Are You an Active or a Passive Conservative?
It can seem like our entire life is lived in the shadow of Liberalism. How often we turn on the news to instead hear some Liberal announcement of how racist something is, or how wonderful it is that a random women has done something. To hear how diversity is promoted and how things once heard every other day are now regarded as politically incorrect. You go to work or school, to a family function and you hear the same clap trap and it wears on you. You think to yourself I wish I could escape from all this and then you wonder why isn't someone fighting back?
Unfortunately this isn't something new, us Conservatives have been struggling with this issue for a very long time. One answer has been to ignore it to just let it flow over us and not let it concern us. Sure it might be concerning someone else but if it isn't concerning me I'll just let it pass. That way I don't have to fight and struggle, that way I can get on with my life and enjoy my family and friends. That way I don't have others thinking bad things about me and I can concentrate on the important things in life.
Certainly family and friends are important, without question, so is your job and your relationships with others. It's too hard to fight the world all by yourself. Time and time again Conservatives have been passive, we have retreated into our private life, we give up the public arena to concentrate on our family. We can protect them we think. But our passivity does not protect them, too many Conservative parents find they have Liberal children, why? In good part because they always see the Liberal side, it was right in front of them, in school, on TV and in the cinema and their favourite celebrity told them so. When did they hear an alternative? Most parents bring up their children to be good people and our society tells them that good people are Liberal. You and I know thats not true, but let me ask you, did you always know that or did you learn it the hard way?
When we are passive and retreat into our family and jobs, we are not left alone. Liberalism follows us, it lectures us on the news, it instructs us while it says it's only entertaining us. We are not left alone and in time Liberalism catches up with us. It demands more from us, it always wants more. Maybe it's when your child comes home from school and tells you of what they learnt that you don't approve of, it might be your neighbours behavour that everyone expects you'll be cool with because it's the tolerant thing to do, even though you wonder why you must be tolerant but they do not. It might be that you have to train the foreign worker who's taking your job (as an old boss of mine had to do). It is only a matter of time until it taps you on the shoulder and demands more.
The temptation to be passive is alluring, it seems sensible and safe. But as I look around I wonder why wasn't more done to stop the rot we see all around us. Why didn't Conservatives organise, why when I was ready to do more wasn't there already something there to join? Because of the passive Conservative, so much has gone unfought. I'm guilty, or at least I have been. We must do more to meet other Conservatives, to build networks and support. We must not let the next generation, or the one after that be left with the same level of support we have now. We need more and it is up to us to do more. It would be great to change the world but it might be enough to simply change from being a passive Conservative to being an active Conservative.
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