Will some one tell me why Republicans claim to be fiscal conservatives? What does that mean? Since I have been old enough to know about Balanced Budgets, it has only happened once and Bill Clinton was the guy leading the country at the time. I think we might not agree on the definitions of “if” or “relations” but we can all agree he is not Conservative. Let me hear an, Amen , sister on that one, please. Anyway, back to definitions, I got the fiscal part. The conservative part is probable the most irritating and less likely to be flattering.
I am not here to give a lecture of the professorial type, any person that needs that kind of discussion should go to an authority, many are available online and at libraries. I’d stay away from Fox Network, but that is merely because , if you want to learn something you need to go to something other than is your usual source of information or disinformation.
It probably is time for the topic to come up, explained by a Southerner who questions things often. If Conservative is as defined by Merriam Webster as:
Definition of CONSERVATIVE
ed to CONSERVATIVE
…then I don’t want to be one.
- I got some issues here that need explaining. First, Why the heck, do you want to be a “Preservative” as the main definition refers? Southerners think of preservatives as citric acid to use to “can” vegetables. Maybe a vinegar is used as a preservative to pickle cucumbers, but no one thinks kindly of being called a sour vinegar. Now, when we say, “Someone is in a pickle”, we mean that to be they mean in a bind, a hardship, a rough patch. When we think of preserves, that usually means, jams with the seeds verses jelly made from just the juice of the fruit. We do give ribbons for preserves that is true, but since the Fiscal Conservatives have shut down the local State fairs, we don’t have too many times to give out those beautiful, blue ribbons. Now days the fairs are kinda , freak shows with addled addicted carnival workers, operating and giving new meaning to the ride Tilt-a-Whirls.
- Second. I’m thinking American Conservatives are not much liking the English version of the branch of cousins called Progressive Conservatives. Those could be fighting words at some family reunions down here. Everyone in the South knows that England is across the big pond and that makes them pond scum, just like any thing that is not American. Don’t be offended my English friends, I do not adhere to that premise. But then again, I am in the minority in my state of Alabama. It ticks me off as well. It used to be that Americans were loved the world over for their willingness to accept and help others , with the exception of the bitterness of our own Civil War. Not so, today. To hear your Fox brethren shouting, we are only supposed to smile at those that look just like us. Glad I don’t watch that network.
- Third. I am going to skip a bunch of the etymology stuff because , my readers are smart and can fill in the missing pieces. I am going to hit the synonyms. Now who wants to be called mossbacked, old-fashioned, old-line, and old-school ? I think that is insulting. I’d be mad at anyone who called me those names. Maybe that is the reason, most Conservatives are angry all the time.
Fiscal Conservative could easily be defined by Webster’s as a mossbacked, old-fashioned, old-line, and old-school preservative when it is relating to taxation, public revenues, or public debt. I got it now!!! That is why they hate to be called out on the big spending ways and trickled down economic theories. They don’t have ideas, they have two solutions, borrow and spend it, to give the wealthy a tax reduction.
I am amazed that my state has been hoodwinked into thinking they are Fiscal Conservatives. They should know better, Alabama usually ranks number 10 in receiving federal dollars per capita.
If we actually take the so-called Fiscal Conservatives at their word , then as we in the South would say, “You are in a pickle and that batch is no good.”