Conservative – believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : relating to or supporting political conservatism
Something I’ve been pondering for a long while especially when stumbling the internet a slew of blogs titled Conservative Pagans: Yes We Exist (which unfortunately no longer exists), that the modern stereotype by conservatives themselves is that pagans tend to be liberal. I believe that’s not an accurate assessment, I believe many pagans tend to be Libertarians or center due to our inherent knowledge of history and how the more oppressive a government becomes the more prone it is to force everyone to adhere to the regimes system of belief. However, I want to explore the idea that paganism is conservative in nature, not politically but traditionally.
What we pagans are trying to do is to revive the indigenous religions of Europe and all over the world. These were the original religions before monotheism ran amok converting those they feel were worshiping false Gods. In the attempt to revive we have brought back a majority of the practices of these old religions which is the definition of conservatism. Now we’ve pretty much done away with animal and human sacrifice due in part to Christianity and its influence, but that’s about it. We have been using texts that have survived the ages of destruction and burning as our guides into the insights of the old religions. Through this endeavor we have conserved the old religions in modern books and on the internet.
So, basically we pagans tend to be a bit conservative, but not entirely because in modern parlance conservatism is relegated to the Judeo-Christian Conservatism rather than in the sense I’m talking about. A great deal of us pagans believe in the scientific validity of evolution (which does go along with the idea that we are all birthed from the Earth like in many of our creation stories), some of us are pro-choice (or don’t care either way which I tend to swing, I don’t have uterus to make such a decision), and some of us believe in equality for all (I myself being pro-gay rights). So this swing us into a center/Libertarian grouping as opposed to full on conservatism.
Of course, this is all my own pondering and nothing more. I don’t speak for all of paganism nor wish to. I just like to throw ideas out there to other minds churning. Through civil discourse new ideas are born into the world, some good, some bad.
One looter who came out of a QuickTrip told The Washington Post that he was proud of what he was doing.
“I’m proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what’s supposed to happen when there’s injustice in your community,” DeAndre Smith told The Post.
Here we have the classic example of today’s humanity, where destroying another persons business based on the mindset that one “deserves” something and that something material somehow in some way satisfies that persons anger and pain. It’s as if that everything today, everything materialistic from the new gadgets that blink to the technicolor wonder of 3D screens tries satisfy that hole that resides in our very souls. People binge shop or eat when the daily stresses of life overwhelm them. What did our ancestors do? They prayed to the Gods, they stepped out into Natures embrace, and the most radical of all, spent with family when life became a pain. We have become arrogant, materialism creatures who post our daily lives on Facebook, as if people gave a damn. It’s that sense that we are living like celebrities with our entire lives being spewed into the faces of our “friends”. Why? Why do we feel the need to keep buying stuff we truly don’t need enlarging our personal debt not only in financial ways, but also spiritual ways. We’ve lost the connection between Nature and ourselves and with that we have also lost our connection with each other. With the almost magical wonders technology has bestowed upon us we have attuned ourselves with the cold and callous aspect of the binary code of our gadgets. We look at analog, natural things, with contempt because it isn’t perfect. We see this with the rise of the practice of injecting botulin toxins into our flesh to smooth away wrinkles for a temporary period of time or enlarge breasts with silicon bags. We are no longer human, but rather husks that shame our ancestors daily with our actions. We want more and we want it now! That’s the message of Ferguson these days. It isn’t about how we should respect each other as human beings or the plight of suburbia becoming crushed under foot by the marauding beast of poverty induced by an inept President who has an agenda that isn’t about making America better for all people. No, the message being thrown in our faces is, “Materialism makes us feel better when we’re downtrodden.” and “We want it now!” And in the greed and selfishness of the overly materialistic Ferguson looters is the drowning out of the more important aspect of all this: the death of a human being by the gun of another human being that objectified him rather than regard him as a human being. You see, when we label ourselves black, white, brown, red, yellow…etc….we become objects, not humans. Once you’re labeled you’re easily categorized aka stereotyped and with that stereotype comes the objectification of a human being. Once you see a human being as nothing more than an object and NOT as a fellow human being, a person with a huge ego backed up with powerful weaponry and a sense of authority will treat them callously like an object that can be tossed into the garbage bin.
The looters say enough is enough with police brutality? Well, I say enough is enough with the race labeling and the materialistic attitudes of our society. Once we denounce race for what it is, a barrier between us and true unity of humanity, we will see an explosive growth in innovation, peace and prosperity on this gorgeous planet of ours. Once we start respecting each other, we’ll finally get back to respecting Mother Earth for the life she has given us. Utopian, perhaps, but not unreachable. It’ll just take human beings being respectful of each other and letting go of the pride and ego that has held us back. So, what’s your excuse for not being the change you wish to see? It begins with you.
I end this with a quote from Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, because it makes sense even though it was said by a fictional character. The truth behind this statement rings louder than anything I’ve heard. We have become greedy monsters that are willing to destroying our whole world for stuff that can not possibly go with us when we pass on from this life. Look at Robin Williams, a man who had an amazing career with tons of money, but yet he suffered depression. He has proven that money and materialism is not the source of happiness. A cold and callous object like money does not identify with the human soul. It simply can not. They are absolutely incompatible.
The humans… the humans have forgotten the gods, destroyed the earth, and for what? Parking lots? Shopping malls? Greed had burned a hole in their hearts that will never be filled! They will never have enough! – Prince Nuada from Hellboy 2
These days I find politics and political ideologies to be as cold and lifeless as a dead fish sitting in a grocers display case. The eyes of political ideologies lack any sign of life and soul. There’s nothing you can find in them that is full of life anymore. It’s a stagnant morass of wannabe revolutionaries (whether it’s the wannabe American revolutionaries or the wannabe Bolshevik Revolutionaries) looking for a fight they possibly could never go through with unless they were die-hard killers. That’s why I remain and always will remain politically unlabeled and unaligned. You will see me contribute money to both Tea Party groups when the Constitution and freedom are threatened and to Socialist/Labor groups when workers rights are threatened. I believe in a perfect balance between the two in order to have a better and thriving society. I find both sides of the political spectrum are useful to the maintaining of our country. No one one side should EVER have complete and absolute control. It’s wrong and immoral. Many will disagree, but that is your right to do so and I will fight to the bloody death in order to secure that right from wannabe revolutionaries looking to establish the next Dictatorship of the Bourgeois or Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
At times I become so apathetic towards politics that I simply slip away for months without ever looking at a news website, watching Glenn Beck or even writing in this blog, but recently my girlfriend and I plan on having a child and thus has become my duty to become vigilant when it comes to politics both here in the US and abroad. As our society becomes more globalization helped along by technology it’s prudent to stay on top of current events such as the Crisis in Iraq and Common Core because the long-term ramifications for our future child will be poignant.
So what exactly do I believe? It’s better to just list my beliefs:
I believe in gay marriage
How exactly do two people of the same gender marrying affect me? It seriously doesn’t much like Brittany Spears and other celebrities who abuse the institution of marriage for their own attention whoring.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment
The right for people to own guns should always be upheld because it ensures that the government will always be afraid of it’s citizens because they can and will always be armed to the teeth. That’s how it should be, the government fearing its citizens rather than citizens being fearful of their government.
I believe in religious rights
Christians today are taking a pounding by secularists maybe for good reason, but bashing an entire religion on the merits of a few really is silly. Plus, banning things like a cross erected 5 decades ago bought and paid for by ordinary citizens is even more silly. Leave it alone, it’s a memorial to the dead. Also, a Christian business should be given the right to put their business at risk by denying patronage to gay couples. In the end, they’ll revoke their own ban due to low amount of customers patronizing their business.
I believe Common Core is evil
Common Core reduces competition between good and bad schools by leveling the playing field. It also brings with it strange ways of doing math for example. The new way of math makes it harder for parents to their duty as parents and help their children scholastically. It makes schools more dependent on the Federal government as opposed to local communities and the people who fund those schools with their tax money. Taking examples from totalitarian and failing countries is not a good way to reform our education system.
I believe in Universal Healthcare
Obamacare is the biggest foul up ever to grace our country. I believe in Universal Healthcare, but I think it needs a more 21st Century revision in order to make it work effectively without putting peoples lives at risk. It needs to take the Hippocratic Oath to the fullest extent. It doesn’t need to be the rationed out healthcare that Conservatives are afraid of. With brilliant minds and innovation we Americans could make it work better than the European brand of Universal Healthcare.
I believe in School Choice
Every parent should be able to choose what type of school their child goes to whether it’s public or private or even home schooling and have it be affordable as well. The misplaced fear in George W. Bush voucher program was nothing more than Liberals wishing to subjugate parental choice. This to me is treasonous in that Liberals are forgoing a childs future for their own political gain.
I believe in being environmentally friendly
Lets face it, no one wants dirty air, polluted waters or to have the beautiful scenery that Nature bestows upon us to be blotted out by vast concrete and asphalt strip malls and parking lots. So, it is our duty as sentient beings to want to take care of the environment and make sure no more animals go extinct because of our existence.
I don’t believe Socialism/Communism is the answer
Now, I’m sure the naysayers will be quick to point out that my support of Universal Healthcare is hypocritical, however I don’t believe so. I can accept one component of an ideology without supporting the entire ideology itself. Communism/Socialism just simply does not work when applied to the real world. It lacks factoring in the fact that it’s usurping rights from people and human nature itself.
I believe Capitalism does need to be reformed for the 21st Century
The current form of capitalism is based off the Industrial Revolution, which has long since withered away to allow the Information/Digital Revolution to flourish, so it’s without any doubt that capitalism needs to be retrofitted for our 21st Century reality. Factories and other industries are slowly but surely giving way to automation and having capitalism still holding on the ancient remains of the Industrial Revolution does nothing to help people and in fact gives the Communists/Socialists credence in their ideology that capitalism is slowly dying.
I don’t believe in amnesty for illegals
As someone who is the son of a legal immigrant from Latin America, giving amnesty and all these amenities to illegal, law-breaking immigrants is a slap in the face to those who went through the process of citizenship the legal way. If these illegals want citizenship then they need to go about it the way everyone has.
I believe in a secured border
We need to secure our border and even put up an extensive wall along our border in order to secure our nation from illegal immigration and from intrusions from Mexican drug cartels and the Mexican military.
I believe political correctness is wrong
People need to really grow a thick skin and stop being offended by every little thing that comes out. What kind of life is it to find offense at everything around you? You don’t have the right to not be offended. Welcome to reality.
I believe in a non-racist, all inclusive nationalism
I think its important that all legal American citizens regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion and political ideology to express pride in their country. Since pride in country tends to run contrary of the internationalist beliefs of most Left leaning ideologies the opposing idea is of course nationalism. Nationalism isn’t inherently racist in nature and especially with a diverse country such as America nationalism can not be racist.
I support the 10th Amendment
The idea of giving more power to the states and the people and restricting power given to the Federal government is just common sense. As we can clearly see the power lust that Federal government has is a clear and present danger to American citizens. We need to get back rights for the states to choose what is good for their state and not be bullied by the government to accept things the Federal government wants to impose like Common Core.
There’s more things I can bullet point that I support, but it tends to be a long list so this gives you an idea of why I believe in what I believe and why I have a problem simply sticking to any party line. I’m just some person stuck in the center of politics and find the Left-Right rift to be ridiculous.
Us Heathens always are against the Christians in various ways. We remember the unjust deeds they wrought upon our Heathen ancestors, but what have Christians done to us TODAY? Personally, they may try to sway me towards their beliefs by saying things like I worship fake gods, that Satan has wooed me with temptation into another religion or whatever else. However, the keyword is they SAID these things which is quite different than having a sword against your neck with a rabid armored man saying, “Convert or die!”. I make it no secret that I try my best to bridge the gap between Christians and Heathens/Pagans, because I feel it’s important to get over the past without forgetting and losing vigilance and to unite together to preserve Liberty and our Constitution.
Why are Christians important to the security of our own faith? Every freedom are like dominoes, when one falls the others follow suit. So, if Christianity falls it’s highly probable that all other faiths will fall with it. I don’t care if you don’t like their religion, but you need to understand why it’s important that when the Christian is being attacked it is our duty to history to come to their aid. Same goes for Christians, if you see other faiths being attacked unjustly it is your duty to come to their aid in order to secure the future of your religion as well. You don’t have to like us or agree with us, but you too need to see the importance of securing the right of worship for others. And I say our duty to history because what have we truly learned from the past when a new religion/belief comes in to replace the old?
Who is more of a danger these days? Is it the fundamentalist Christian or the fundamentalist Islam? I see more killings being made in the name of Islam rather than Christianity these days so it’s a no-brainer on who is a clear and present danger these days. I also see the Federal government willing to strip liberty from the masses more so than Christians these days. The combined forces of the Federal government wanting to expand its dominion over the people with Islamo-fascism wanting the same thing pose a great threat to ordinary Americans and every other human being who enjoy their freedoms.
We need to come together whether you’re Christian Jewish, Heathen, Buddhist, Muslim, Atheist, Pantheist, Agnostic, Taoist, Hindu, Pastafarian, Confucian and whatever other belief out there, because if we don’t keeping ourselves divided we’ll lose our country and our freedoms. Keeping to the divided mindset will only lead us down to the dungeons of slavery. We’ll all live on our knees licking the bootheels of our oppressors whether it’s the American Federal Government or the Islamic Fascists. No matter who it is that conquers us because we kept ourselves so thoroughly divided…We. Will. Be. Slaves! There’s no other way to put it than that. So, it’s up to us to change the course of history and swing it away from enslavement and back towards Liberty and Freedom with the Constitution as our absolute guide.
So America, what shall it be? Freedom? or… Slavery?
When the Roman Empire was in its infancy it held the policy of Romanizing immigrants into the Empire and securing the borders of the Empire to protect not only the culture of Rome but also it’s economic prosperity. The Romans knew that without cohesion in society with a common culture and especially a common language a prosperous Rome would not be a possibility. How can a society functional at all without the people having the ability to communicate properly? During the Empires waning years the policy became lax allowing unchecked immigration and not requiring the Romanization of those immigrants entering Roman society and the military. This eventually led to economic stagnation and attacks from within and without the Roman Empire causing the inevitable collapse of Roman society.
Lets explore some of the finer points of why amnesty is a bad idea with the back drop for this post being the Roman Empire.
As I’ve stated earlier that the Romans needed a common language to pervade throughout the Empire in order to secure social cohesion and economic prosperity. Once that line of communication began to dwindle the Empire began to rot from within allowing for the borders to become insecure and porous. In 21st Century America we’re starting to see the lines of communication breaking down as more illegals are allowed in and without any encouragement to learn the language of their host country. One example happened in New Jersey recently when a woman didn’t speak English was supposedly falsely arrested. The unfortunate grab here is that the blame is being placed on the police for not having a Spanish interpreter and not the other way around. In other countries, including my fathers country of Uruguay, requires you to learn the language of the host country and tends not to attend to you with bilingual signs. Out of respect for that country and for your success in that country you tend to learn the language. It’s simply common sense. Without encouragement from our coddling government newly arrived immigrants, especially illegal ones, will not bother respecting this country and its language by learning it. Instead, the government will give handouts to illegals in order to secure future votes. He who gives amnesty, gains more power.
The African-American Question
Perhaps one of the most looked over and largely ignored issue concerns the African-American community and securing of employment. Right now, all Americans are suffering from lack of jobs and one those hardest hit by the lack of jobs are African-Americans. Once amnesty is given to illegals we’ll have even less jobs because now they are virtually legal and grab any job they wish taking a huge swath of available jobs away from the African-American community. How is that fair when African-Americans by birthright are Americans will lose jobs to those who came here illegally and were rewarded for their crime with amnesty and access to jobs? It’s bad enough American companies hire migrant labor for pennies when Americans could be doing those jobs, but for the impending amnesty that will overburden the already lack of jobs is simply a crime in it’s own right. Why are most African-American organizations not rallying the African-American community against this? Why are they remaining complicit with the coming attack on the black community? Perhaps, because they are too involved with the political oligarchy that runs this country. They are in the pockets of the political elite, bought and paid for with taxpayers money. This is the bleak future African-Americans face when amnesty occurs and the organizations set up to protect them are betraying them with their deafening silence. Rally and fight it or ignore it and suffer. Your choice.
A Slap in the Face to Legal Immigrants
In 1976, my father moved here from Uruguay, South America. He knew little English, but he did his best to learn on his own. When he met my mother she began teaching him more English and learned enough to get a nice paying job as a truck driver to provide for her and me. He applied for citizenship and in 1998 became a full fledged American citizen. He did everything right when he came here. He knew that in order to survive he had to learn English like the rest of his fellow immigrants. Now, what’s happening is a continuous slap in the face to legal immigrants who went about achieving their goals in this country via the legal path. Today, the illegal path seems to be the way to get what you want with little to no effort on the part of the illegal immigrant. Once amnesty happens they’ll set for a better future than my father and other legal immigrants were ever offered. Once again the problem of how fair this is in reality comes into question. How is it fair that those who didn’t care enough to learn the language and integrate into our society are given rewards while those who integrated and learned the language are swept aside as if they didn’t matter? Why is it that those who clamor for fairness the loudest are the least fair? As this happens the government simply alienates those who have already paid more than their fair share into the system whie those who haven’t paid at all will be greatly rewarded off the blood, sweat and tears of citizens, legal immigrant and natural born. This is not what America is about.
Americans need to stop being cowards and start having a civil discussion about this issue and not allow the politicians to decide our future for us. This isn’t their choice since the only way it’ll affect them is by grabbing more votes in the future. The rest of us will suffer the consequences much more harshly such as even shallower pool of jobs for us to choose from and a lack of communication. None of the propaganda both Democrats and Republicans spew is to be believed because it’s their political future on the line, not yours. We are simply serfs to them to obey their bidding without question and to accept what putrid pile of garbage they place before us whether it’s amnesty for criminals or an already failing government healthcare plan. They never have to suffer their choices like we have to suffer. How much are we Americans willing to endure before we stand up and shout, “Enough is enough!!”? If we don’t do it soon, it will be too late. The oligarchs will win this one and we will suffer dearly for it.