The Ten Commandments of Conservatism

The Ten Commandments of Conservatism

by Consti Tution on August 27, 2010

Greetings! Consti here in the secret underground bunker think tank where the staff and I have come up with a tong-n-cheek look at conservative values. They are not necessarily just values a conservative should hold, but more the values every politician who seeks to rule over the American public should be held to. We have borrowed from the biblical tale of Moses and his decent from Mount Sinai to bring onto the children of Israel the moral imperative of their lord to help simplify intellectual digestion for the reader.

(Ed note: Despite your religious beliefs the Ten Commandments are good words to live by for any polite society. So before you try to label me a right-wing, religious nut job just consider that for a moment.)

With great pleasure I give you: The Ten Commandments of Conservatism.

  1. Thou shalt not tax and spend needlessly – Now before you go off about how the government HAS to collect taxes to support “the greater good” let me remind you that the founding fathers were specific in the powers granted the government to levy and collect taxes. The Revolution was ABOUT TAXATION! That primarily it was to support a standing army to protect our borders. (Which today are as wide open as a Tijuana whore.) Today however we are taxed on everything from income, gas, tobacco, clothes, sugary drinks, to sliced bagels. (Can you say “sin” tax?) On the other side of this coin there are countless examples of government waste on things such as; the effects of cocaine on monkeys, the sexual habits of college co-eds, drunk mice, bridges to nowhere, windows for a closed visitor center, and massive amounts of alcohol for the State Department. I could go on and on not even mentioning the waste in Medicare/Medicaid. Michael Bennet D-Colorado “We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet” and, “in my view we have nothing to show for it.”
  2. Thou shalt not put anything above the constitution – In the event of a catastrophe FEMA can suspend the constitutional rights of citizens. Additionally congressional rules and recess appointments are constantly used to circumnavigate the constitution for political gain. Laws are constantly enacted that go beyond the powers granted in the constitution and no one calls the government on them. This includes the issue of Sharia law in the U.S. since it’s not in the constitution NO AMERICAN should be tried or held to Sharia law. It’s not a U.S. legal system period!
  3. Thou shalt not infringe upon the people their constitutional rights – Two good examples are the DOJ dropping the case against the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation. This is a basic constitutional right for all Americans regardless of race. The other example being the right to privacy as infringed upon by the administration’s claims that Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” Another example would be the right to “innocent until proven guilty” when time and time again opponents are tried in the court of opinion.
  4. Do not take from the people what the people own – Land grabs, property rights, and imminent domain laws are being used in greater number under the Obama administration. Yet these land grabs go mostly unreported in the MSM. The latest being the loss of rights for land owners of beach front property. Additionally the confiscatory policy of the IRS when it comes to taxes. Once found guilty then take the property, but not during an investigation without the ability to appeal the property grab. And don’t take the people’s money for Healthcare under the threat of jail time.
  5. Thou shalt not betray the peoples trust – Take for example Bill Clinton receiving oral service from Monica Lewinski while Yasser Arafat waits in the rose garden. Or the promise of transparency Obama made that never materialized. Or the Governor who had an affair and was MIA on state business for days. The people vote you in on your word and despite what some have said the people do not deserve tax cheats (yes Geithner I’m looking at you), liars, and snake oil salesmen. Neither does the public deserve a Mosque to be built when over 70% of those with a vested interest do not want one. While Christians are denied to build churches in Saudi Arabia the government is paying for a radical Imam to go there and raise funds for this middle finger to the American public. Cordoba is not just a name if you are conscious of your history. (Look it up.)
  6. Thou shalt not profit personally from the people – Take for example the blatant misuse of subsidized housing by Charlie Rangel. How about Maxine Waters trying to get a bailout for a bank her husband held stock in? Or the countless stories of political insiders receiving and using information to enrich themselves. Insider trading is a federal crime on Wall Street but in politics it’s par for the course. Just ask Blaggo or the City Manager of Bell California.
  7. Remember thou art the people’s servant and as such are beholden to the people – The treatment of the American public has been despicable by this administration and countless congressional leaders over the last year. Never before had we heard the American public referred to as terrorists, bigots, racists, stupid, Nazis, KKK, ignorant, teabaggers, and asked who they were going to kill today as one representative asked of his constituent. Students being assaulted by their representatives being shouted at “who do you represent!” They represent the people YOU are supposed to be a civil servant to. Not the other way around. The treatment of town hall attendees last summer and this recess has been outrageous to say the least. You are voted in by the people you denigrate, and you forget that these are the people who can vote your sorry kiesters out.  And let’s not forget Obamacare being forced down our throats with the silly “we have to pass it so you know what’s in it” line of BS (Barbara Streisand.)
  8. Honor thy founder’s values – There is much argument over exactly what those values are. I think all members of congress should be required to read the federalist papers every 3 years as a reminder of the values this country was founded on. I don’t think the argument of the government having to provide for “the pursuit of happiness” flies with the founders values. They were men of individual valor and responsibility. The government cannot had out happiness like food vouchers, and I don’t see anywhere in life that happiness is a guaranteed thing. If it was we would have no need for Prozac.
  9. Covet not the pursuit of power over the good of the people – Charlie Rangel is stumping for his 20th term in office. Teddy Kennedy was on a first name basis with Ben Franklin! These lifelong politicians are part of the problem of government. Being a politician should not be a career in of itself. If you have no experience outside of politics then you have nothing in common with the people you seek to represent. If you are in congress and simply vote “present” (yes Obama I am looking at you) then you are not doing the people’s business you are only doing your business. Political legacies are not what the founding fathers envisioned for the peoples representatives. Look at what George Washington did as the first president. Did Ben Franklin server his whole life? Part of the fix for government should be term limits on ALL elected representatives. Period.
  10. Thou shalt make known all thy dealings both private and public – If you are a public servant then there is nothing in your present or past that should be off limits to the public. Look at the current administration and Obama’s birth certificate fiasco. Upon taking office his very first act as President was to seal all his records from public view. This includes his kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records and his adoption records. If you seek to set yourself above the public you should be beyond reproach in your dealings both public and private. The public has the right to know.

Remember kids: If you can’t set a good example you will have to serve as a bad one.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Consti Tution August 31, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Smell that people?? Smells like desperation comming from the left. They know their people have DESTROYED the liberal progressive dream of utopia. Now they can’t do nothing but complain about a man and a party that has been out of power for over 2 years…. it’s Bush’s economy my pretty tail feathers…. OBAMA has been running things for 2 years!!!!

Bob and Anonymous….

Man up and deal with the failure of the MAN YOU voted for. Put your big girl panties on and face the double dip DEPRESSION!!! Where’s the summer of recovery? It’s face down in the ditch Obama drove it into..

Sleep well….


Troy September 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm

That the man you are trying to say is not responsible for anything anymore had nothing to do with today’s recession is a bunch of BS. The credit and housing crisis that jumpstarted the recession directly relates to policies implemented during the Bush Administration. The fact that we are still fighting wars on two fronts that were actively and purposefully created by the same administration, paid for on credit and accompanied by tax cuts (to make it even worse) has nothing to do with the recession I guess. I can go on, but you get the picture. He may have been out of office for a year and a half (nice math Consti), but the issues that caused the recession that are legacies of the Bush Administration still remain. The signs of the recession were there for the Bush crew to read, but they did not want to see them and figured they could push it off on the next guy if they ignored it hard enough. Just create another boogey man like gay marriage or keep the eyes of America on a trumped up terrorist threat and all will be just fine.

That it is all Obama’s fault now, considering that for the first year of his presidency we were still operating on the budget approved by the previous administration and his budget has only been in place for about 6 months, is a crock as well. I’m sure you would be more than willing to give credit to Bush from day one of his administration for the economic boon that existed for the first year and a half and ignore the fact that Clinton handed him a prosperous nation with a balanced budget to start from. What were we left with at the end of his term? A wreck. Just how is Obama supposed to fix 8 years of mismanagement in 6 months to a year and a half with a hostile divided Congress stuffed with the obstructionist Party of No whose only concern seems to be gaining seats in November.

The GOP is hoping that Americans have a very short memory and have forgotten all about the party that got us into this foreign policy and economic mess we are in today. Bush Sr. was a failure in regard to domestic economic policy and so was his son. Too bad W didn’t inherit his father’s foreign policy smarts. Bush Sr. knew when to fold his hand and pull away from the game a winner, W sends more troops…a tactic that failed to work in Vietnam too.


Consti Tution September 8, 2010 at 9:20 am


Lets see here…

1. I never said in the article that Bush wasn’t responsible for anything. I have many time in the past said that Bush failed in several areas. So your assumption of that is false.
2. The credit and housing crisis that started all of this was the result of a democratic congress insisting that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac make loans to people who couldn’t afford their houses. They lowered the deposit to 5%. So yes the policies WERE implemented during the Bush administration, BY A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS!! Or did you forget that fact?
3. As for fighting two wars on credit let me remind you that OBAMA HAS INCREASED THE DEFICIT MORE THAN ANY PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. From George Washington to George Bush. And to add insult to injury while campaigning he PROMISED to cut the deficit but quadrupled it!
4. Bush was handed a deficit not a surplus from Clinton. Try researching for yourself the truth. And while we are at it the Stimulus was supposed to keep unemployment below 8%. Today we are at 9.6% AND THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT MORE STIMULUS!! They haven’t even spent half of the first one. And if the economy is so IMPORTANT THEN WHY WASTE A YEAR AND A HALF ON HEALTHCARE?? Why not solve the economy first?
5. As for the myth about the party of NO. I got news for you pal the Republicans have proposed MANY options in the past year that democraps IGNORED!! To the point of locking them out of meeting rooms.

So here’s the point. This is OBAMA’s DEPRESSION now. It’s his economy now after a year and a half. You can make many changes in that time but he squandered it on the largest governmental power grab in history. You are nothing more than typical talking points from the DNCC. You have no facts that are verifiable and you are ignorant of the realities of today. Just like Obama.

For the rest of us….

This is the typical tripe that the DNCC is going to throw at us for the next few months. Truth of the matter is that A DEMOCRATICALLY CONTROLLED CONGRESS during the Bush administration has done this.


Anonymous September 9, 2010 at 8:37 pm


Please reread your history before blaming a Democratic Congress for Bush’s push for braoder homeownership…

“In changing times, ownership can bring stability to your lives,” he said Sept. 13, 2002 in Holland, Mich. “One of the great statistics of the last couple of years is the homeownership rate is at an all-time high in America. We got a plan to continue homeownership in America. I love the fact when people from all walks of life can open up the door where they’re living and say, ‘Welcome to my home. Welcome to my piece of property.’”

The Bush administration has pursued this housing goal in two ways: by making it easier to buy a home with a low down payment, and by threatening to punish FHA lenders that foreclose too eagerly.

In December, Bush signed the American Dream Downpayment Initiative, a program that provides grants to low-income home buyers to pay their down payments and closing costs. This year he proposed the Zero Downpayment Initiative, which would allow the Federal Housing Administration to insure mortgages with no down payments; current law requires a down payment of at least 3 percent. That bill didn’t get out of its House committee because congressional leaders didn’t have time to resolve conflicting estimates of the cost before election season got into full swing.

Bush WAS handed a budget with a surplus. He squandered that surplus within 2 years of when Clinton left office…FACT! The surplus in 2000 was along the lines of $236.2 billion. That is different from the deficit that has been a running tab from the REagan Administration, who was the last GOP pres to bloat the deficit for 8 years.

We were at a beyond record deficit before Obama took office. Even if he had only added a DOLLAR, it would be another record. Maybe you need to see the breakdown of how the deficit stacks up before you take Bush off the hook and lay the blame solely on Obama.

Get the facts straight first, then make your case.

Plant? Just because someone has the facts and uses them, they’re a plant? Please—then what does that make you? A GOP SHILL, if you ask me. A plant would at least TRY to have the real facts and use them. But we have all seen your track record with those pesky things called facts…


J Byron OutRageToday.Com September 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

The following link is a conservative website, HOWEVER, you will find an absolute library of proof (sourced) that this meltdown was not only a Liberal Democratic “Vision”, but in great detail “who” , “when” and “hows” to where we find ourselves.
Bush was a minor player indeed.

Consti Tution September 13, 2010 at 7:59 am

Notice how the commentor fails to mention that for 4 of Bush’s last 8 years the Democrats were holding the purse strings on congress… Notice also how he gives Barny Frank a pass for forcing the lending industry to make loans to people who couldn’t afford it. Blaming Bush 2 years into Obama’s reign is all these progressive liberals have left since their policies have done nothing but make the situation worse.

Say it with me OBAMA HAS INCREASED THE DEBT MORE THAN ANY PRESIDENT SINCE GEORGE WASHINGTON!! And that is a fact my liberal friend… I suggest you come to terms with it.

Anonymous August 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Democrats are not the ones who pledge to maintain the principals of conservatism–Republicans are. It is far more accurate to hold them up to the harsh light of criticism than Dems, but the author chooses instead to use his vaunted “principles” as an excuse to attack the party that has never held high the conservative banner.

From what I see here and in Washington, one of the other “principles” of conservatism, especially in practice, is hypocrisy.


Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm

So tell me then Anonymous what “principles” does the Democratic party stand for? Bigger government? Redistribution of wealth? Suing the sovrign states? Welcomming illegals here with public funding? It’s easy to criticise byt since you provide no “principles” that they stand on your comment provides nothing to the conversation. Attack “the author” all you like but again… criticism not solutions is all I hear from you. And why should ANY good politician be held to basic principles as outlined in the constitution? Are you saying we should give demorats a pass just because they have a D behind their name? They shouldn’t be held to the standards of the American people?

Give me a break.

I smell liberal plant.


Bob August 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I notice your list only includes Democrats. I guess the GOP is a party of innocents…Let’s throw up a few examples for each number, just for a LITTLE objectivity, shall we? Call this whole article for what it really is–a swipe on Dems. You don’t care about any of these things or the pols who do not follow these “Ten Commandments” or your list would include Republicans–LOTS of REpublicans past and present. That Tom DeLay was not mentioned there even ONCE, just for his dealings with Grover Norquist and Jack Abramoff ALONE is indicative of your lack of desire to recognize the TRUTH! You talk about safeguarding the Constitution and rights–the GOP sponsored a former GRAND WIZARD OF THE KKK FOR NATIONAL OFFICE, or was David Duke too long ago for you to remember?


1. Bill Young, Thad Cochran, Bridge to Nowhere, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
2. and 3.-Simple–Patriot Act, hands down, as well as Eisenhower and Co. adding “In God we trust” to currency and “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance
4. The furor over imminent domain came to the forefront with a case in Stockbridge, GA. The mayor of that town, as well as all of the leadership in that county is solidly Republican.
5. Tom DeLay, Spiro Agnew, Mark Sanford, Richard Nixon, Dubya (Iraq and Afghanistan just for starters), Ronald Reagan (Iran Contra)
6. Where do I start? Tom DeLay, Nathan Deal, Newt Gingrich, Richard Nixon, Dick Cheney, John Ensign, Mitch McConnell, Don Young, Saxby-Chambliss, Richard Daley along with the McKenna family in IL, Spiro Agnew, Adam Kidan, Bob Ney, Lisa and Frank Murkowski along with Ted and Bob stevens and a whole host of other AK GOP, Bill Frist, Conrad Burns, Dennis Hastert, Pete Sessions, Randy Cunningham and the 10 GOP members of the self-appointed Corrupt Bastards Club
7.Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachmann, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Jesse Helms, Sarah Palin
8. Paul Broun, Jeff Sessions, Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond, chuck Gray, David Duke
9. Again, where to start? Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, Dick Armey, Orin Hatch, Trent Lott, Tom DeLay
10. Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Dubya–all refused to submit possibly incriminating evidence under the guise of “Executive Priveledge” or “National Security”


J Byron of August 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm


Your shot gun is filled with blanks. All noise and thunder, hitting nothing. Your target? Insignuations in a fog of unimportant accusations. Principles Bob. What of Principles that made and will keep this nation great?

I invite you to re-read the article, you’ve missed the point. The I invite you to follow the link below and watch a simple minute or two video. Medicine will only help if you take it. But surely your therapist must have said as much.
Just cut and paste, it will help you, really.


Consti Tution August 31, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Delay was cleared of charges after the Democratic wich hunt… perhaps you should pick up a news paper and do your research. And again what part of “all politicians” did you not get the first time you read this??


Consti Tution August 31, 2010 at 4:20 pm

oh and bob while we’re at it I can name names too… Rangle, waters, Geithner, clinton, blah blah blah… you make it as if the republicans are the only ones with skelletons… in your words…


The Democrats are just as slimey… so much for transparency eh? How about that promise of draining the swamp? Or unemployment won’t go past 8%… you have to drudge up OLD stuff because you got NOTHING CURRENT!!!

Typical talking points…. I smell liberal plant here too….


J Byron of OutRageToday.Com August 27, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Brilliant Consti! A damn fine focus on what this country used to stand for.

I hope this is one of those articles that gets passed on and on. I will do my part and forward it to my e-mail lists.

What I can’t understand is why a copy like this was not achieved and widely circulated by the GOP, or conservative election organizations 22 months ago.

It seems this (even as a more condensed document) would resonate with America. It goes against the current grain and we need a 10 commandments that the average Joe can get behind, AND VOTE accordingly! A NEW CONTRACT WITH AMERICA based on PRINCIPLES rather than the Newt specific bill type contract would change or at least influence the masses of our once great country,

IF THEY SEE, THINK and INTERNALIZE these fundimental Principles.


Consti Tution August 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

J Byron,

Condensed? I thought 1,450 words was a little winded. ;-)

“What I can’t understand is why a copy like this was not achieved and widely circulated by the GOP, or conservative election organizations 22 months ago.”

I’ve heard noise about the “Contract FOR America” as opposed to the old hat of “Contract WITH America.” Personally I don’t condone the idea of a contract at all. It limits you to what can and can’t be done. And you can be held to narrowly to it’s conditions. That’s part of the reason I wrote it as commandments since those are more “words to live by.” Leaving you free to go beyond them but at the very least be held to them. Supposidly this new “contract” is to be released, but frankly I’m with you it’s too late.

I think it’s safe to say that the Republicants have been sitting back licking their wounds since Obama was elected. Besides it’s more fun to watch an opponent shoot themselves in the foot time and time again. So I believe they have been sitting back and watching them implode as they knew they would. That and trying to keep their own voting record out of the news. (Like that’s hard given 88% of news people donated $1 million to democrats and their party.)

The Republicans seem to know one thing the Dems never get. And that is the country is middle-right leaning. (For now if the damages in the school systems isn’t too bad.) However this “sit back” attitude is one that has frustrated me about the Republicants since the election. I think it’s why you saw the rise of the tea-party in that many looked to them for rational intervention and found none. Leaving the people to have to do it for themselves. (Personally I prefer it that way. Individual responsibility right Laura?)


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