Douglas MacKinnon

First, as the Gallup poll clearly shows, by the tens of millions, conservatives exist in our country and have unbending faith in their core values. These conservatives also unashamedly believe in God, believe that the United States is a sovereign nation with clearly defined borders that must be protected, believe that the words “terrorism” or “terrorists” should not be banned and that some fanatics do mean our nation great harm, believe in the 2nd Amendment, believe that all life is sacred, and that the young men and women of our military deserve our highest praise and gratitude and should not be used by either party to score cheap and partisan political points.

These very same Americans believe in the rule of law, believe in lower taxes, fiscal and personal responsibility, believe that large segments of the entertainment industry are purposefully and systematically exposing our children to the vilest forms of smut in search of profit, and believe that teacher unions and unqualified teachers are putting themselves before the precious young minds they are charged with educating.

In short, they hold dear the very same convictions that the vast majority of the people in our nation and world consider essential to a civilized, meaningful, and secure life. Those being liberty, national security, the right to worship, less dictatorial government, and the welfare of our children. What exactly on that list do Democrats, the liberal media, or certain Republicans find objectionable?

As the President continues to overreach in his quest to push the United States into the tentacles of socialism, there is a real fear spreading across our land. But, as this poll demonstrates, along with that fear, is a growing realization that convictions matter, core beliefs matter, real experience matters, fiscal responsibility matters, and that the wisdom of our Founding Fathers matters.

Those who declare the conservative movement or the values of Ronald Reagan “over,” are denying a reality that is evident to the American people. As some ideologues put the state before the individual, or worse, their own selfish interests before all, they should know this:

Our fears shall set us free.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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