By Sue Kim
It can feel very lonely to be a conservative Asian woman in New York City – a vastly liberal city. When Liberals hear the word “conservative”, they often think “White, red-neck, Chick-fil-a loving, Fox News watching, Donald Trump voting, and firearm loving ignoramus.” Conservative Republicans are often portrayed as racist, misogynist, war-mongering, bigoted, and contemptuous of the poor and downtrodden. This stereotype of conservatives propagated by liberals tends to be a big lie. The media, academia, and Hollywood are majority liberal and they promote this myth that conservatives are stupid and hateful people but, nothing could be further from the truth. I believe that conservatism is based on humanistic values and America will be better when liberals understand personal responsibility. The world is more conservative than you would think, myself included.
At its core, conservatism is about individual liberty and personal responsibility. It is also about a respect for the importance of our founding document, the Constitution. The Framers of the Constitution were very wary of an overpowering central government, because of their experiences with the English Monarchy. The Constitution seeks to limit the power of the central government over the individual and protect and celebrate the individual through promoting liberty and free choice. The role of our government is not to guarantee material wealth for every citizen, but to allow every citizen to pursue their own prosperity by the virtue of their hard work, initiative, and natural abilities. Yes, of course all Americans should have access to a public education and healthcare. Conservatives believe in equal opportunity, not guaranteeing equal outcomes. The nature of a free society is that people will be unequal. In a free society there will always be the wealthy, the poor, and the middle class. We are not all equal, but as a country we strive for equal opportunity.
Socialist countries such as Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea purport to guarantee social and economic equality but inexorably have a high degree of human misery. The purpose of both American domestic and foreign policy should be to protect our society and allow it to advance. Of course we are compassionate people and conservatives believe in a safety net for the poor and truly needy. However, that is very difficult from a redistribution of wealth, which is not a government’s role and it hurts American productivity. Capitalism is the freedom to engage in economic prosperity for a society. The common core of conservatism is conserving American values, American values on the right still exist today.
The best way for the Liberals to unite with the conservatives is to grow up and face reality, such as working a full time job, taxes, experience how the real world operates and see where their tax dollars go. Taxes are meant to go for civil servants, not Social Justice. However, this is not the case with modern day liberals. In modern day liberalism, the urgent issues are feminism, transgender restrooms, minority oppression, LGBTQ+, multiculturalism and blaming everything on White people. If taxes go to “social justice warriors” how can a country survive and thrive? America was meant to be a free country, where the government doesn’t distribute money for social engineering. Liberals must leave their comfort zone, be the “tolerant” people they call themselves. I believe conservative principles and policies benefit all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation better than liberal ideas. If people do this, this will save the taxpayer and economy millions. I suggest watching Fox News, reading the Drudge Report and Judicial Watch, listen to talk show commentators such as Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, see what the rest of middle America is like. These are some resources that have helped me understand why conservatives think the way they do.
As a Conservative Asian woman, I’m not alone, and many people in my position share my ideals. People say I’m a self-hating Asian” because I am conservative. This is the silliness and intolerance of the Left. It is racist and arrogant to say that because someone if of a particular ethnicity, religion, or race – that they have to support Liberal Democrats. As Americans, we are free to think and vote as we choose. I am proud of my Asian heritage but also of our common American heritage. I am proud of American traditions and culture. As a constitutional Republic, America is the envy of the world, and the greatest force for good in the world.