Fiscal Conservatism. I would define this as business sense in politics. The left is run by Marxist idealogues who lead the universities and academics/education. The right is run by business men who know big business and are loaded down with cash. And I don’t want to claim the middle ground.
In his book, the City of God, the church father Augustine writes:
“Justice being taken away, then, what are kingdoms but great robberies? For what are robberies themselves, but little kingdoms? The band itself is made up of men; it is ruled by the authority of a prince, it is knit together by the pact of the confederacy; the booty is divided by the law agreed on. If, by the admittance of abandoned men, this evil increases to such a degree that it holds places, fixes abodes, takes possession of cities, and subdues peoples, it assumes the more plainly the name of a kingdom, because the reality is now manifestly conferred on it, not by the removal of covetousness, but by the addition of impunity. Indeed, that was an apt and true reply which was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride, ‘What you mean by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, while you who does it with a great fleet are styled emperor’.” (Augustine, City of God, 4.4)
The new Conservatism wants economic justice, but seeks it in a void of all other justice. They want to give free reign to homosexuality and abortion. The economy is a moral issue because we have to ask moral questions: ‘what is stealing?’ and ‘can the government steal?’ But the morality of the economy and the other issues of morality within nations are deeply interwoven.
So maybe we can give the new Conservatism the benefit of the doubt and say that they are a bunch of business men seeking economic justice. But somehow I doubt even that. A government that does not stand up for any other form of justice will be unjust when it comes to economics.
This is why I am an advocate of free trade and free markets. To say that I am an advocate of free trade and free markets simply means that I believe that the government should keep their hands off our money. For the same reason I believe that they should keep their hands off our children. If they have no business in the bedrooms of the nation then they have no business in the bank-accounts of the nation. Hands-off.
But this does not mean that I reject a court-system. Stealing must be met with justice. Stealing must be dealt with justly, but so must child-abuse, murder (abortion), etc. Our justice must reflect the justice of a system that transcends our warped system. If we legitimize same-sex marriage, there is no justice. If we permit sex-change surgeries, we are allowing people with mental illness to harm themselves. If we permit assisted suicide, we are crushing the weakest of the weak. If our welfare system hands out money willy-nilly we aren’t helping people get off their feet.
A band of criminals, whether their views are to the left or to the right, are still a band of criminals. A band of criminals, whether they steal from the rich and give too the poor or if they ally themselves with big business and grind the poor underfoot, are still a band of criminals. The answer isn’t to throw up our hands and become unjust. The answer is to fight for the justice of God. And that begins by pointing people, including governments, to the justice and mercy found at the cross of Jesus Christ.