As I have written about many times before, I was raised in conservative culture. There was a time when I felt I could continue to pull values from it. I continue to believe very strongly in their mantra of personal responsibility, and that we as citizens should be the change we want to see without relying on the government to do it for us. That's why I am helping design/build sustainable residential developments. That's why I'm here on Newsvine, right now. That's why I went to college. That's why I spend as much money as I can at small businesses. Ironically, that's why I left Fundamentalism.
But I still carry the core values with me as taught by Christ:
I am so disgusted and disappointed in what conservatism has become. While I previously always felt that conservatives grossly underestimated our continuing need for governance, I respected their ideals personally and actually sought to incorporate them into my own life. I do believe that if everyone acted as conservatives wish they did, that we would need less government. Of course, that is a goal many generations away, and conservatives thought we were already there, but that didn't mean they had nothing to offer.
This latest stuff from them about the liberal media rigging elections is straight up crybaby fascism. There is no personal responsibility here. There is no love and there is no respect. The conservative movement no longer stands for anything. They do not take responsibility for themselves. It's pathetic.
Conservatives: you are LOSING this election, very badly. Take responsibility for it. Please. Stop claiming that our electoral process is rigged, stop complaining about the media. Your coffers are very deep, and they can create media outlets just like the liberals can. There is no bias against you, you are just losing a culture war, and instead of adapting with the times you are whining and complaining about it.
Conservatives have become everything their messiah preached against, and everything their liberal counterparts claimed they always were.
If you are not familiar with who the Pharisees are, please read more about them. They so aptly describe the modern day conservative movement that it's not even funny. Pharisees used to wash their hands up to their elbows, burn the law, and put the ashes into a little box. They would literally strap that box to their forehead and wear it around as a show of how close the law was to their minds.
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"He answered, "Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions." Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."
Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of everyone." Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.
Mark 2:22 - 3:6 NIV
The Pharisees of that day conspired with the Herodians. This is an often missed detail in the Gospels, and to date there isn't a ton of great information out there about who this political party was. But the gist is pretty simple. The Herodians wanted to reinstate the authority of Herod and his family and some may have believed Herod was divine. As some who love the Bible may remember, Herod the Great murdered an entire community of babies in an effort to kill Jesus, in what is popularly known as the slaughter of innocents.
Those are the lengths the Pharisees were willing to go to. Likewise, in today's political sphere, Christian Conservatives have found themselves aligned with a party that acts as a vehicle for the KKK.
Where are these conservatives today, who still actually believe in the values of Jesus Christ?