Conservatives Should Be Embarrassed, by Laurence M. Vance

The many differences between conservatives and libertarians, from Laurence M. Vance at lewrockwell.com:

“You do not have to be embarrassed to be conservative,” Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) said to a gathering of conservative high school students at Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “This agenda works, what we believe in works,” said Perdue.

Turning Point USA “is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on June 5, 2012 by Charlie Kirk. The organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.”

Conservatives often claim to believe in the Constitution, limited government, federalism, individual freedom, private property, traditional values, and the free market.

In practice, however, conservatives are very selective when it comes to the application of their beliefs. They don’t follow the Constitution in many areas. Their agenda is a government limited to one controlled by conservatives. They don’t accept states’ rights when it comes to certain issues. They don’t accept the freedom of individuals to do anything that’s peaceful. They don’t believe in the inviolability of private property. They think traditional values should be legislated by government. And they don’t yearn for free market in everything.

Here are ten issues where the typical listeners to Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Mark Levin, and Sean Hannity fall short just like their talk show hosts.

Taxation. Conservatives continually say that they favor lower taxes. But they view tax reform as unacceptable unless it is revenue neutral. Tax deductions, credits, and loopholes that allow some Americans to keep more of their money should be eliminated in the name of “simplifying” the tax code. “The rich” should pay their fair share via a progressive tax system. They don’t oppose taxes on principle, and they don’t view taxation as government theft. They believe that the government has a claim to a certain percentage of every American’s income. They believe that a person’s acquiring someone’s property by force is wrong, but that the same action when done by government is legitimate. And they fully support refundable tax credits, which are nothing but a form of welfare.

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