And, on this blog, we try to help outline the differences between two ideologies that have both embraced the idea of "America".
Conservatives view America as the ultimate ideal of self-governance. They look at who we are, what we've achieved, where we are today. Conservatives look at America as one large family of people striving, like any family, to make the best out of life even if we don't agree with our government. Each family member has their own interests, but they still come together to help one another as individuals. They work for change from the inside out.
Liberals view America as an unfinished portrait. They use dissent to try to "improve" America because they believe that the Founding Fathers used dissent against their government. However, the Founders were dissenting against tyranny, not just government; and I think this is where liberals get lost. While the Founders eschewed big government, liberals from as far back as T.H.Greene and Jane Addams believe that government should be the answer to all of our problems. Liberal dissent is aimed at making things "even" for everyone.
In a sense, a strong sense, liberals are the spoiled children of the American family. "Momma. Timmy has more pudding than me!", might be a common cry heard by both the spoiled child and the liberal. Have you ever seen a family where one child was the "dissenter", one who also tries to run the house?
While conservatives celebrate basic human values that have withstood the test of time and human nature from our earliest civilizations, values that have led to our successes; liberals try to install "dead end" values such as "pay for no work" welfare, moral relativism, and gay marriage (a value that has never been accepted by any civilized ideology).
On this Fourth of July it is important to understand the struggle caused by the spoiled child and the damage that self-serving dissent does to a family.
God Bless our family as we try to educate and correct the spoiled children.
"Good Men love Freedom; all others Love not Freedom, but License" - John Milton