One can reasonably presume how today’s Left would characterize and attack the person I am about to describe to you. Without a doubt, he would be characterized as some sort of dangerous, right-wing, tea-bagging, homophobic, Christian Neanderthal who should be maligned, attacked, marginalized, silenced, and driven from power. Character assassination has become the weapon of choice for those who so forcefully peddle the liberal/progressive ideology. It is relentlessly used to silence all those who stand in opposition to the myriad of ‘isms’ they champion as they seek to “fundamentally transform” the country and society. I sincerely doubt they would spare him.
He was the commanding General of the Army and later a two-term president. Unwavering and dedicated, he had a deep-set of personal beliefs and never faltered from his chosen path.
He called morality “a necessary spring of popular government” and while in command of the army he ordered “vice and immorality of every kind discouraged.” Accustomed to undertaking daily devotions, he ordered worship for the army every Sunday and had twenty thousand Bibles imported for the troops. He even had the audacity to state “to the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.” Can you imagine how those who worship at the altar of the ‘separation of church and state’ would react to such actions and utterances?
He was devoted and married to the same woman his entire life and appears to have never fallen for the temptation of affairs or mistresses during his marriage. His army was probably the first in history to not have a large corp of camp followers filled with harlots and trollops following in its wake. He firmly forbade looting of any kind and quickly drummed out of the army those caught engaging in sodomy.
He was a staunch defender of the right individual to keep and bear arms. He declared that “a free people ought to be armed” and never challenged or questioned the right of individuals to privately own the most advanced firearms of the day.
So who was this man who championed such principles that stand in such stark contrast to modern-day liberals and Progressives?
His name was George Washington.
Discipline, honor, principle, self-reliance, and personal responsibility were all epitomized by George Washington and are deeply valued by the conservative movement. Sobriety and modesty, as well as interest in character and morals were championed by him in both public and private. Such values are timeless and are just as important today as they were then.
The man who could have been king of a new country instead helped birth a constitutional Republic. It is our job as conservatives to protect and defend the ideals of that Republic from those who seek to dismantle it and protect and preserve the traditions and values of Western Civilization that have been passed down to us. Conservatism is no “Johnny come lately” political ideology, but one that was, in reality and in practice, championed by the Father of our country and whose roots and fundamental principles run back all the way to the very beginning of Western Civilization.
The fact is that all the various political or ideological graphs and lines, for some reason, put those who believe in small government, constitutional governance, traditional values, and free enterprise over to the “far right” of the American political spectrum and attempt to infer that it is an extreme position are fundamentally flawed. Instead, that should be the starting, middle point of the American ideological spectrum.
For that is where most of the Founders of the country including George Washington would be found. Instead, it is all ideologies and isms that champion corporatism, globalism, the mainstreaming of homosexuality, socialism, the dismantling of traditional marriage and the nuclear family unit, and disrespect for the fundamental sanctity of innocent human life that are in fact the extremes and should be portrayed as such. For they are the positions that stray from the path, morals, values, and ideals of the founding of the Republic. It is they who pose the danger to the fundamental character, ideals, and beliefs that this country was founded upon.
The man who was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen” and called the “Father of his country” even during his lifetime is one that should be emulated in many ways. Yet such a man today, in the eyes of liberalism, would be one worthy of derision and condemnation. Not all ideologies are of equal worth, and I’ll gladly stand by one practiced by George Washington, the “original, right-wing extremist.”
David Huntwork is a conservative activist, blogger, and columnist and the proud father of three daughters. The son, grandson, and great-grandson of Ministers of the Gospel he brings a unique blended background of theology and ideology to the great debates of the day. He believes that Faith, Family, and Freedom is the formula for success and the key to a good life and a healthy nation. David blogs at Constitutionclub.org. You can contact him at [email protected].