Weekly Friday Posts

November 30, 2018

“Conservatives are chastened by their principle of IMPERFECTABILITY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

Throughout this series we’ve explored the curious fact that—while there is much disagreement on the specifics—we all seem to have some notion that things ought to be different than what they actually are.  No one needs convincing that this world, and the people who inhabit it, are imperfect.

In Part 1 we discussed how no human society l...

November 23, 2018

“Conservatives are chastened by their principle of IMPERFECTABILITY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

It was in college that I was first introduced to the writings of C. S. Lewis, who I have often thanked for what I can only describe as an awakening to what it means to love God with one’s mind.  His uncanny and masterful way of communicating made otherwise dry theological and philosophical concepts come to life.  I’d often paraphrase a...

November 20, 2018

What challenges does the GOP face in attracting Millennials and younger Americans to the party?  Has Trump permanently changed things?  Are political parties even relevant anymore?

Who better to answer such questions than Matt Pinnell, who’s held high profile positions with both the state and national party?  Matt Pinnell was elected Oklahoma’s 17th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma in the 2018 midterm elections.  But prior to winning elected o...

November 16, 2018

“Conservatives are chastened by their principle of IMPERFECTABILITY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

The title to this series—If Men Were Angels—comes from James Madison’s Federalist Paper #51:

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

Perhaps you may be thinking—thank you Captain Obvious.  Yet Madison’s words are far mo...

November 9, 2018

The 2018 midterm elections have come and gone, but there’s still plenty of analyzing and expounding to be done.  And who better than an investigative auditor to get to the bottom of the good, the bad, and the ugly details of 2018?  Joining Josh for this special bonus episode is Mickey Dodson, investigative auditor for the Oklahoma State Auditor’s Office.

Though a Millennial, Mickey has worn a number of hats that take many people a lifetime to...

November 6, 2018

Destry Edwards, co-host of the Politicide podcast, joins Josh on election day to reflect on the turbulent days that led up to the 2016 elections and how things have changed since then.  Destry hails from South Carolina, which has produced more than its fair share of noteworthy politicians in recent years.  And he offers some thoughts from his front-row-seat vantage point on fellow South Carolinians like Lindsey Graham, Mark Sanford, Jim DeMint, T...

November 2, 2018

“Conservatives are chastened by their principle of IMPERFECTABILITY.”  Russell Kirk – Ten Conservative Principles

The Book of Proverbs tells us that “where there is no vision, the people perish.”  Pick up nearly any self-help book from your local bookstore and there will doubtless be some call to cultivating your vision as a key ingredient on your journey to “success”.  Self-help guru and motivational speaker John Graham is certainly no exception:

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About Saving Elephants

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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