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The Conservative Creed, Part 2


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The Conservative Creed (Part 1)

We, the conservatives of America, wholeheartedly embrace our favorite mantra, “free enterprise, private property, and limited government,” except for the following 50 items:

  1. Social Security.
  2. Medicare.
  3. Medicaid.
  4. Welfare and the Department of Health and Human Services.
  5. Government-business partnerships and the SBA.
  6. Banking regulations and the FDIC.
  7. Public (i.e., government) schooling.
  8. Federal aid to public schooling and the Department of Education.
  9. Farm subsidies and the Department of Agriculture.
  10. Economic regulations and the Department of Commerce.
  11. Financial regulations and the SEC.
  12. The Federal Reserve.
  13. Fiat currency.
  14. Foreign aid to dictators and other foreign regimes.
  15. A large and ever-growing permanent military establishment.
  16. The CIA.
  17. Secret surveillance and the National Security Administration
  18. The FBI.
  19. Foreign aid, including to dictatorial regimes.
  20. Foreign interventions, wars of aggression, invasions, occupations, coups, bribery, assassinations, installation of dictatorial regimes, and partnerships with foreign dictatorships.
  21. Sanctions and embargoes.
  22. Presidential decrees and executive orders.
  23. Immigration controls, the Border Patrol, and ICE.
  24. Tariffs and import restrictions.
  25. Assassination.
  26. Torture.
  27. Rendition.
  28. Kidnapping.
  29. Indefinite detention.
  30. Military tribunals.
  31. Denial of due process of law.
  32. Denial of speedy trial.
  33. Drug laws and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
  34. Asset forfeiture.
  35. Mandatory minimum sentences.
  36. Minimum wage laws, price controls, and the Department of Labor.
  37. Conscription and the Selective Service System.
  38. Public works.
  39. Eminent domain to transfer people’s homes to corporations.
  40. Public (i.e., government) housing and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  41. Travel restrictions.
  42. War on terrorism and the Department of Homeland Security.
  43. Public (i.e., government) highways and the Department of Transportation.
  44. Amtrak.
  45. Public (i.e., government) parks and the Department of the Interior.
  46. Environmental regulations and the EPA.
  47. Department of Energy.
  48. The Food and Drug Administration.
  49. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau (ATF).
  50. AmeriCorps.
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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.