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Whatever Happened To Conservative Political Parties?

Apr 24, 2015

That there are such things as conservative political parties and politicians is not in doubt, but the quality and number of them is getting to be a worry. As an American living in Australia, let me limit my remarks to just those two countries (although what I say would be true of many Western countries).

gopWith the US election cycle now already under way, we see again the problem of RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) versus real conservatives. Recent US history has been about RINOs getting the nod for the Republican nomination for POTUS, and either losing to the Democrats, or getting in but doing little good, and even doing much damage.

As just the most recent example of this, I have to agree with Ted Cruz:

On the Senate floor a few moments ago, Ted Cruz SLAMMED the new Senate Republican majority for refusing to block Loretta Lynch’s nomination to Attorney General. He said that the Republican majority could continue to block the nomination if they wanted to and it’s something he’s urged them to do so because of her admissions to run the DOJ in a lawless fashion just like Eric Holder.

Sadly things are not much different in Australia. The Liberal Party is meant to offer conservative opposition to the leftist parties, but too often the Liberals are not very distinguishable from Labor or even Green politicians. Both at state and federal levels, Liberal policies and positions are often decidedly not very conservative.

Plenty of examples of this can be offered here. Let me present just one representative case. I was recently invited to speak to a group of Liberals, and I discussed issues such as religious freedom in general, and the war on small Christian businesses by the homosexual activists.

While some in attendance fully agreed with my concerns, some were quite antagonistic! Some were in fact fully supportive of things like homosexuality, homosexual marriage, and the attacks of religious freedom and freedom of conscience.

I was quite staggered that the very heart and soul of the Liberal party worldview – belief in freedom, limited government, the importance of small business, and so on – was treated so cavalierly and disdainfully by these Liberals. I thought I might have mistakenly been invited to a Labor party meeting instead.

These guys were obviously utterly clueless about the homosexual war on all things important and vital for a free society. They were clueless about how whenever special rights and homosexual marriage is granted, the militants simply demand more, and work even harder on limiting the freedoms of other citizens.

They really need to get their head out of the sand, or out of the lamestream media, and start becoming informed about what is really happening around the world in this regard. And they can start with a brand new article written by someone who knows what she is talking about.

I refer to Dawn Stefanowicz who was raised in a homosexual household. She has written a book about her appalling childhood which I have reviewed here: billmuehlenberg.com/2009/10/25/a-review-of-out-from-under-the-impact-of-homosexual-parenting-by-dawn-stefanowicz/

In her new article she documents where Canada is heading as the militant homosexual lobby continues to push its totalitarian agenda. It is entitled, “A Warning from Canada: Same-Sex Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights”. She is worth quoting at length:

I want to warn America to expect severe erosion of First Amendment freedoms if the US Supreme Court mandates same-sex marriage. The consequences have played out in Canada for ten years now, and they are truly Orwellian in nature and scope.
In Canada, freedoms of speech, press, religion, and association have suffered greatly due to government pressure. The debate over same-sex marriage that is taking place in the United States could not legally exist in Canada today. Because of legal restrictions on speech, if you say or write anything considered “homophobic” (including, by definition, anything questioning same-sex marriage), you could face discipline, termination of employment, or prosecution by the government.
Why do police prosecute speech under the guise of eliminating “hate speech” when there are existing legal remedies and criminal protections against slander, defamation, threats, and assault that equally apply to all Americans? Hate-crime-like policies using the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” create unequal protections in law, whereby protected groups receive more legal protection than other groups.
Having witnessed how mob hysteria in Indiana caused the legislature to back-track on a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, many Americans are beginning to understand that some activists on the Left want to usher in state control over every institution and freedom. In this scheme, personal autonomy and freedom of expression become nothing more than pipe dreams, and children become commodified….
In Canada, it is considered discriminatory to say that marriage is between a man and a woman or that every child should know and be raised by his or her biological married parents. It is not just politically incorrect in Canada to say so; you can be saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, fined, and forced to take sensitivity training.
Anyone who is offended by something you have said or written can make a complaint to the Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals. In Canada, these organizations police speech, penalizing citizens for any expression deemed in opposition to particular sexual behaviors or protected groups identified under “sexual orientation.” It takes only one complaint against a person to be brought before the tribunal, costing the defendant tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. The commissions have the power to enter private residences and remove all items pertinent to their investigations, checking for hate speech.
The plaintiff making the complaint has his legal fees completely paid for by the government. Not so the defendant. Even if the defendant is found innocent, he cannot recover his legal costs. If he is found guilty, he must pay fines to the person(s) who brought forth the complaint.
If your beliefs, values, and political opinions are different from the state’s, you risk losing your professional license, job, or business, and even your children. Look no further than the Lev Tahor Sect, an Orthodox Jewish sect. Many members, who had been involved in a bitter custody battle with child protection services, began leaving Chatham, Ontario, for Guatemala in March 2014, to escape prosecution for their religious faith, which conflicted with the Province’s guidelines for religious education. Of the two hundred sect members, only half a dozen families remain in Chatham.
Parents can expect state interference when it comes to moral values, parenting, and education—and not just in school. The state has access into your home to supervise you as the parent, to judge your suitability. And if the state doesn’t like what you are teaching your children, the state will attempt to remove them from your home.
Teachers cannot make comments in their social networks, write letters to editors, publicly debate, or vote according to their own conscience on their own time. They can be disciplined or lose any chance of tenure. They can be required at a bureaucrat’s whim to take re-education classes or sensitivity training, or be fired for thinking politically incorrect thoughts….
An example of legally curtailed speech regarding homosexuality in Canada involves the case of Bill Whatcott, who was arrested for hate speech in April 2014 after distributing pamphlets that were critical of homosexuality. Whether or not you agree with what he says, you should be aghast at this state-sanctioned gagging. Books, DVDs, and other materials can also be confiscated at the Canadian border if the materials are deemed “hateful.”
Americans need to prepare for the same sort of surveillance-society in America if the Supreme Court rules to ban marriage as a male-female institution. It means that no matter what you believe, the government will be free to regulate your speech, your writing, your associations, and whether or not you may express your conscience. Americans also need to understand that the endgame for some in the LGBT rights movement involves centralized state power—and the end of First Amendment freedoms.

I urge all of you to read the full article. The RINOs in America and the clueless Liberals in Australia also need to read this piece. They should read my articles and books on this topic as well. Until they wake up real fast to the homosexual war on all things that we value, we will continue to lose it all.

And we will continue to lose our conservative political parties as well because of this gross ignorance of the various wars that have been launched against us.

therightscoop.com/ted-cruz-slams-republican-majority-in-the-senate-for-allowing-lynch-nomination/#ixzz3YCE869XQ
www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14899/

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13 Responses to Whatever Happened To Conservative Political Parties?

  • The superb Brendan O’Neill on the totalitarian, shut up your wrong, nature of the same-sex marriage crusade. In this case the push in Ireland:

    “The run-up to the referendum has been about as far from a fair or open debate as it’s possible to get. One side in the debate – the side that is critical of gay marriage – is demonised daily, treated virtually as heretics, almost as criminals. It’s accused of causing psychological harm, branded as ‘hate speakers’, and frequently forced to make public apologies simply for expressing its belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.”

    http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/from-ireland-to-indiana-the-spread-of-gay-marriage-groupthink/16852#.VTn8coE_7qA

  • But big fish eat little fish. At the moment it is the gays and liberal chattering classes who are taking away our freedom, but they suddenly find they are in the same boat when they start to criticize and object to groups whom they believe are more extreme than they are, such as the transsexuals and transgenders and so on and so on with other groups who are even more extreme, until complete chaos ensues. When that happens, the strong man, the tyrant, steps in and creates “normality.” Then when all these groups who have been protesting their human right to redefine reality the way they see it realize that they have been betrayed and start protesting again, they are simply lined up and shot and squashed like maggots. There is no room in a totalitarian state for anyone to be out of step with the leader, not even by a hair’s whisker or a millionth of a second.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yikPj7k2QM

    Yuri Bezmenov is worth listening too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnf0I2dQ0i0

    David Skinner UK

  • Bill —
    It’s not the Conservatives that need to get their head out of the sand, it’s Christians. We say that we believe that God’s Word is true, which means that man’s word, when it doesn’t conform to God’s Word, is false. Conservatives say they stand for the second table of God’s Law (Commandments 5-10), but do not base their beliefs upon the first table of His Law (commandments 1-4). Without that, Conservatives are no different than Liberals in that they ultimately believe in man’s word as the authority for their civil laws.
    If we expect for God to answer our prayers to save our country, yet continue to treat His divinely perfect counsel on how to live, work, play, raise and educate our children, and self-govern ourselves as irrelevant for all aspects of our lifestyle, then we are just as big of fools as our non-Christian neighbors.
    God didn’t mercifully call us into His family and Christ’s Kingdom to be whiners, He called us to be winners. But to do that we must live according to His holy rules, not our sinful rules.

  • My question is basically, how many who get into politics truly, and I mean fully believe in God? If you do not really believe in God, or only claim to believe, yet do not, you will become (James 1:8 slightly paraphrased) a double minded man/woman unstable in all his/her ways.

    Now, if you are a person who truly believes in God, then you will be unintimidatable, unmovable, and a righteous judge.

  • Since both the ALP and the L-NP Coalition are aiming to “woo” the same block of voters – the 80% in the middle of Australia, but who almost to a wo/man will happily vote for free government money (yes, it is a myth, I know) – they will eventually hold a lot of policies in common, and will look very similar.

    In fact, almost all of that 80% bloc will be non-Christian and self-focussed, besotted with entertainment and goodies (the modern equivalents of the Roman “bread and circuses” idea).

    The only differences will be in fact superficial ones, so that the besotted can imagine themselves making realistic choices when they vote.

  • Well said. It’s already well under way here in San Diego. It’s good to know things are not falling apart but falling into place. Now more important than ever to study god’s word and share it when the opportunity presents itself, and it will.

  • Neil, I am not so sure that everyone who says they are Christian or reads their Bible is the real deal.
    I have met non- Christians, who because they are sensitive to God’s natural revelation as seen in Nature and because of a God given conscience, are more straight thinking than many church goers. But I agree, without God’s revelation we would be lost.

    David Skinner UK

  • So true Bill and the very obvious legal ramifications are only the very tip of the iceberg. Most people simply don’t take anything to the obviously biased courts. People’s livelihoods are threatened everywhere and when we see situations like in the US where legal firms won’t take cases because they fear a backlash any chance of justice is removed. The whole idea of government funding for one side and not the other is obviously a method to use the court costs themselves as a penalty against the state sanctioned religious beliefs and the Labor party not only wants to do this but to hold the court cases behind closed doors so that even the reporting of the sort of injustice that happens in Canada cannot happen. They then want to hold a sort of mock public trial which must uphold the secret finding and the person involved then has to pay legal costs for that as well.

  • Even though you didn’t mention the UK, but the same thing is happening over there which is why the UKIP is growing massively because the once conservative party is no longer conservative.

  • This has concerned me for a long time. That is why I am so thankful for the Christian Democratic Party because its uncompromising stand on the unchangeable biblical principles on certain things frees us as candidates to address how to find solutions rather than spending our time redefining marriage or the right to life issues according to what we may think the majority of voters want, spending time and money on surveys finding out that public opinion which they forever chase and probably never catch up with.
    What worries me is that it appears that small businesses try to stand up for christian values while big business more and more gets on the bandwagon of homosexual rights and equality etc. I guess we are moving into a situation where only God can help us.
    Many blessings
    Ursula Bennett

  • While it seems the Liberal Party in Australia has always included ‘small-l’ liberals as well as political conservatives, historically the Nationals have been more thoroughly conservative politically. But no more, at least in NSW where some National members of the Legislative Council in particular champion very progressive social policies. Is this just a NSW phenomenon, or is it the case also in other Australian state parliaments?

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