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Fundamentally Christian, Radically Conservative

September 14, 2014

Originally published September 22, 2013 on CandidateClements.com

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to spend some time in conversation with a man that I have been very impressed with. I’ve come to have a lot of respect for him and his ideas. As such, I was interested in running some of my campaign ideas past him.

One of the first was my slogan “Fundamentally Christian, Radically Conservative”. We had an interesting dialogue about it and I’d like to share some of it with you because I think it bears repeating.

The first aspect of the conversation was the Christian tag. He didn’t seem to get much of a boost from it because it’s been used to death and has come to mean almost anything. After all, Ted Kennedy claimed to be a Christian and look at his politics! Or a more modern version might be BHO who claims to be a Christian and yet works to undermine all of the principles of Christianity.

I agreed with my friend about this. It is regrettable that Christian has become so watered down as to be meaningless. One need look no further than most churches, most of which couldn’t name the principles of Limited Government and support them from the Bible. It’s disappointing, but not insurmountable.

So, why put fundamentally Christian in the slogan? In a word, morality. There is a difference between good and evil, right and wrong and we should be choosing what is good and right. We haven’t been. Law is best that is grounded in morality. For a long time, our laws had such grounding, but we’ve sacrificed that for an illusion of security and a vision of utopia as defined by our liberal, progressive politicians.

Radically Conservative? That means I’m not willing to accept the status quo.  One of the principles of Limited Government is to be very slow to change what previous generations have adopted. However, when previous generations have abandoned the foundation upon which this nation was built, it is appropriate to review and evaluate those changes and accept or deny them for oneself. We are long overdue for such evaluation. EVERYTHING is on the table.

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