Conservative Rules to Live by

Crossposted at The Rockefeller Republican.

There are no shortage of political thinkers out there with rules for new conservatives to live by. Most of them seem reasonable enough, so the question is, why don't Republicans and even Blue Dog Democrats run on these principles? Wouldn't a majority of Americans support them? Below is a sampling of some of the more prominent. My hope is that conservatives will rally around some formation of these in order to bring some common sense back to the playing field in 2010.

Glenn Beck's 9 Principles:

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

Rod Dreher's Crunchy Con manifesto:

1. We are conservatives who stand outside the conservative mainstream; therefore, we can see things that matter more clearly.

2. Modern conservatism has become too focused on money, power, and the accumulation of stuff, and insufficiently concerned with the content of our individual and social character.

3. Big business deserves as much skepticism as big government.

4. Culture is more important than politics and economics.

5. A conservatism that does not practice restraint, humility, and good stewardship—especially of the natural world—is not fundamentally conservative.

6. Small, Local, Old, and Particular are almost always better than Big, Global, New, and Abstract.

7. Beauty is more important than efficiency.

8. The relentlessness of media-driven pop culture deadens our senses to authentic truth, beauty, and wisdom.

9. We share Russell Kirk’s conviction that “the institution most essential to conserve is the family.”

Newt Gingrich's American Solutions Platform:

1. English should be the official language of government.

2. We want our elected leaders in Washington to focus on increasing the energy supplies of the United States and lowering the costs of gasoline and electricity.

3. The option of a single rate system should give taxpayers the convenience of filing their taxes with just a single sheet of paper.

4. Every worker should continue to have the right to a federally supervised secret ballot election when deciding whether to organize a union.

5. Keeping the reference to “One Nation Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is very important.

6. Congress should make it a crime to advocate acts of terrorism, violent conduct, or the killing of innocent people in the United States.

7. We should dramatically increase our investment in math and science education.

8. We believe that if research indicates we could build clean coal plants in the United States with no carbon emissions, it would be important to build such plants as rapidly as possible.

9. Illegal immigrants who commit felonies should be deported.

10. We support giving a large financial prize to the first company or individual who invents a new, safer way to dispose of nuclear waste products.

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