Weekly Friday Posts

May 25, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

“The conservative perceives the need for prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

Ever since Hollywood discovered the money-making enterprise of cranking out super-hero movies, crime-fighting, spandex donning characters that were previously only known to the sort of people who attend Comic-Con International have become household names.  As The Onion hilari...

May 18, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

In my view, there were two—and only two—legitimate reasons for voting for Trump: 1) because you believed he’d make a good president, and/or 2) because you believed he would at least be a better president than Hillary.  In the runup to the 2016 presidential election a cast of characters as eclectic as that Star Wars cantina scene emerged to quantify the unquantifiable and defend their decision to vote for Trump on...

May 15, 2018

President Bush once said, "Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?"  Actually, the question gets asked all the time with the resounding response NO!   So what's the matter with kids today?  What's wrong with education?  Why is our children not learning?  Is the problem not enough funding?  Not enough parental involvement?  No prayer in school?  Too many guns?  Not enough teachers with guns?  Was John Dewey full of it and...

May 11, 2018

Greetings dear readers... 

Yours truly is taking a brief hiatus from our regular weekly Friday blog posts to spend some time completing the next podcast episode that will be available this coming Tuesday.  Look for the blog to resume next week.

In the meanwhile, if you came here to satisfy a craving for quality conservatism, you might enjoy this recent article by Ben Shapiro on the gap that exists between young and old conservatives and how to...

May 4, 2018

Original artwork by Marisa Draeger

Irving Kristol, the “father” of neoconservatism, wrote something to the effect of what we once called “virtues” we now defensively call “values.”  This idea haunts me.  The exchange of “values” for “virtues” carries with it an implication.  It implies we lost something in the exchange.  Namely, the ability to believe some things are just inherently deserving, without having to title them in economic terms to...

May 1, 2018

In the 1950s, Russell Kirk almost single-handedly rescued conservative thought from oblivion and made it a force to be reckoned with again by writing The Conservative Mind.  Since his intended audience was academia, much of his tome is a rather dense and difficult read.  But that's what we're here for--to make highbrow conservative thought easily accessible and applicable for you.  Kirk later summarized his basic arguments in the book into a...

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Millennials defending and expressing conservative values.

 

Liberty has never been in a more precarious predicament.  As the Left sees a resurgence in socialism the Right is experiencing a rise in populism, nationalism, and authoritarianism.  Once the champions of conservative values, the Republican party is devolving into a group of self-serving career politicians with some even seeking to replace conservatism with blatant bigotry and reactionary fear.

 

If conservatism is to survive in the 21st century it will be up to Millennials.  How?  First by having a solid understanding of what it means to be a conservative and why that matters now more than ever.  And that's exactly what Saving Elephants is all about.  Here you will learn what values conservatives affirm and how conservatism differs from competing ideologies.  Only then will you be equipped to defend and express conservative values to a culture desperate for civil political dialogue, meaningful, vibrant communities, and purpose beyond material possessions.

It’s time the Republican party got back to its roots.  It’s time to re-ignite conservatism for Millennials!

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