THERE IS A DIFFERENCE
By: Sean Scallon
Theres a difference
between natural conservatism and ideological conservatism and if you really want to
understand the meaning of the outcome of Wisconsins recent recall election,
its helpful to know which is which.
Conservatism is the prudence and restraint one shows in matters of public affairs
(and all aspects of life for that matter). Its the conservatism born of experience,
wisdom, intuition but also careful study and observation too. Its the kind of
conservatism philosophers like Edmund Burke promoted as a contrast to the radicalism of
the French Revolution.
Conservatism is sets of beliefs, dogmas and certainties in sets of ideas or ideals
lain down for society to follow. They are believed to be the natural course of events and
thus part of a chain of irrefutable logic. Thus, there can be no dissent or deviation from
may well think what triumphed was Governor Scott Walkers agenda for the state and
theres no question much of his vote was tallied in support of that agenda.
Walker would have never won a majority without the support of the natural conservatism of
many Wisconsin citizens who had very different reasons for supporting the governor outside
of his ideology.
natural conservatism questioned the wisdom of recalling a governor midway
through his first-term in office outside of any reasons of malfeasance in office or other
such scandal. It wondered about the fairness of such an act. It recoiled at the
possibility that the success of such a recall would trigger other such elections in the
future. Elections which, since the Citizens United
court decision, could easily be financed by a single person and witness outside money
pouring into the state determing the outcome
of said elections (which many feel it did so in this case). It wondered what upheaval s to
the states electoral system such elections and tactics such as elected
representatives abandoning the state capitol to prevent a vote on a bill, could mean for
the future. Ultimately the voters natural conservatism recoiled at the