(Editor's Note): Les Carpenter from Rational Nation has joined the Left Coast Rebel as a contibutor. I have joined his site to do the same. Les will offer up his independent conservative perspective for LCR readers. Be sure to visit and bookmark his site.
By Les Carpenter, Rational Nation USA
As an independent conservative I have stood steadfast by the values, ethics, and vision this nation was founded on. I am proud of the American Heritage that gave us the freest and most productive and prosperous nation on earth. I am proud to have the same independence and the fiercely proud spirit that gave our forebears the strength do defeat a tyrant and give us the liberty we have yet today.
I am proud to be an independent conservative and I make no apologies. However, I must acknowledge the conservative movement has been high jacked by the neo cons, the RHINO's, those who wish America to maintain an active and interventionist foreign policy as well as those who sell us on a mixed economy highly influenced by special interest and want us to believe government subsidies to business is a good thing.
Many will make the argument that conservatism in America is dying. Unless, and until such time those who understand the basis of real conservatism take a stand and speak the truth about the movement it likely will continue to die a slow death. I am reading an article by Andrew Sullivan of the Atlantic. He makes many points supporting the premise that unless the movement changes and redefines itself with real conservative values and ethics it s indeed dead.
Rational Nation USA found Mr. Sullivan's article, The Death Of Conservatism, Ctd, thought provoking and a good read. We highly encourage, and recommend it's reading.