The linguistic gymnastics of rationalization, legitimization, and justification seem to know no boundaries or no ends in lieu of comments made and positions taken by the current Senator. By the way, anyone that likes to study “game film” can go on YouTube to hear the various Lindsey Graham rants or Google query for the specific news releases. For example:
At the end of the day, the Republican leadership and citizens have to go inside the voting booth and cast a ballot for the candidate that they feel best reflects their Christian values, political beliefs, and ideals. I am simply asking South Carolinians to perform a “gut check”, stop rationalizing Graham’s progressive liberal positions on social issues and then (and only then) cast a vote for the person that best reflects your political beliefs and/or Christian values. If Graham is your man, have at it! Do the homework………perform the gut check……please. Be honest with yourselves!
Reagan’s vision for America was anchored in the principles of the Bible which helped frame his worldview, both in private and in public. For him, true conservatism was creating the enabling processes that allowed for maximum personal freedom and liberty, family values, life, democracy, human rights, and making sure that the free market forces of capitalism were at optimum conditions and strength. Let us now compare Reagan’s version of conservatism with those “left of center” conservatives (Lindsey Graham) who seem to want to hijack the conservative narrative for self-serving purposes.
Below are a few differences between Reagan's principles and those of Lindsey Graham.
Sanctity of Life
Reagan – He was a pro-life President who thought that Roe v. Wade should be overturned.
Graham – Lindsey Graham is a left of center Republican who says he is pro-life but does NOT think Roe v. Wade should be overturned “unless there is some good reason.”
Sanctity of Marriage
Reagan – He believed in the sanctity of marriage.
Graham – Graham will not stand up and say that the Republican platform should support an amendment to the constitution defining marriage to be between a man and a women.
Reagan – Reagan had a contempt for the environmental movement and wanted to roll back as much environmental regulation as possible, pushing control back to the states.
Graham – He supports an Obama position and wants a price on carbon. The RINOS want President Trump to admit that global warming is real and find a solution.
Supreme Court Justices
Reagan – He appointed Supreme Court Justices Scalia, O’Connor, and Kennedy.
Graham – Graham voted to confirm progressive liberal judges Sotomayor and Keagan who have an elastic and expansionist judicial interpretation of the constitution.
Reagan – President Reagan conducted himself as a public servant with the grace and ease that is befitting of a true statesman.
Graham – He is known to let his anger take over his speech and go on profanity laced tirades that does not embody the stature of a well-composed statesman.
Reagan – His economic policy was defined as one of the most conservative forms of free market capitalism ever initiated.
Graham – Lindsey Graham’s version of economic policy scores a Congressional rating of a mere 63% by the FreedomWorks organization who monitors voting records.
Reagan – President Reagan fiercely battled the Democrats when in office to chart and stake out true conservative positions on all legislative issues.
Graham – Democratic strategist Paul Harstad said that “Graham is the best future Republican ally of the administration (Obama administration) for the next two years, and in a close Senate may provide a critical vote on a number of occasions.”
In summary, the vision that our leaders have for the United States of America has a direct impact on how our culture will be shaped. The future of our children and grandchildren depend upon us. Pastor Jonathan Mayhew exclaimed, “You are assigned by Divine Providence, in the appointed order of things, the protector of unborn ages, whose fate depends on your virtue.”! We must defend the causes of freedom and liberty at every turn with values that reflect “true” conservatism.
The brand of conservatism that I am talking about is born out of an inner core of understanding and belief that does not shift with the political winds of change. Any of the alternative forms of conservatism (fake conservatism) can be spotted a mile away. We should never let left of center POLITICAL OPERATIVES re-frame what true conservatism is all about. We need change in South Carolina!
The following is a comparison of my stances on issues versus those of Lindsey Graham. I hope you will see the redefinition that needs to be made on the responsibilities of the U.S. Senator that will represent South Carolina. We can no longer let Senator Graham misrepresent us.
I will bring “Inspired Conservatism” through the principles of God’s Word
I believe in being a public servant and surrounding myself with servant leaders
I will establish a defined set of governing principles by building a recognizable brand
I believe in and will abide by term limits to nullify ties to lobbyists and other institutional bureaucratic ties
I will create a Leader’s Vision to help cast the hope of a brighter tomorrow
I believe in a statesman’s approach to governing where children and grandchildren can admire, revere, and look up to their U.S. Senator
I believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned at any/all opportunity
I am a Reagan Conservative who legislates from a political center and positions of strength
I will press for deportation of those who are in our country illegally
I will drive legislation that will help South Carolina thrive economically
I will support social issues and values that will keep the conservative distinction of SC
I will support Released Time programs, home schooling and other forms of school choice needed
Graham holds a form of conservative values that are not representative of South Carolina
Graham is a politician and professional political operative
Graham has a "non-brand" that vacillates back and forth on policy issues based on political opportunism
Graham runs on self-preservation and maintaining those same ties to lobbyists and other institutional bureaucratic ties
Graham holds a managers mentality of reacting and managing through current events
Graham is a “Fake Conservative” who legislates based on political “wind currents” and positions of weakness
Graham was a Gang of Eight member who wants to give amnesty to over 11 million illegals
He is ignoring and remaining silent on 25% import tariffs that will hurt the South Carolina economy
He wants to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ community and what they represent
Graham promotes legislation that supports his national political aspirations
Graham doesn’t know what Released Time means or represents.
Graham has a lawyerly rationalization of why Roe v. Wade should stand based on legal precedence