me, in a nutshell … or not
Conservative Vegan seems a bit of an oxymoron, doesn’t it?
Well, after decades of thoughtful insight and accumulated ‘ah-hah’ moments, I can tell you it is not. Contrary to liberal ideology, conservatism and veganism share essential core principles and values. Since I have embraced veganism my life has been fundamentally transformed both spiritually and outwardly.
Before anything I am Roman Catholic. Not a Newchurch Catholic, but a pre-Vatican II Traditional Catholic who attends Tridentine Latin Mass every Sunday. Well, nearly every Sunday. Nobody’s perfect. ;) From my faith flows all that I hold sacred: God’s redeeming love, a strong sense of right and wrong, charity, free will, family, and the the sacredness of life. Bound by this system of complimentary beliefs and values, my faith, conservatism and veganism integrate seamlessly into my daily life.
As a Reagan conservative I believe in limited government, a free market economy, low taxes, a strong national defense and freedom of religion and expression. I support the second amendment, and as a responsible gun owner I am prepared to protect my life, my loved ones, my home and country with my S&W 686+ .357 Magnum (for protection) and S&W .22 (for target shooting). I am NRA certified in Basic Pistol/Revolver Shooting, and Home Firearm Safety. I am against hunting for sport but I will defend your right to do so in the hope that you will someday see the light.
Basically, there are health vegans and ethical vegans. Many vegans are both, which would be me. Health-wise, I believe that a diet high in animal fat and casein from dairy products is a trigger for many of our Western diseases, particularly heart disease and cancer. And from an ethical standpoint, I believe that God’s instruction for mankind to behave as benevolent stewards of His kingdom on earth has been a tragic failure. Mankind must cease to be motivated by selfish, political and monetary gain, and instead work to eliminate the shameful and gruesome inhumane practices of factory farming for food and fur, indiscriminate hunting, poaching and other animal cruelties that threaten the very definition of our humanity.
Each of us is responsible for preserving this beautiful Earth that God created for us and all His creations. However, unless we protect our liberty and our security our children will not have a healthy environment to enjoy. Therefore, we cannot preserve our environment at the risk of losing our security. To that end we can and must responsibly extract fossil fuels in our own country while we develop reasonable alternatives resources. As well, the man-made global warming hoax should be ended before there is any further consideration of instituting the financially disastrous Cap and Trade bill. These are just two of many politically charged issues propped up by the Progressive ideology of the Far Left that threaten to irrevocably harm the security of our country.
Most importantly, preserving our environment begins at home. If we all choose to live simply, eat healthfully, consume minimally, acquire in moderation, and treat others, animals and our surrounding environment with respect and kindness we would not be facing most of our impending financial, environmental and social calamities.
This also explains why I am Pro-Life, why I believe that human life is God-given and precious, that it begins at conception, that to willfully kill innocent life is murder. Conversely, I believe Capital Punishment is warranted in certain complicated cases. Even Christ believed in it.
I can assure you that I have not come by my views lightly. Youthful boneheaded decisions, misguided beliefs and abdicated values were followed by years of soul searching, Bible study, prayer and meditation, reading, examining relationships, observing – and plain ol’ thinking. From all of this I can attribute the present clarity of my humbled and resolute heart, mind and soul to the unbending strength of my faith in my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.