Jamie Freeze Baird
Will the real conservative movement please stand up?
By Jamie Freeze Baird
September 8, 2009

As someone who enjoys standing on the moral high ground, I worry that a flash flood of insanity will knock me into the mud. The moral high ground I stand on is conservative principles. The insanity is the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and disgruntled citizens at town hall meetings. The mud is where the line is blurred between conservatism and liberalism. I'm a good swimmer, but even I doubt that I could swim through the thick muck that conservatives have created with ludicrous attacks on Obama and other Democrats.

My father once told me that he who throws dirt loses ground. If that is the case, conservatives have lost most of their territory. Every time I visit conservative websites or turn on talk radio or popular news commentaries, I am disgusted with what conservatism has become. No longer are we the intellectual movement that embraced Barry Goldwater. No longer are we the principled movement that elected Ronald Reagan. Instead, we are the ignorant movement that harps on whether Obama has a valid birth certificate instead of his policies. Instead, we are the unprincipled movement that curses liberals like the late Ted Kennedy for his immorality while shielding Mark Sanford for his immorality.

Conservatives have embraced a brand of conservatism that makes me sick. We rally around egotistical personalities like Michael Savage and take every word he says as gospel truth. We eagerly support mentally unstable people like Glenn Beck who wrote about common sense, but has probably never read Common Sense. We blindly follow pompous, hypocritical windbags like Rush Limbaugh and even baldly say he is the face of the Republican Party. We applaud irate citizens who disrespect elected officials by threatening them, cursing them, and screaming at them. Quite frankly, we've become the tin-foil hat wearing, bomb shelter building, crazy eyed folks that we ridiculed a year ago. We've become the very thing we despised: lunatics unable to engage in intelligent discourse.

In our mad haste to recover from a resounding loss in 2008, we abandoned the principles that distinguished conservatives from liberals: reason, rationality, and independent thinking. Of course, we've been trending toward this state since the Clinton administration, but no one could have guessed how far conservatives would fall. We lost our reasoning abilities when we clung to conspiracy theories instead of doing a bit of research to discern truth. We lost our rationality when we decided to scream, rant, and rave at town hall meetings instead of calmly discussing our disagreement. We lost our independent thinking when we decided to blindly follow radio and television personalities instead of relying on our own common sense.

The current state of conservatism is broken beyond recognition. We aren't standing on what defined us: limited government; protection of life, liberty, and property; and limited spending. We are standing on: any-sized government as long as we get what we want; protection of some life, liberty, and property; and any spending as long as we spend it on things we like. And we have the audacity to accuse liberals of double standards and hypocrisy? I want my ideology back!

We are at a crossroads. We can keep going left towards the opposition, or we can go right towards the principles that defined a generation. I'm determined to claw my way back towards a conservative movement void of talking heads, talking points, and lunacy. If we want conservative principles to govern America again, we must leave ignorance, irrationality, and insanity to the liberals. Until we do this, how can we claim to be on the moral high ground? It's high time for conservatives to stop masquerading as liberals. We need to reclaim what made us great. We can change America for the better, but we will leave her in a worse condition if we continue to act like liberals. Give me change I can believe in.

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Jamie Freeze Baird

Jamie Baird received battlefield experience in the war of ideology while attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, she served as Vice President of the College Republicans and was the lone conservative opinion columnist for The Carolinian, UNCG's student newspaper. After surviving college without becoming a liberal, she graduated in 2009. Jamie received her Master of Arts in Government, with certification in Law and Public Policy from Regent University in 2011, where she was also active in the College Republicans. You can contact Jamie at jamiebaird12@gmail.com with questions, comments, rants, and snide remarks.


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