Even outside of partisan party politics, enhanced by media megaphones, a shouting match is going on between a very few. Like many fights, most decent people are silently walking away to avoid it.
Most want the false and divisive constructs of politics to go away: Christian versus non-Christian, middle class versus others, country versus city, indigenous versus non-indigenous, bosses versus workers.
Promoting these suit the shock jocks on the right and outrage merchants on the left looking for micro audience-based sales. I find that this is leading many decent-minded conservative centrists to question their beliefs.
A modern alternative affirmation of conservatism is needed for those who have walked away from the shouting. Here’s a new one for them:
Textor’s statements are:
- We respect the continuity, strength and certainty that the rule of law and our constitution brings.
- Conservatism is about resisting gratuitous change, but not resistance for its own sake.
- Our economy must be managed according to the principles of a fair, competitive and open market, but the end point is not the economy itself but a better life.
- If you are a citizen of this country, you have equal rights and, yes, equal responsibilities to other citizens and the country.
- We will not tolerate the intolerant.
- Those who obtain the privilege of leadership; be parental in nature: respectful and aware of true needs of those under your care, but be clear and consistent in your actions.
- Work and enterprise brings dignity and the opportunity and vibrancy.
- Conservatives conserve important things.
Not a bad list.