I am have been thinking about the word “conservative” lately and how I thought it defines me as far as fiscal things go and how it seems to define many of my friends as a general philosophy. I know like everything else you can’t put all conservatives in the same box but there seems to be some common traits I assign to that label. Let’s start out with the basic definition:
con⋅serv⋅a⋅tive /kənsɜ:vətiv/ noun
- a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
- resistant to change
- having social or political views favoring conservatism
- unimaginatively conventional
- avoiding excess • a conservative estimate
- conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class
In the past I have identified myself as a fiscal conservative. From a governing standpoint I want to make sure that the money I send to Washington in taxes to do the people’s business is wisely spent. I don’t treat my money haphazardly and I don’t want my government to do that either. But after looking at the basic definition above maybe I think I need to find a new label. I am definitely not reluctant to accept fiscal changes or new ideas about monetary policies, in fact I would embrace one if I thought it would solve some of our problems. I definitely would not call myself unimaginatively conventional when it comes to money or anything else for that matter! If you have read much of what I have said in the blog I’m sure you would agree with that. Definition 5 is kind of muddled and without meaning to me so I won’t go there. The standards of the middle class seem to change on a daily basis especially as the conservative group continues to shrink.
But the definitions above do seem to describe many of my friends. They, for the most part, fear change instead of embracing it. Many seem to continue to live in the limelight of the Reagan years. They hate all the change in the last twenty years; especially change brought on by the “liberals”. Yeah, many of my friends are unimaginatively conventional.
Well, I seem to have decided that the traditional definition of the word “conservative” does indeed describe many of my less than progressive friends but doesn’t hack it when I apply it to myself for fiscal matter. 🙂 So, what should I call myself? Maybe fiscally prudent progressive. That has kind of a nice ring to it. From this day forward I am a FPP. Conservative describes those who hate or at least adamantly resist change and that is definitely not me. But I will kind of hold on to that label for some of my less progressive friends….