An Open Letter to Conservatives

Dear Conservatives,

You thought the state was your friend. You introduced the Marriage Act in 1961 and on some level that is understandable. The temptation to do so must have been irresistible. It centralised and standardised a definition of of marriage in Australia that reflected your own views and invalidated others that did not. The power of the State must have seemed wonderful when it was used to protect and expand your firmly held beliefs.

But soon the Marriage Law postal survey results will prove that the state can never be trusted. It is never your friend, it is never there to protect you. It’s power is amoral. It exists to be contested, fought over and used by the victors to validate their view of the world, just as you used it to validate yours. And soon that State will be further co-opted to introduce additional controls over the education of your children and your churches. You will naturally consider it unfair that the omnipotent power of the State can be used against you, and I will agree with you. But, do you expect others to feel sorry for you?

Well, you had no need to co-opt the State in 1961. You had what you wanted. Marriage was popular and your churches maintained control over who they could marry. But you got greedy, you used that popularity to try and force all people to adhere to your view. And at that point you stopped being Conservative, you stopped supporting your traditional institutions and you instead became coercive. You sought power and used force to try and impose your view of marriage on all. At that point you actually became what you now despise; Cultural Marxists.

Do I feel sorry for you? Certainly not, I blame you! You are complicit in introducing government coercion into institutions that the State has no business being in. The question for you now is, have you learnt your lesson? Do you truly understand that the power of the State is only ever temporarily in your hands and that if you want power now it will inevitably end up in your opponent’s hands later. Do you now understand that government is not your friend even when it’s imposing “the will of the people” on the minority. Finally, do you understand that small government, one that leaves individuals substantially alone, is the only political position consistent with being Conservative?

Yours sincerely

Andrew Cooper
President & founder
LibertyWorks Inc.

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