What is in a name? Depends on who you ask. Chuck Muth lives and dies by the word “conservative.” He says he isn’t a Republican, he’s a conservative. He also imagines himself as the definitor of the word.
We had a little conversation on Twitter today about the subject. After noticing he and Nevada Assemblyman Mark Sherwood going at it, I had to ask why he thinks only he defines “conservative.” He never answered my question, but apparently, Chuck Muth is living under the assumption that anyone who raises taxes can’t be a conservative.
Duh, what? What does that make Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr.? Oh, and apparently Governor Sandoval, Mark Sherwood, and several other Republicans in Nevada are also not “conservatives.”
The logic that followed in our conversation was telling. He informed me that because I was unaware of who Reagan adviser Lyn Nofziger was, and because I publish a “liberal blog,” that I couldn’t conceptualize what a conservative was. That makes sense…only in the illogical world of Chuck Muth.
So what exactly is a conservative then? The truth is that there are no set parameters. It’s subjective, it’s an identity, and it’s ideas. There are a lot of generalities we can make from observing the masses who identify themselves as such. They are for smaller government. They believe in lower taxes. They believe that government should focus on upholding the constitution, providing security, and filling pot holes. Of course that is all relative, right?
The truth is, if you ask 20 different conservatives, you’ll get 20 different answers. It’s subjective. What Illinois conservatives consider “small government” is entirely different than what Nevada conservatives think. Even in Nevada, there is a wide array of disagreement about the subject.
I’d rather define Chuck Muth. Chuck is stubborn, authoritative, divisive and cannibalistic within his own party. Glad to have him around. LOL
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Justin is also an associate at the Ramirez Group in Las Vegas. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee