First, links to the first two segments:
PART 1 .
PART 2 .
PART 4 .
Let me now re-ask/re-address the line of questioning from Part 2:
- WHAT is the common-ground that Liberals and Conservatives can via compromise agree on and then vote into policy/law? [NOTE: See Part 2 above for what both sides believe.]
- Does compromising with Liberals actually mean in real world application and results that Conservatives cave, i.e. surrender Conservative Principles?
- ARE Principles negotiable? Something to be compromised, bartered, bantied, and abandoned when “things get really bad”?
- IS there actual right and wrong? Liberals say everything is relative, negotiable, and, hence, open for compromise. Conservatives say right is right- period; wrong is wrong- period. That to get good RESULTS we must needs make decisions based on and rooted in what IS good and right. HOW can Conservatives compromise with someone who thinks that WHATEVER is just as right/good as anything else…as long as the Liberal goal is achieved?
- Liberalism is a world-view of Big-Government tyranny. Conservatism is a world-view of “Life, LIBERTY, and The Pursuit of Happiness”. WHERE, and WHY, do Conservatives then abandon Conservative Principles to compromise with someone that is wholly, and entirely opposed to their Conservative Principles?
Keep Part 2 as a point of reference and then, IF possible, show the shared common-ground that Liberals and Conservatives have.
Rather than simply say yes or no- they do or do not have common-ground- I will ask a series of questions based upon the stated beliefs of both sides, whereby letting each read, think, and decide for themselves.
- What is the COMMON-GROUND between a Leftist and a Patriot/Conservative?
- What is the COMMON-GROUND between Big Government Liberals, and Small, Restricted by The Constitution Conservatives?
- Where is the COMMON-GROUND between supporters of National Socialised Medicine (like Obama-Care, or Single-Payer), and The Constitutional-Conservative solution of getting gov. OUT of the free markets, OUT of the private sector, and encourage free market/private sector solutions?
- Where is the COMMON-GROUND between the Liberal support of gay/sodomite marriage/rights, and The Conservative’s core belief of Traditional Family Values?
- Where is the COMMON-GROUND between The Democrat Party’s daily and historic move toward Socialism and Marxism, and The Conservative’s embrace of America’s Founding Principles?
- Where is the COMMON-GROUND between The Democrat’s support and FUNDING of Abortion, euthanasia, and doctor assisted suicide, and The Conservative’s belief that LIFE is the FIRST right given to us ALL by God, and three times FIRST mentioned in America’s Founding documents, (Declaration of Independence, 5th, and 14th Amendment)?
- Where is the COMMON-GROUND between between the Democrat’s gun-grabbing, gun-registration, gun-banning principle(s), and Conservatism’s embrace and defense of 2nd Amendment rights?
- What is the COMMON-GROUND between The Democrat’s belief in Big Government authoritarianism, and the Conservative’s CORE belief that we ARE a Constitutional Republic and that government is defined and RESTRAINED by The Constitution?
- What is the COMMON-GROUND between the Liberal’s view that The Constitution is “a living document” to be interpreted and applied HOWEVER is necessary to advance Liberalism, and The Conservative’s belief that America’s Founders said what they meant and meant what they said?
- What is the COMMON-GROUND between The Democrat’s embrace of the Marxist Progressive Income Tax, tax and spending HIKES, and the Conservative’s belief in ONLY Constitutional spending, programs, and as LOW a taxation as feasible?
- Lastly, What is the COMMON-GROUND between The Democrat’s view that government, and even Globalism/world government, IS THE Solution to ALL mankind’s ills, and the Conservative’s belief that we are each responsible for our own actions, and that FIRST line of aid is to be family, then church, then LOCAL charity, then, LASTLY, local government?
What is the COMMON-GROUND between Liberals, whether Democrats or RINO/Trumpers, and US Conservatives?
For Those saying they’re pushing “only for moderates…the center” THIS is Mark Warner, a so-called “Champion” of the so-called “Moderate” view:
MARK WARNER’S VIEWS ARE:
- Support Roe v. Wade, but respect differing views. (Oct 2008)
- Protect responsible Choice. (Nov 2001)
- Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
- Keep federal funding for family planning clinics. (Mar 2017)
PRO BIG GOVERNMENT:
- Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
- Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
- Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
PRO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/CIVIL “RIGHTS”:
- Switched to supporting same-sex marriage in 2013. (Jul 2014)
- We still need affirmative action, for now. (Oct 2008)
- Let military leaders advise about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. (Oct 2008)
- Eliminated Family Rule, so unrelated couples can buy homes. (Mar 2008)
- Project Genesis: faith-based African-American home program. (Mar 2008)
- Promote minority-owned business. (Nov 2001)
- End racial profiling; more minority police. (Nov 2001)
- Extend hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Nov 2001)
- Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
- Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jul 2013)
- Let states recognize same sex marriage. (Jan 2015)
- Financial crisis stems from companies over-borrowing. (Sep 2008)
- More state contracts for minority & women-owned businesses. (Mar 2008)
- Rated 83% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
- Restrict corporate use of consumer mandatory arbitration. (Aug 2016)
- All-of-the-above approach, including pro-coal. (Jul 2014)
- Opposes drilling ANWR; but OK to drill offshore. (Sep 2008)
- Offshore drilling is acceptable but not the “silver bullet”. (Jul 2008)
- Vetoed offshore drilling ban until more laws & facts known. (Jul 2008)
- Drastically reduced emissions from VA coal power plants. (Mar 2008)
- Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
- Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
- Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
- Ebola: screen passengers on flights from West Africa. (Oct 2014)
- AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare. (Nov 2013)
- Proposed 50-governor 7-principle Medicaid reform. (Nov 2008)
- Cannot allow 47 million Americans to go without access. (Oct 2008)
- As governor, 138,000 more children covered by insurance. (Mar 2008)
- Get every eligible child health care. (Nov 2001)
- Answer seniors’ questions with “Senior Navigator”. (Jan 2001)
- Supports Virginia Health Care Foundation for under-served. (Jan 2001)
- Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
- Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
- Voted YES on expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
- Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Jul 2013)
- Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate. (Mar 2015)
PRO GOV. MEDDLING IN FREE MARKET/PRIVATE BUSINESS SECTOR:
- Bring high-tech, well-paying jobs to small towns. (Aug 2008)
- Gilmore opposed helping Tultex, despite Assembly’s support. (Jul 2008)
- No employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Mar 2008)
- Increase minimum wage; support homeless job training. (Jul 1996)
- Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
PRO “MODERATE” STANCE IS “SOLUTION”:
- End partisan gridlock; embrace common ground. (Sep 2008)
- It’s “the future v. the past” not “liberal v. conservative”. (Aug 2008)
- Replace name-calling with bipartisan management. (Jul 2008)
- Term-limited as governor in 2008. (Jun 2006)
- We can’t win presidency in only 16 blue states. (Jun 2006)
- Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
As I read Mark Warner’s “Moderate” record and stances I see a Liberal feigning to be “reasonable” and then voting with the Liberals.
He says a couple of things that sound/seem good to a Conservative, BUT they are all couched in mountains of Liberalism, and a Liberal voting record.
So, how is a “Moderate” in reality any different than a Liberal? A Liberal is more honest about their Liberalism is about the only difference there is.
Each read, think, pray and decide for yourself.
What The Heritage Foundation has to say about this:
Commitment to Principles, Not ‘Moderation’ Is the Key to Conservative Success
Liberals always seem to be suggesting ways for conservatives to get back on the right track. E.J. Dionne, for example, suggests in a new book that conservatives would be more successful if they “moderated,” abandoned many of their core ideals, and came to terms with big government.
Contrary to Dionne’s advice, conservatives understand that the way to win the electoral debate is to take a strong forward position and stick with it just as Reagan did with his 1981 tax cuts that triggered 90 months of economic growth and his Strategic Defense Initiative which forced the Soviets to abandon the arms race and agree to end the cold war at the bargaining table and not on the battlefield.
Dionne is correct that President Eisenhower presided over a period of comparative peace and prosperity in the 1950s, but his “modern” Republicanism was rejected as “a dime store New Deal” by Barry Goldwater, a prime maker of the conservative movement. What Reagan said in his first inaugural address still applies: “In this crisis, government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.”
Contrary to Dionne’s counsel, American conservatism does not need warmed-over Republicanism from the Fifties to get back on track but principled leadership committed to real health care solutions, meaningful spending cuts, tax reform that spurs economic growth and creates jobs, a strong national defense, energy independence, commonsense immigration reform, protection of human life from conception to natural death, and preservation of the traditional family.
I’ll close by quoting one of America’s Founding Fathers, “The Atlas of The Constitution”, John Adams:
“In politics the MIDDLE WAY is NO way at all.”
-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.