Conservatism is a timeless philosophy, grounded in the principles first clarified by our founders. We truly do believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All Americans should have equal opportunity for those goals but the results are up to the individual–equal opportunity won’t necessarily translate into equal results for all. We believe that the government should be a servant to the people, not the other way around. High taxes, excessive regulation and redistributionist programs enslave the people. Conservatives believe that government should not be the answer to peoples’ problems and it should also not be a hindrance as we seek our own solutions. We need to get back to the principles espoused in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
In recent years, the Republican party has diluted the Conservative message and the result is clear: elections are lost. Now that we are preparing to hand over the reins of the country to the most radical, left-wing President-elect in the history of America, Conservatives need to recognize the dire need to renew our commitment to principles. Much is made of the concept of a “big tent” Republican party. Recruiting people with Conservative values should be a priority but watering down Conservatism to make it more palatable for liberal Republicans and so-called independents has created our current problems. We should be satisfied with just having one tent, not an entire circus.
It is my goal to be a part of the reaffirmation of Conservatism. I’ll be expanding my own knowledge of history and the founding principles and sharing what I learn here on this blog. I’ll also be cataloging other illustrative blogs and commenting on current events from a Conservative perspective. I named Bold Colors Blog in honor of President Ronald Reagan. In his acceptance speech at the 1984 Republican National Convention, he said, “Four years ago we raised a banner of bold colors — no pale pastels. We proclaimed a dream of an America that would be ‘a shining city on a hill.'” Reagan was a master at articulating the fundamental optimism of Conservatism and I contend that now, more than ever, we need to share that optimism.
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