The Saving Elephants Blog

Featuring original content on classical conservatism, current affairs, and everything in-between, these weekly blog posts will illustrate how the wisdom of the past can be applied to the challenges of today.  The blog is organized by the following categories: Conservative Values (taking a deep dive into specific conservative ideas), Competing Worldviews (comparing and contrasting conservatism with other worldviews), Trumpism (posts related to the Trump phenomenon), Elections (observations on upcoming and past elections), and Cornucopia (posts that don't fit in the previous categories).

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Guest Post - He’s No Reagan

This post was written by guest blogger Justin Stapley. His bio appears at the the end of the post. Many of President Trump’s supporters tend to see numerous similarities between Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan. They point at the irrational fear that gripped the media and others as President Reagan took office in order to excuse current fears of Donald Trump’s presidency. They point at Reagan’s past as a member of the Democratic Party to excuse Donald Trump’s former left-leaning beliefs and activity in Democratic circles. They trumpet the fact that Making America Great Again was one of Reagan’s slogans and believe that Trump is returning to form, shaking things up, and re-establishing Reag

Donning Spandex – Part 4 (Captain Conservative’s Limitation Ray)

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger “The conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles For much of human history the only glue that held societies together was the ever-present threat that those who sowed discord risked simplistic, excessive punishment from the ruling tyrant or, having escaped that, eternal damnation of their soul in the afterlife. Subversion was dealt with in ways we would today describe as barbaric, sickening, and needlessly violent. Yet apart from these drastic measures societies often descend into anarchy in which the weak fell prey to the strong. And anarchy—the least tolerable of

Episode 8 - Audit EVERYTHING!

Whether it’s to save Social Security or cover a budget deficit, politicians are fond of declaring they’re going to audit EVERYTHING! But what does “audit everything” actually mean? And how likely is it to solve problems like the viability of entitlement programs or ballooning debt? Drawing on a decade of experience in auditing governments, Josh, CPA, demystifies the auditing process and shows how audits, while vitally important, are usually a cop-out response from politicians who don’t want to make tough choices. As promised, here's a link to a story about how EPA Director Scott Pruitt prevented our office from releasing an audit report for many years. LISTEN HERE #audits #waste #fraud #Do

We’ve Got Your Summer Reading List Covered

In lieu of our regular Friday blog post I’d like to direct your attention to the newly revamped Saving Elephants resources page. There you will find a smorgasbord of websites, books, podcasts, and other resources to immerse yourself in conservative thought from the very best of conservative thinkers. The page is interactive with pictures that link to the various resources. I’ve given a brief synopsis explaining why each resource is important and what you can expect to gain from it. I’ve even ranked each resource by what level of political/philosophical nerd it’s recommended for: If you’re looking for a summer reading list, this would be a great place to start. I can vouch for all the res

Donning Spandex – Part 3 (The Uncanny G-Men)

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger “The conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles The nature of government is to grow. Much like the weeds in a garden, unless the populace casts a wary eye on government and makes the effort to uproot some unwelcome sprouts from time to time, the government will continue to expand in scope and power until it consumes every detail of our lives. As Ronald Reagan once said, “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Conservatives and Libertarians have long prided themselves on fighting the good fight, so to speak, in attempting to hack

Episode 7 - Deep Thoughts with Bob - Conservative Challenges

Saving Elephants’ guest Bob Burch is back with Josh to discuss the challenges that conservatism faces, the triumph of 20th century progressivism, regulations that regulate regulating regulators, what “neocon” actually means, and sundry other topics so deep even Adele can’t roll in it. Ever wonder why conservatives sometimes come across as gloomy pessimists? Bob and Josh delve into what afflicts the conservative’s soul and offer some hopeful remedies. LISTEN HERE Lastly, as promised, here’s a link to Mark Steyn singing I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat. #MarkSteyn #BobBurch #progressivism #neoconservatism #Neocons #pessimism

Donning Spandex – Part 2 (Vigilante the Villain)

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger “The conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.” Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles There’s nothing quite so near and dear to the rhetoric of the Right as disparaging Big Government. Whether it goes by the name of the deep state, the Military Industrial Complex, the Establishment, the Man, the Feds, the Illuminati, lobbyists, big corporations, PACs, the fourth branch of government, bureaucracy, the IRS, FBI, CIA, NSA, CNN, or the ominous “THEY” the Right can conjure up vivid images of some big, powerful, intrusive government behind the scenes, pulling the strings of machinations. Since conservatives