The title says it all but I should clarify and probably in doing confuse.
I do believe America is overwhelmingly “conservative” in its thought and actions. Given a fairly loose yet fair definition I think it is pretty clear that Americans still deserve the image of slightly prudish,frugal and predictable. this isn’t to be seen as a negative in my book. I’m just saying day in and day out the Americans as a group tend to plug away and do what needs to be done.
I believe history shows that the sum of Americas actions are a positive. That’s not to say all the addends are noble,proper,or right. I think no matter what though when you total the bill the United States of America,and its unique mix of citizenry are a decided plus for the World.
American image, be it the solid Yankee,the rugged Westerner or the genteel Southerner are all good symbols. They are also very much out of touch with what way too many of us have become.This is the biggest point of this post.
We the People have allowed our government to grow at every level , at every turn. Sure we are having a new Tea Party so as to rail against the machine,but we are also still allowing the checks,subsidies and programs roll in and on.
Desiring government service without being willing to pay for it isn’t a conservative principle. Wanting to cut government down to size is very much a conservative principle,it is sadly one that even many conservatives have forgotten. The problems this nation faces are directly linked to enjoying the fruits of bureaucracy without caring what that brought.
Way too many Americans have lost the stoic or self-sufficient identity of our ancestors.We the People have become We the Entitled. This is not good for our nation. The percentage of people in the cart is now greater than the number trying to push it down the road. This is unacceptable,or at least should be.
I’m not big on the stereotypical Liberal taking point, usually in op-ed or email form where you see a list of things like highways,cops and the Post Offices and why we need and use government. This is a dishonest and superficial approach. We need a better answer. We need the right answer.