I was right! I have often said that I am the only conservative I know. Sure, most of my friends and acquaintances give lip service to conservatism; they really believe they are conservatives.BUT almost all of them favor retaining their own little entitlements. They want their stuff. When their personal suckling places at the government sow are in danger of drying up, they will usually vote to keep their milk flowing. That's why it is so hard to elect conservatives.
Let me give you a few examples.
- I work in a residential facility for the elderly. The average age of the residents is 86 years. Most of them consider themselves to be conservative. BUT, they get scared about losing their medicare benefits or Supplemental Security Income (which is a pure, unearned welfare handout).
- I have some close acquaintances who are conservative public school teachers. BUT, any time cuts in education expenses are an issue on the ballot, they vote liberal.
- Public employees vote to retain their pensions.
- Students vote to retain low tuition.
It goes on and on. If you are benefiting from the big fat handouts from the nanny state, you will most likely vote to keep them.
I am a constitutional conservative. I value freedom more than comfort. I want the government out of my face and out of my life. I want to work for my own paycheck and I want to keep what I earn. Furthermore, this country is in danger of economic collapse and everything in the budget needs to be trimmed back to a sustainable level. Government spending is out of control and immoral.
That's why I always vote conservative without regard for how it will affect my comfort.
And now I have been proven right. This poll proves it. So when the next election cycle is over and you wake up the next morning to find that the big government liberals have won, you only have yourself to blame.
Ralph M. Petersen; Always Right, Sometimes Wrong