Victor Davis Hanson Explains the Difference between American & European Conservatism
Jun 7, 2022 The approach to conservatism is different in America than it is in Europe. This stems from different approaches to liberty, freedom, and equality. The American tradition views personal liberty within the confines of government, seeks freedom in people’s private lives, and expects a fair shot at success due to individual merit.
"Left Wing" (powerful central government) to "Right Wing" (limited central government)
To understand a REPUBLIC, which is "rule by law," one must understand the difference between Natural Law and Political Law.
Natural Law refers to fixed standards of right and wrong that transcend all time periods and places. They are universal standards of right and wrong that are generally agreed upon by all sane people. These are laws of right and wrong found in the Ten Commandments. To a Christian, these would be seen as the laws of God that He has written on our hearts. They can be boiled down to the two following fundamental laws: (1) Do all you have agreed to do. (2) Do not encroach on other people or their property (Richard Maybury, Whatever Happened to Justice, 35-40).
Political Law is legislation passed by legislators or decreed by rulers. It may or may not be based on principles of right or wrong. Political Law often violates Natural Law.
The Founders knew: The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government!
The Political Grid!
The Administrative State: An Oligarchy
The ruling elite is the Oligarchy. America has already degraded from a Republic to a Democracy. Has it degraded further? Is America an Oligarchy?
Do we want to keep moving left on the political spectrum?
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Socialism versus Liberty
Shall we put our faith in the government? Or shall we put our faith in God?
Shall we covet what others have? Or shall we rejoice in the success of others and work toward our own personal success?
Shall we think of ourselves as victims of those who have more than we do? Or shall we focus on how we can bless others?
Shall we think of ourselves as opponents of those who are different than us? Or shall we bless - and not curse - others while rejoicing in the variety of ways God created people?
Shall we choose to be captives of a socialist ideology based in negativity and comparisons? Or shall we choose the joy of the Lord which is our strength?
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