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Right direction: Resetting the values for the American conservative movement

     1. RESETTING the Values

The advent of the Trump administration, on January 20, 2017, marked the appearance and functioning of some principles and beliefs (not political slogans) totally different from the ones applied by the previous administrations (Republican and Democratic alike): Make America Great Again, America First, and Drain the Swamp.

Recently, Republican Paul Ryan, not a fan of President Trump, decided not to seek re-election in the 2018 midterms of November, and to give up the gavel of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/us/politics/paul-ryan-speaker.html

Tiberiu Dianu

In a short run, it remains to be seen how much this will impact the Republican control of the U.S. Congress. According to the traditional political algorithm, the Democrats are prepared to take over. But again, nothing during the Trump era resembles things occurred in the past.

In a long run, this should be a reflection period and a cross point for the doctrinal clarification of the Republican Party, as a true holder of the American conservative values.

In fact, the time has come for resetting the values of the American conservative movement on its whole.

     2. The Premise Situations

It is the time for all conservative factions (nationalists, traditionalists, populists, and moderates) to pull all together and put in practice a new set of postulates, based on the following premise situations:

(1) The Right believes in a Higher Authority (God), which is different than the Human Self.

(2) The Left believes that the Highest Authority is the Human Self.

(3) The Right believes in Universal Truth, which is absolute, that is higher than the Personal Truth, which is relative.

(4) The Left believes that Personal Truth is more powerful because it is concrete, while Universal Truth is inapplicable because it is too abstract.

(5) The Right believes in a predetermined set of Higher Moral Values that are constant and perpetual, and therefore eternal, throughout the course of time.

(6) The Left believes in a changeable set of personal or group-related values that are variable and temporary throughout the course of time.

     3. A New Set of Postulates

The last half of the century has mirrored a constant attitude of justification, on behalf of the Right, by reporting its values to the ones of the Left. This attitude must stop.

Consequently, the Right should abandon the position of justification of their stance and values by constantly reporting it to the set of values of the Left. The Right should adopt the following New Set of Postulates:

(1) The Left does not truly believe in God.

(2) If the Left does not believe in God, the validity of their concrete concepts of "good" and "bad" will be variable in essence, limited to individuals and groups of people, and temporary.

(3) The Left promotes its own concepts of "good" and "bad" but, since they do not emanate from God, they are to be ignored and/or combated.

(4) The Right promotes the concepts of "good" and "bad," which emanate from God.

(5) If the Right promotes God's concepts of "good" and "bad," they will be absolute in essence, applicable to everybody, and perennial in time.

(6) Therefore, the concepts of "good" and "bad" of the Right are more powerful and opposed to the concepts of "good" and "bad" of the Left.

     4. The New Commandments

Consequently, the Right has to turn the New Set of Postulates in New Commandments and apply them accordingly.

The New Commandments are to act as refreshers of the Biblical Commandments. The Biblical Commandments have been ignored and not being applied completely for longer periods of time. Therefore, they run the risk of turning into pure theoretical statements, and consequently ignored.

It is the duty of the Right, especially in the years to come, to revive and apply consistently The New Commandments following The New Set of Postulates.

Tiberiu Dianu has published several books and a host of articles in law, politics, and post-communist societies. He currently lives and works in Washington, DC, and can be followed on MEDIUM. https://medium.com/@tdianu