Opinion: Are Republicans conservative?

OPINION – I am not a Republican. I grew up in a Republican household in a neighborhood where most of our neighbors and friends were Republicans too, so it was easy for me to identify with their thinking. I registered Republican as soon as I could vote and my first vote was cast for Richard Nixon.

Over the decades I have become less in love with that party as I saw it evolve and begin to move away from the traditional thinking that has made this country the greatest nation on earth. The final straw was in the early to mid-2000s when the assault on this country by socialist Democrats went unanswered by the Republican Party.

As Republicans began to sound more and more like these people who are at war with our Constitution and the principles that define us, I decided to get a divorce from the Republican Party.

This was difficult for me, in part because it is the nature of conservatives to oppose change.

Republican leaders like John Boehner do not further the conservative cause. Boehner acts like a curmudgeon who doesn’t have a solution to any of our nation’s problems in his brain. He is a naysayer and has to be pulled dragging and screaming to introduce votes that are conservative.

As a republic, the supreme power rests in all the citizens entitled to vote (the electorate) and is exercised by representatives elected by them and they are responsible to the electorate. How does Boehner stay in office?

I see a pattern of aloof behavior by top leaders in the Republican Party and the socialist Democrats. Clearly they have little respect for the nature of this republic and its citizens. As the opposition party, the Republican inaction is deafening. There are a few exceptions to this like Utah’s Jason Chaffetz and Mike Lee.

I adopted Utah in 1980 and the skiing vacation that led to that was a blessing! While I am probably prejudiced, I think our state upholds conservative values better than any other. These two congressmen do carry out their responsibility to the citizens of Utah and it always makes me proud when I see them on television intelligently expressing our conservative views.

The Grand Old Party was established in 1854 to oppose the extension of slavery. Yet today’s leaders shamefully allow the socialist Democrats to create the false narrative that Republicans want to keep blacks in their place. Psychologists have a name for this. They call it projection; it means the act of describing another party by what you feel guilty of doing yourself, in this case the Republican Party. Because Republicans have not defended themselves, it is simply taken for granted that they are against black America.

Republicans don’t realize that they are at war. Democrats began their war as they began to infiltrate our school systems with their socialist views. Their effect was not immediate, but over time we all can see clearly the huge mistake we made by not fighting back in the beginning.

In the ‘50s, every morning my classmates and I said the Pledge of Allegiance in class together. (We were proud to say “One Nation under God.”) By allowing Democrats to change how we teach and what we teach, they have gradually brainwashed our children. From global warming to the Founding Fathers, they have lied about our climate and rewritten history. But where are the Republican voices that should have spoken up then? Truth be known, we are all guilty of being polite and not resisting those “crazy” people. So we all share responsibility for what we have today.

The Trojan horse entered our precious schools where the future of our nation rested.

And today it continues to undermine higher education where too many of the professors have been radicalized by socialist Democrats. Now many of our most esteemed universities are graduating a future generation of citizens who hate this country, hate our Constitution and the exceptional nature of this country and its place in the world.

We have a president who apologizes for the way we have “mistreated the world and taken advantage of it.” Tell that to concentration camp survivors. Ask the people of Europe what their lives today would be like without the commitment of our parents to fight and to give their lives for them, their family and their children. We cannot allow the sacrifice that the fighting men and women of this country have freely given and continue to give to be diminished by those adversaries who are at war with this country!

Are Republicans conservative? Actually I think it depends on your perspective. I think you probably know my point of view, but what would Democrats say? Most I think will say that Republicans are conservative, stuck in the past, honoring and believing in out-of-date founding documents that have no purpose for our country today.

I am an optimist. I never will lose sight of the possibility that we can return to the values and traditions that have created this great nation.

Next Tuesday, Nov. 4, we all have another opportunity to exercise our rights under this sacred republic. I hope that you will join me in reaching out to family and friends here and around this great country and remind them of their obligation to vote their conscience. Remind them not to assume the tide will begin to change without them. Every vote is important and it is my wish and hope that God will continue to bless America as we begin to reverse our destructive path.

Written by Bob Ural.

Bob Ural is a developing columnist with St. George News. The opinions stated in this article are his and may not be representative of St. George News.

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  • Bender October 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Had you been reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in class 10 year earlier, Mr. Ural, you would not have acknowledged The Almighty in your recitation. Was that earlier version of the pledge less virtuous? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance#Addition_of_.22under_God.22

  • Ron October 31, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Soooo sick of this nonsense about teachers brainwashing their students. I was a teacher. I could barely get my students to do their homework, much less change their value system, religious beliefs, and politics as a result of my “influence.” Furthermore, my colleagues came from all over the political spectrum–Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and probably more. I served on numerous hiring committees. Never, never, never did a candidate’s politics play a role in our hiring decisions. In fact, I don’t recall any situation where we even KNEW a candidate’s political affiliation. So if you don’t like where younger people are coming from today, look for someone else to blame. In fact, you might start by looking in the mirror.

  • Bender October 31, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I’m no fan of John Boehner, but he’s in a tight spot. Caught between the need to actually govern and the demands of the looney Tea Party members in the House. A majority of the country does not share your extreme conservative views Mr. Ural and that’s reflected in the makeup of the House of Representatives. It’s easy to snipe at Boehner from your keyboard. The Speaker of the House has to govern, your only responsibility seems to be the act of self pleasuring.

  • Just Saying October 31, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I have never heard it said better. I too, have always considered myself a republican. I finally have realized that not all republicans are conservative anymore. Today I am a conservative. Looking forward to more of you articles.

  • Notagain October 31, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Well written Bob. And to a point that resonates in a lot of our minds out here.
    Although I’am still a registered elephant, I do my homework and I vote independent for the most part. Lip service doesn’t do it for me.

  • tinmanfree October 31, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    If Republicans were conservative, they would not have allowed the government to morph to the size it has… and yes, that started to happen even under Ronald Reagan. A true conservative would not have allowed the 2008 bail outs, which proved to be low to no interest loans given to benefit corrupt bankers and perpetuate our bubble economy. True conservatives would not have allowed personal responsibility and courage to give way to fear and cowardice in the adoption of the Patriot Act, the NDAA and every other assault on our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Amendments. If you support the Grand Ole Party as is, you are perpetuating the lie that a Republican is somehow different than their big government counterparts over there in the left wing of the same house.

  • Burton October 31, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I could not agree more with this article. I was raised in a Christian conservative home with great work ethic and morals. The republican party I see today does not for the most part represent my beliefs or the vast majority of people I know. However I think badmouthing and working against the republican party at this point is exactly what Hillary, Billary, and Barry are counting on. So the progressives can keep control. I personally have voted for candidates in both parties and also libertarians. I vote for the person, not the party who best represents my beliefs and will take those from the local level to the federal level. I do get frustrated with the current republican party as sometimes it seems to be just a bunch of watered down democrats. But I do see some up and coming conservatives gaining ground. The problem isn’t the republican party though. Its the fact that we as a society have let our state and federal governed learning institutions at every level brain wash our youth into hating God. I am not a member of any organized religion. Just a Christian. But the stuff WE allow them to be taught in public education is appalling. I have brought up 5 children in this system and I am dumbfounded at the things they are shoving down these youths throats. So I think the problem doesn’t lie at trying an old dog with bad habits, but correcting the mentality before the seed of liberalism gets planted. I know if I were younger and had it to do over again there is NO way I would allow my children to be taught in the public indoctrination education system. As far as the democrat vs. republican party thing, I do agree that something should be done. A “constitutional conservative” party maybe or just abolish the partisan politics all together and vote for candidates on their voting record and belief systems and for the party in which they are affiliated with.

  • Burton October 31, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    And NOT for the party in which they are affiliated with.

    Just clearing that up. Sorry about that.

  • munchie October 31, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Paranoia may destroy ya! Better get back on your meds, Bob.

    • Teacher November 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      What an insightful commentary!

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP October 31, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    “The final straw was in the early to mid-2000s when the assault on this country by socialist Democrats went unanswered by the Republican Party”

    This is where I stop reading. You do know that Bush Jr was appointed by the supreme court, which in itself is a violation of the constitution. He was never elected. But as a totally uninformed person, you have no problem with that.

    Why is stgnews publishing such garbage as this piece? The site has plenty of worthy articles. It doesn’t need garbage as filler…

    • Teacher November 1, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      You don’t know much about law, “Protect the Sheep.” Bush did in fact win more votes in Florida.

  • The Rest Of The Story October 31, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    We do agree on the assessment of John Boehner; however, not on much else. You claim that your first vote cast was for Richard Nixon. I don’t know whether you mean in 1960, 1968, or 1972, but I’m amazed at what appears to be either a lack of knowledge of the Republican party of the past on your part, or just plain cognitive dissonance. Eisenhower was a pretty well-liked Republican, yet If he were running today, he would be branded a “Socialist Democrat”, and eschewed by most “conservatives”. Nixon gave us the EPA — again, something you’d expect from “Socialist Democrats”, or as they are today called “Liberals” (in an attempt to besmirch them, as though “Liberal” is something to be ashamed of). Mark Twain was right when he said, “The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them.”

  • DeKe October 31, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    from reading this article, I learned that the term “socialist democrat” has about as much meaning as “fascist republican”. meaningless jingoism at its best.

  • Big Guy November 1, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Now a contributor as far to the right as Ed Kociela is to the left. Let the games begin. Should be fun to watch…from somewhere closer to the center.

  • Liketa Laymen November 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Answer of the question no theory are not. Conservatives are governed by the laws of God. Now before you stupid people through out separation between God and state. God is the state, God inspired man to write the Declaration of Independence, if it wasn’t for God man would have NO fREEDOM. Because people are born that believe the common man should serve them. Doesn’t matter if republican or demarcate the want their kingship. As for me and my family we will serve the one and only King.

    • Bender November 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      “Conservatives are governed by the laws of God as misunderstood by weak minds and petty hearts”
      Fixed that for you LIKETA LAYMEN

    • Roy J November 3, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Ouch. Autocorrect strikes again!

  • Delong November 1, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Politicians in general are worthless. I was a republican but there are no values anywhere in politics. The truth no longer matters so I will just start voting against all incumbents.

    The “party affiliations” on the local level crack me up! Like it matters which party you claim locally in southwest Utah. Lol- what ever happened to ideas and campaigning on just doing the right thing for your community?

  • Imagery November 2, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    i too grew up in a Republican household, my great grandfather served in the state legislature as a republican. But I refuse to be a republican. When they decide to pull their heads out, I’ll think about it.

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