Fringe Abatement


In today’s society the strong desire, dare I say lust, to be outside of the mainstream, to be radical, and on the cutting edge, will eventually kill any movement that adheres to its call. As of now, the fringe of the Conservative movement is small, often exaggerated by the left, but small nonetheless. However, there is a good chance, that it could grow. There is no better time than now to make sure that we are in fact in the mainstream, that we are adhering to our principals and that we are not lowering our standards. There is a certain sanctity to the right to speak freely and petition, and that sanctity should not be tainted by irresponsibility.

As a movement we need to have standards and we need to have conviction. In everything we must tell the truth and show respect. This is all done as an insurance policy against our political counterparts, because every rhetorical or hyperbolic remark, sign, and slogan that we create can and will be used against us. How can our political counterparts use respectful, truthful and honorable material against us? They can’t, aside from trying to make us look like old fuddy-duddies or puritans, but if that’s the war they wish to wage let them engage.

This is not to say that innovation, humor and creativity should be expelled, it comments more on how we should highlight what is good about Conservatism and why it is something that we should uphold within society, while at the same time informing the public about the dangers of Progressivism.

As Conservatives we believe in societal standards and certain objective truths that we should uphold. Why then should a political movement be any different? Just because one has the right to do something, does that mean that one should abuse that right? No. We should use our political power to excoriate those who hurt the conservative movement and promote those who spotlight its value to society.

This is why it is important to be in the political mainstream. Because the minute you start to move to that place known as the fringe you start to do more harm to the movement than good. I am not saying that we must blindly go along with what ever is being said, we need to know our facts and stick to the truth.

It is great that we can freely express anger, but it is not a good idea to bring a gun to a political rally, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. It is awesome that you can point out bad things that the administration is doing, just don’t attach it to something meaningless like race or gender, leave those areas to the left, they do a good enough job of always pointing them out. Dissent is something that we should always engage in if we think that the government is overstepping its bounds, but anytime we express hate for an individual, especially our President, we are stabbing ourselves in the foot. Finally, the Biblical idea of “loving our enemies” should always be in the back of our minds. When the left decided to compare Bush to Hitler, say how they wanted him to die, and call him just about every name in the book, we were angry. Why then do some of our people do the same thing? Don’t let your anger get the best of you, think, understand, learn and engage.

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2 Responses to “Fringe Abatement”

  1. A person deserves to be free to choose the direction of his or her own life. When others try to pull that freedom away, I think it’s perfectly appropriate to overturn a few tables in the temple.

    There were no arrests at the 9/12 march. Zero. How’s that for fringe? I hope you’re not chasing after a figment of the media’s imagination. Because the mainstream media would love for it to be the case that this is an ugly, unruly mob. It’s not. Not even close. Theirs is a straw man distraction from the real issue at hand: that we have a smooth-talking jerk in the person of our president who thinks he should control us. We disagree with him. We believe we should be free.

    When the socialists aim to ruin my children’s future, I aim to ruin their political ambitions. Anger? Sure. Violence? I see no indication of that.

    • I completely agree with what you are saying. I hope you understand what I’m saying. I know that the tea party protests have all been very peaceful, that is not the point of this post. I’m just reminding everyone in the Conservative movement to be informed and engaged in a way that does not sink to the level that the left so often sinks. Realize that respectful and truthful dissent hurts far worse than that of the emotional and reckless kind. Ruin their political ambitions, make it happen, but do so in a way that is honorable.

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