Edmond Burke, the great political philosopher, said change as reform was intended to preserve and improve the basic institutions of the state. Change as innovation was destructive as a radical departure from the past and the substitution of existing institutions of the state with potential dangerous experiments. Furthermore, the socialist often justifies change as conferring new, abstract rights, which is nothing more than a socialist deception intended to empower the state and deny man his real rights. Change unconstrained by prudence produces unpredictable consequences, threatening liberty with chaos, and destroying the very principles the conservative holds dear.
The conservative seeks to preserve and improve the civil society, not substitute radical changes in our social fabric. The Republicans introduced many bills to reform health care. Sen. Obama voted against all of them as they dealt with existing private insurance companies. President Obama doesn't want the private sector to run the health care field. His new plan introduces a radical government-run program, which will bankrupt our country. The first step in reform should be to have lawsuit reform, stop the frivolous lawsuits and limit excessive jury verdicts. Obama has said many times he is against tort reform.
The extreme left is dissatisfied with the condition of his own existence. He is angry, resentful and jealous. The group misuses the term "equality" to pursue uniform economic and social outcomes. President Obama made this point when lecturing at Wesleyan University when he said, "Our individual salvation depends on collective salvation." Is this statement socialistic or worse?
The main stream press echoes the philosophy of the extreme left. No matter how robust the economy, they claim the imminent threat of recession or depression. When economic hardship exists, often at the hand of the left, they join them by condemning the free market and advocating more government.
The free market is the most flexible and successful of economic systems. It inspires creativity and inventiveness. The free market creates more wealth and opportunities for more people than any other economic model. But absolute equality is impossible. The extreme left preaches about a class struggle and class envy, so excessive taxes are more easily sold to the masses.