Here in Minnesota and all over the country, there are many fractious groups who employ sleight-of-hand and trickery to con people into supporting their causes. Frequently, these groups win support by pretending to advocate for things that sound good, but don’t really support their supposed principles, a fact their actions often bear out. One of these groups is the “Standard Conservatives”.
What makes a Standard Conservative?
A Standard Conservative decries the influence of unions and their big money in electoral politics, yet ignores or even cozies up to the influence of Corporate America, a collection of VERY large businesses who owe their considerable economic clout to the very sort of government interference the Standard Conservative also claims to oppose.
A Standard Conservative will speak at length about believing in “the Second Amendment”, but constantly advocates for increased spending on the police state to “protect” us. It never once occurs to the Standard Conservative that discussions of safety and security should begin with an armed citizenry rather than an armed State. A Standard Conservative never realizes that a police state actually erodes and degrades the Second Amendment.
A Standard Conservative derides “government’s socialized medicine” day in and day out, but turns around to support increased spending on various veterans’ benefits, including VA hospitals, which constitute government’s socialized medicine. In this way, they unwittingly gave the thing they despise a foot in the door.
A Standard Conservative doesn’t want “government running peoples’ lives and telling them how to live or making their decisions”, but follows up by demanding government intervention on a whole host of social issues that don’t deal with anybody’s rights being violated. All the while, they miss the realization that in so doing, they actually enable government intervention in peoples’ lives.
All of this and more sufficiently exposes the vast hypocrisy that permeates the Right today. With all of this in mind, how can anybody be a Standard Conservative? It’s counterintuitive!