I joined this community a few weeks ago to voice my opinion in the newly-formed Scarlett fanclub. Several of the posts in that particular club made disparaging remarks about conservatives by assigning that philosophy to those who ridicule her transgender status. This struck me as very odd, as there is no particular tenant of conservatism that addresses transgender persons one way or the other. Then I began to read the "Obama v. Romney" post in the general forum and it became painfully obvious that sincere, thoughtful individuals are grossly mistaken about some of the beliefs held by conservatives. So, at the risk of starting a wildly abusive, short-lived topic, I'd like to offer my expertise on the subject.
If there is anything that a member of TL would sincerely like to ask regarding either conservative beliefs or justifications thereof, I'd like to answer to the best of my ability.
Now, who the hell am I to speak for conservatives?
For the past seven years, I have worked on various campaigns for conservative U.S. politicians at the state and national level. Currently, I am a manager in the North Carolina branch of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. I have a B.S. in Mathematics and Political Science and an MBA from Millsaps College (small liberal arts spot) and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. Perhaps most importantly, I have had some personal experience with a lot of the social and financial issues that plague American politics. If this takes off, I will get more explicit as necessary.
I also have a fairly good understanding of constitutional law. I suspect I'm not the only law school graduate around here, but if you'd like the conservative tint to a decidedly ambiguous area of the way our legal system works, feel free to ask.
From where do these answers come?
Only myself. I do not propose to speak for any particular politician, including my candidate. That's for other times and other forums. I am a practicing Catholic, but I try very hard to not allow my faith to be my sole justification for political convictions. Also, I am NOT a libertarian. The distinction between libertarians and conservatives is very important to me, and I believe to the country at large. Again, if someone is interested, I will develop that further.
Why do you care?
Obviously, I would love nothing more than to convince all of you that my understanding of the world is the truth and the way to approach life. Barring that, you should know that somewhere around 40% of the country self-identifies as conservative, and that 40% tends to vote quite reliably. If for no other reason than "know thy enemy", I hope you will ask anything you want to know.
I'm fully aware that this could be an obnoxious disaster. Furthermore, as the campaign begins to shift to the general-election phase, my time to check and answer this blog will vary wildly. However, ICCup Tesla's recent post on female gamers has proven that this community can be reasonably respectful and coherent if sufficiently engaged. Hopefully, this post will do just that.
EDIT: For those who come late to this blog, there have been one or two occasions when I have admitted a mistake somewhere up the page without necessarily editting original posts. This is particularly true regarding the Intelligent Design discussion around page 8. So please read all the way through. And thank you for the civil interaction. This has been a very fun project and I have learned a lot so far.