Election 2016: Have Americans Abandoned Their Principles?

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“Across the nation, many are asking: What’s the solution?”

America is in crisis, and most people don’t know what to do about it. They are frustrated by a lack of direction and purpose. They are wary of established systems and political maneuvers. They don’t care how the problem is resolved but only that it be resolved. Across the nation, many are asking: What’s the solution?

Perhaps this question is part of the problem.

People are looking for a solution—a single solution to a multitude of problems. They want a new system to replace old systems they don’t trust anymore. Under a single banner, they want to unite a polarized people who can’t even agree on the proper use of a public bathroom. It is a time of savior politics to find the one who can find a way—any single way—to get things done, and get them done quickly.

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Such an outlook is a doomed proposition since it will never lead to unity. Under these conditions, the single solution will always be an imposed solution since it is sure to alienate some portion of the population.

It also assures the victory of the liberals. In a climate where all are clamoring for a single solution, liberals have a definite advantage. By nature and definition, the liberal is one who creates single solutions before addressing the problems. The liberal comes up with one-size-fits-all government programs financed with other people’s money that leave nothing to chance. Their programs are full of mandates that must solve all problems and violate all consciences.

If health care is a problem, for example, the liberal solution is to write a 900-page omnibus law with 155,000 codes to take care of every possible illness under a single system. If education is a problem, a total solution must be found by imposing a universal curriculum with intensive testing integrating all children into a kindergarten-through-college national database to track success. If bathroom use is a problem, simply allow everyone to use the same bathrooms and threaten to withhold federal education funds from any state that dare resist.

There is no problem so complex that it cannot be overcome by a single liberal solution backed up by judicial fiat, executive order, or legislative politicking. There are no obstacles so great that cannot be toppled by politicians intent upon pushing through such agendas. There is nothing more terrible than the wrath of a liberal whose well-intentioned total solution has been rejected. Single solutions open the dangerous doors to tyranny.


Meanwhile, faced with the desperate search for single solutions, conservatives are definitely at a disadvantage. They seem to lack imagination. The liberal establishment loves to paint the conservative solution as a nostalgic vision of the past that, when restored, will solve all problems.

The reality is quite different. By nature and definition, conservatives cannot compete with single solutions simply because they do not believe in them. True imaginative conservatives prefer to address the problems, before they address the solution. They embrace organic not artificial solutions.

According to this truly conservative vision, policy should be based on the organic nature of things. Thus, the most important step is to establish a core of guiding principles based upon this nature, which then allows people to make their own decisions and find their own solutions, in great personal freedom. There is no single conservative solution, but rather many solutions informed by a few basic principles and rules.

Once it is agreed upon what constitutes the basis of a good education, for example, the conservative leaves it to parents and the local school district to come up with solutions suited to their local circumstances. That is why conservatives always support good morals and family life, since they know this creates a climate that allows those in society to find ways to prosper. Such innovative solutions have always been embedded in the American way of life.

Because people are naturally so different, a society of organic solutions is full of richness and variety. Organic solutions define a few rules from which come thousands of refreshing systems of doing things. The liberal solution imposes a single system from which come a thousand rules and regulations. The conservative creates conditions for people to solve their own problems. The liberal creates a single program for people to perpetuate them.

The problem with the present election cycle is that principles have been abandoned. The left is arguing programs, not principles. And conservatives are now caving in on principles in the mistaken belief that their own versions of single solutions and promises might be the way to garner votes from a desperate electorate. This impoverished approach is the shortcut to ruin.

When principles are abandoned, there is nothing left to anchor society to reality and a higher law. All things and aberrations become possible. If there is to be a return to order, there must be a return to principles, moral values and imaginative solutions. “What’s the solution?” is the wrong question for our present electoral debate. A better question would be: “What must we do to restore our core principles?”

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  • Rosech Levy

    My thoughts exactly which is why as an Independent I am voting for Trump for principles to not only resolve the problems but re-emplace our values and bring real Americans back together. I have lived and worked under socialism, and what my spouse and I see in America is creeping in communism and the liberals ready to deal with the final step of the DNC’s published 1963 Communist Manifesto, on which they have slowly but surely implementing over the last several decades. Their solution is pure control of America and its citizens. Unfortunately there is a lot of garbage to be cleared and cleaned out before we can actually get our values back in force. Many of our citizens have been raised and taught under the communist steps over the last several decades and know no better unfortunately. BUT as real Americans we will prevail because we are a Republic that started with values and we will NOT allow it to end with a complete lack of values even if necessary to have the second revolution to nurture the Tree of Liberty. There is always friction in freedom and that is healthy.

  • theresa

    Who are we to vote for??? Hilary is out of the draw for us. Being part of the secret Bilderberg group is really scary –goal to make only i million people on earth with help from Planned Parenthood. Watch video, EndGame. Man is best to deal as president since he has genes for job better than woman’s.
    Trump has no control of mouth and seems to vary opinion on major problems.

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  • Cole

    The conservatives that you speak of do not have organic solutions either. Their platform is one that favors the rich and tries to squash the poor and uneducated as though they are a disease that needs to be eradicated. They view education as something that only helps the private sector and has no benefit to society as a whole. They claim to want to bring an end to abortion, but then refuse to provide help to make sure that they baby is brought to term healthy and that it’s adoption if the parents so choose can occur without a great deal of cost. Their plans to reduce the national debt go beyond sacrifice to suffering by the average American. The conservative platform claims to be prolife, yet they are strongly for the death penalty and are against any limitations to the second amendment, even though no constitutional right is an absolute.

    A constant theme I see throughout these posts is an attack on liberal viewpoints and a leaning towards the conservative points without truly criticizing those as well. Both those on the left and the right have proposed viewpoints that would cause even more serious harm. The solution is going to be a principled individual that does not come from the left or the right. I know that I say this as if it is simple which is not my intent, but the two parties seek to divide the country and pit rich against poor, educated against uneducated, this race of ppl against that race of ppl, etc. Someone that isn’t from either party would have to seek to unite those from both sides that are more likely already close to center. It is the difficulty that lies within uniting ppl from both parties that would bring on the real solutions that we need to get back to order.