The politics of labeling is alive and well. The broad classifications of conservative, moderate, and liberal are no longer adequate. If you’re a Republican, chances are you proudly claim to be a conservative. In fact, if you are not a conservative, you probably won’t be able to run for dog catcher. To be called liberal, or even moderate, is the death knell to Republicans. Even Democrats run from the liberal moniker. Hence, there are now varying degrees of conservatism. You may choose from neoconservative, social conservative, Christian conservative, fiscal conservative, right-wing conservative, Reagan conservative, compassionate conservative. My personal favorite, however, is the new brand of Republican: Kool-aid conservative.
This label is pretty self-explanatory. If you blindly follow directions and support non-conservative policy, you fall into this category. This label applies to a Republican who goes along to get along, regardless of principle. Some of our long-time Republicans think that if they say they are conservative loudly enough and often enough, that it will be true. The problem is that actions speak louder than words, and in order to maintain power, many so-called conservatives are selling out. These “Kool-aid conservatives” are voting for more taxes, more spending, and more government. Now call me a crazy conservative, but I thought that taxing and spending was the Democrat/liberal way of governing.
Blindly following orders regardless of principle is the hallmark of a Kool-aid conservative. Sure, our Republican leaders can lead us to the trough of taxing and spending, but they shouldn’t be able to make us drink. As our new legislative session promises to start off with a battle for control of the Texas House, please consider which type of conservative you are. Then, call your elected officials and urge them not to drink the Kool-aid.