When I explain my conservatism to people, they reply with the infamous adage “If you’re not a liberal when you’re young, you have no heart, and if you aren’t a conservative you’re brainless.” Then “Are you heartless?” My usual retort is, “No, you’re brainless!” But I recognize that illustrates their case. On reflection I offer both an apology for the ad hominem attack and an explanation for how conservatives aren’t the heartless ones; liberals are.
I’ve always thought conservatives to be parents and liberals the children. Conservatives care about liberty and G-d-given rights outlined in the constitution. We support equality of opportunity, not outcome. It’s no coincidence that the most successful countries such as Singapore, United States and Switzerland are run on these principles.They are run on capitalism, the ideology of property rights and financial liberty. Capitalism has lifted most of the modern world out of poverty.
Modern liberalism, based on equality of outcome devolves into socialism and then communism. In fact, more extreme progressives espouse the supposed virtues of communism and advocate for it. They ignore the tens of millions that have been killed by communist regimes such as China and the Soviet Union. Communism in modern times ruins once prosperous nations such as Cuba and Venezuela. The demagogues running these countries oppress the citizens and kill dissent, quite literally.
The glorification of communism arises when morality is deemed subjective. Under these circumstances people tend to choose instant gratification, which lowers productivity. When hard work and moral choices are incentivized and encouraged, people tend to make those choices. People tend to vote in candidates who support a seemingly conducive environment to instant gratification, a system where however how hard they worked they would receive the same benefits. That system is communism.
The liberal societies often have lasting consequences; the adults behave like children and the societal structure crumbles. This moral relativism leads to liberals supporting and encouraging deviant lifestyles, casual sex and drug culture, much like what teenagers seek. Conservatives encourage traditional lifestyles, that has led to a healthy family structure for time immortal. The progressive lifestyle leads to divorce and single motherhood, which is deeply destructive, both for the woman and for the children.
Progressives see conservatives as heartless in the same way a six year old might see their mother as heartless when she won’t buy her an American Girl Doll or a sixteen year old might see her father as heartless for banning her from dating a pothead. Conservatives see what is best for society similarly to how a parent would see what is best for their child.
I believe the moral relativism arises in part from the lack of a belief in a higher power. It’s no coincidence that deeply religious people tend to vote right wing. In 2016 54% of Orthodox Jews voted for Donald Trump as supposed to 13% who voted for Hillary Clinton. Evangelical Christians voted 81% for Trump to 16% for Clinton. This is likely because Republicans believe in the Constitution which lays out g-d-given inalienable rights.
The moral relativism and lack of faith are also why progressives and liberals can reinterpret the definition of life. Liberals favour abortion, seeing the baby as a clump of tissue similar to how Democrats in the 1860s saw black Americans as property instead of people while Republican president Abraham Lincoln voted to free the slaves.
The strong Republican organization, the National Rifle Association, America’s most prominent gun lobby, was initially founded to fight the racist Ku Klux Klan. Guns are an equalizer between victims and aggressors, which is why a large part of the left wants to see them taken away from citizens. They want to empower the state. A lot of them see government as g-d or their parent. It’s no coincidence that conservatives favour limited government, recognizing parent’s inherent duty to make the best, values based decisions for their particular child. Stripping parents of their autonomy is fundamentally evil as it negates individualism.
Moreover, progressives tend to side with groups that are perceived to be oppressed as supposed to groups that are truly victimized, often by the perceived oppressed groups. For an example, when Canada took in Syrian refugees, the Liberal government took in a statistically low percentage of Christian Syrians and Yazidis despite them being subjected to religious persecution on top fleeing a civil war. Yet when conservative people ask to prioritize Christians and Yazidis, they are labelled as Islamophobic bigots.
In the same vein, the Liberal prime minister marched in Toronto’s gay pride parade yet refused to condemn the persecution of gays in Chechnya and Iran. The Conservative party spoke out; we tend to speak out when basic rights are being infringed upon.
Progressives claim to be feminists. Progressive leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton frequently call themselves that. Since men and women already have equal rights in the west, progressives busy themselves focussing on micro-aggressions such as “man-splaining” (when a man explains something to a woman) and “manspreading” (when a man sits with his legs open) while ignoring the billions of women who lack basic human rights. In a large part of the Islamic world women are stoned for the “crime” of being raped, are forced to undergo female genital mutilation and are subjected to beatings and lashings. Yet progressives are silent as they draw moral equivalencies to Americans making a sexist joke. This is because leftists believe in moral relativism and see the western world as an evil colonialist power.
Progressives tend to side against who they deem colonizers, even though the groups they align with are often steeped in human rights violations stemming from evil ideologies. Progressives are willing to side with terrorist groups like Hamas against the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, Israel. It seems when you delve past the surface, liberals are the ones who support an evil ideology.
I look back at the adage “If you’re not a liberal when you’re young, you have no heart, and if you aren’t a conservative you’re brainless.” I agree that the progressive ideology of liberals is seemingly brainless regardless of age. As for the heartless aspect, the ideology of progressive liberalism is heartless once you delve past the surface. I could see why young people, who tend to be naive would gravitate towards it. I did. I was a liberal when I was young and when I learned more I became a conservative. However, at 21, a lot of people still consider me young, but I am not naive or childish and therefore – not a liberal.
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.