I don’t know if you’re at all like me, but in this world of 24/7 news and the onslaught of political craziness, sometimes I like to take a step back and reflect on why I am a conservative.
Too often I find myself getting caught up in the moment of news, public policy, and angry progressives, and I wonder why in the world I chose politics as a career. As a conservative, you get used to being called heinous names and at times, it is completely soul-crushing.
But then I read this story and I gain my perspective again.
From The Federalist:
My neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog.
During our friendly conversation, I asked…what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, ‘If you were to be the President, what is the first thing you would do?’
She replied, ‘I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.’ Her parents beamed with pride. ‘Wow…what a worthy goal.’ I told her, ‘But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that.’ I told her.
‘What do you mean?’ she replied. So I told her, ‘You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I’ll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out and give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.’
She thought that over for a few seconds then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, ‘Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?’ I said, ‘Welcome to the Republican Party.’ Her parents aren’t speaking to me anymore.
This is the 10,000 foot view of why I am a conservative. To chase the good, true, and beautiful. To see fellow Americans pursue their own path to happiness. To help others out of homelessness and into the blessing of meaningful work. That is what I was created to do.
So to my weary friends who are fighting the good fight every day – your path in keeping the Constitution and Declaration of Independence safe will never be easy, but will be most rewarding.
Source: The Federalist