The one factor that distinguishes social conservatives from the left is a love of truth. Russell Kirk, the famous conservative writer, said it well when he stated that “…the essence of social conservatism is preservation of the ancient moral traditions of humanity.” Actually, it is more accurate to say that we preserve the “sacred realities” of humanity.
Our opponents, liberals and radical leftists, are in the business of opposing truth or, more accurately, “Obscuring the Obvious.” That there are universal truths fundamental to reality, the cultivation of a happy life, and the betterment of mankind, is a basic belief of all social conservatives. It is the world we live in, a world of reality, not of deception and illusion.
The proof of this is all around us. Conservatives, especially social conservatives, believe in something greater than themselves. They don’t consider themselves to be the centre of the universe. They believe in objective morality, and reject the notion that they can “make up” a shifting and convenient moral system that will allow them to indulge their personal fantasies at the expense of others.
They believe that both national and personal debt should be paid. Nations, families and lives run better that way. They don’t want to be dependent on an inefficiently run welfare state staffed by professional bureaucrats. They love freedom and self reliance. They respect historic traditions. They are compassionate, but at the same time reasonable, and understand that a responsible long view is the best for mankind.
Most of all, they believe in the obvious: that morality is objective, that the traditional family makes sense and has a special place, that men and women are different, (thank goodness) and that you have no right to impose your reality on others by socially shaming them or punishing them into compliance. Those are the tactics of the left, those people intent on establishing the radical and politically correct social order we now suffer under.
Our opponents work overtime to “obscure the obvious.” It is the single most terrifying part of their false agenda. For them, denying reality is a cottage industry. They consider the “big lie” essential. In fact, they depend on it, and the nightmare world they want us to live in, the one we know to be wrong, is based on denying the truth of our lives and the things that matter.
They obscure the obvious, so it is up to us to defend it. We can do no less, and we should be proud that the responsibility has fallen on us, however difficult it can be at times. It can feel overwhelming, but no great cause, no sacrifice that has preserved truth and freedom, or turned the tide for the betterment of mankind, has ever been easy. It’s not supposed to be, and however difficult this cause may be, it is one I am proud to serve.