One of our member blogs, Governor Sarah Palin for President, also has a blog, Conservative Web Brigade. On it he has condensed Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles into four. I am heading back over to his blog to read the four in more detail, then to read the ten more closely. I thought I'd share links to both with you and get your opinion on the principles. It would be nice for us to have something similar for the Network. It could be that all we really need to do is link to one or both of these groups. I don't see any need to reinvent wheels if they're made correctly!
If you have time, please read through both and let me know if you think we can improve, expand or if they sound fine to you.
What we believe:
We believe in Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles, and we organize them into four essential categories:
1. Individual Liberty - Our basic rights have been bestowed upon us by our Creator. Government must not interfere in our lives. With these rights given to us, we are charged with taking responsibility for our actions and to endeavor to make our society a better one for all. We the people, not government, have the indiviual responsibilty of helping the disadvantaged through our own voluntary charitable... http://compleatconservatives.blogspot.com/
Ten Conservative Principles
by Russell Kirk
Adapted from The Politics of Prudence (ISI Books, 1993). Copyright © 1993 by Russell Kirk. Used by permission of the Estate of Russell Kirk.
Being neither a religion nor an ideology, the body of opinion termed conservatism possesses no Holy Writ and no Das Kapital to provide dogmata. So far as it is possible to determine what conservatives believe, the first principles of the conservative persuasion are derived from what leading conservative writers and public men have professed during the past two centuries. After some introductory remarks on this general theme, I will proceed to list ten such conservative principles... http://www.kirkcenter.org/kirk/ten-principles.html