Thursday, May 21, 2009

Inaugural Address

This is my first post on this blog so I decided to first say a little bit about me. I was born and raised in Utah (Davis County) and from a young age was subject to the greater teachings of Rush Limbaugh via my dear ole dad. For as long as I remember my dad would sit in his office and listen to Rush and talk about the virtues of Ronald Reagan. As a grew older my political ideology began to parallel that of my father. When it came time for me pick a major in college the only area I felt passionate about was political science along with history (specifically U.S. History.) Unlike most universities, Utah State University is not a liberal institution. I learned many philosophies that helped strengthen the long-held beliefs that I had. I graduated this Spring and am looking to put my degree to use in any area where I might be able to help promote the ideals that I hold dear.

The Virtues of Conservatism

First and foremost I am a conservative for one basic reason. I believe in the individual. The most powerful asset a person can possess is their own drive and ingenuity. I feel that the intrusion of government into personal and market affairs often stifles human ingenuity by creating undesired incentives that interfered with the natural inclinations of man. I know that sounds complex but it simply means that government always, with good intentions, screws things up. Ex.Social Security, Sub-Prime Lending, the Welfare State.

Conservatism believes in the individual. We believe in the American dream that if you work hard enough for something, you WILL get it! After all this is still the land of opportunity. Our founding fathers fought to see that every American would have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The military and laws are used to preserve our lives. The Bill of Rights and Amendments to the constitution lay out our liberties. The pursuit of happiness…. Well that is where the debate lies… can the government be used create happiness? Or does its intrusion into American lives create misery?