the language as surely as they defile anything else.
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