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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How does a Conservative differ from a Moderate? – Part 1

What does it mean to be more conservative? The most common meaning would appear to be one who advocates some variation of the political Right—the Republican party platform, allegiance to Trump, deep suspicion of ethnic minorities—ferociously and with the least amount of tolerance for dissenting views. We might say then that someone who supports building a border wall that’s fifteen-feet high is conservative but someone who demands it be twenty-feet high, paid for by Mexico, and include armed sentries, searchlights, trip wires, and high voltage along the perimeter to be even more conservative. More conservative and very conservative have come to mean those who hold some ill-defined politica

Conservatives are Losers – A Rebuttal

It has been awhile since I’ve written a play-by-play rebuttal or rejoinder to someone else’s blog post. A friend sent me this article—Conservatives are Losers—by Roosh V, the other day and asked what I thought of it. He suggested a lot of Millennials may share V’s views in that they are averse to conservatism on the basis it’s a “losing team”. I suspect he’s right. Roosh V is an author and blogger who frequently writes tips for men on “picking up girls and getting laid”. Though V’s blog is not explicitly political, his macho/masculinity ideological system—which he calls neomasculinity—tends to butt up against political discussions as it offers a competing worldview. At the risk of oversi

Episode 13 - Can America Survive without Christianity? - Part 2

America’s Judeo-Christian heritage plays a vital role in the survival of American’s form of government. This is because a Judeo-Christian worldview is unique in that it is a belief system that is compatible with liberal democracy that respects individual liberties while potentially impacting both the people and their leaders in a way that other belief systems—secular libertarianism, stoicism, utilitarianism—cannot. But it doesn’t follow that all who hold a Judeo-Christian worldview contribute to the American republic in a positive or productive way. What happens when those who profess a Christian faith fail to recognize the role of the believer in a free society and instead seek to use gov

Stop “Supporting” Trump – Part 4 (Hosanna to the Chief!)

There are few things more swallow or fleeting to pledge one’s allegiance to than a political figure. I ended Part 3 arguing that both the Christian faith and the conservative worldview demand we order our loves. That is, we must assign our support, allegiance, devotion, submission, or even worship on the basis that some things are higher than others and, therefore, require more of us; so that the duty we owe our spouse is greater than the duty we owe our pet, but less than what we owe our God. What’s more, ordering our loves means that we recognize what level of support is inappropriate at each level. It would be wrong to only support our God, just as it would be wrong to worship our pet.

Stop “Supporting” Trump – Part 3 (how should we support our country, faith, and president?)

Do you consider yourself to be a great American who’s willing to fight for their country, loves their God, and supports their president? How do you show your devotion for the things you believe are worthy of your time, talents, and allegiance? Surely loving your country means something different than loving your God; and it would be blasphemy to worship your president as your god. But how should your devotion be distinguishable from the things you support? What is appropriate and what isn’t? In this series we’re exploring why you shouldn’t support president Trump—whether or not you approve of his policies or even his demeanor and tweets. In Part 1 I attempted to show how support for the

Episode 12 - Can America Survive without Christianity? - Part 1

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,” wrote America's 2nd president, John Adams. What exactly does it mean to be a moral and religious people? Was Adams referring to Christian virtues or just those who are civic minded? And was he right? Can our country operate properly, if at all, if we cease to be the sort of people he had in mind? Lockean liberalism--the belief that humans have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness--is a secular enterprise. Since all humans have spiritual yearnings, a purely liberal worldview is incomplete. Therefore, those who live in a liberal society will always

Stop “Supporting” Trump – Part 2 (were NeverTrumpers wrong?)

It happened first with Neil Gorsuch. And now, in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, NeverTrumpers have been asked again whether they can finally admit they were wrong and join their brothers and sisters on the Right who support the president. As I hope I’ve shown in Part 1, there’s an awful lot that can hang on that word support. And answering whether or not those who don’t support Trump as a matter of conservative principle were mistaken depends entirely on what question is actually being asked. Charlie Cooke, the editor of nationalreview.com, recently addressed why this question is a little off: “I can see why it made sense when the question was filtered thro