What is this almost mystical link between Conservatism and The US Constitution?I say this as my opening salvo because I do not see liberalism touting the truth and strength of our Constitution, ever, to defend their ideals. Conservatism, as strictly a “political ideal”, would die without it. Time and again I see and hear Conservatism returning to the principles of our Constitution to refute and expose the dire policies and actions of our current administration and our current Congress, and the only retort the liberals can give is to insult us and call us names. Why can’t liberalism go to The Constitution to defend itself from this Conservative line of questioning?
Is it that as Conservatives, we are non-revisionistic in our beliefs, ie, we don’t believe The Constitution is an “evolving document” that will reflect our current society and change with our flavor-of-the-month social whims? Is it that The Constitution was indeed inspired by the Lord and His very Spirit is in the very words and principles of our Constitution, and to understand it one must first understand the Lord? Please consider the following statements:
President John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”
William Patterson, from New Jersey and an original signer of our Constitution said, “Religion and morality are necessary to good government, good order, and good laws, for when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.”
Take from these statements what you wish, but to me it is iron-clad proof, from men who were closer to the Constitution than anyone alive today, that there is an element of the Lord in our Constitution and in true government that cannot be escaped or ignored. I believe when these men referenced “religion”, they were speaking of the Lord and King I worship today. Oh, and it isn’t Obama, sorry. My songs of praise don’t have his name in them.
Am I saying this is strictly a religious thing? Am I saying that you cannot be a Conservative and not be a Christian? Am I saying you cannot be a liberal and be a Christian? Hardly. That is a blanket statement I am not prepared to make.
However, on the issues of morality and religion, I would say that an atheist or a God-hater will have a hell of a time, (no pun intended), wrapping their heads around the ideals of our Constitution, and will probably view it much like the vampires in the old Hammer films from the 60′s when a cross is displayed: They will hiss, recoil, and run away, plotting in themselves how they can destroy such an offensive object. I have yet to see liberalism, when manifested in the words or actions of one of its followers, say anything positive about The US Constitution as it was written.
I mentioned before that liberalism views our Constitution as an “evolving” document. Hmm… “Evolving” into what, pray tell? Things only evolve into better versions of what they were to begin with. Is someone going to write a better Constitution than what we have today? Curious. I suppose then we could finally remove the whole “our Creator” thing from our Constitution and make sure humanity gets all the credit.
Liberalism depends upon emotionalism to find its identity, and Conservatism is far from being overly emotional or excitable when crossed. And since liberalism is emotion-based, it has a lot of “gray area” in which it can zig and zag and use the excuse of, “Oh, that’s not what I really meant when I said….”. Conservatism, on the other hand, is based upon fact, accountability, historical realities, and common sense. None of those traits find themselves rooted in emotionalism or touchy-feely fancies. Truth, to us, never changes and isn’t relative, but absolute. Such is the “curse” of Conservatism, (he types with tongue-in-cheek.)I believe it is the fact that we, as Conservatives, are rooted in these truths that the US Constitution means so much to us. We rest in it. We read it and find peace and comfort in it. It is the only one of its kind- no other Nation on this planet has a Constitution like ours and no other Nation on this planet has an origin like ours. It is as perfect today as it was when it was written. We cling to our “guns and religion”, as so deftly put by a liberal, and are viewed as simpletons and hillbillies and rednecks who don’t know enough about the “really real world” of the liberal intellectual elitist. Fah.
I’ve seen the fruits of the “really real world” that the liberals all espouse. It is sorely lacking in morality and/or religion, (unless you consider protecting defenseless trees, whales, and frogs, yet discarding human babies into the trash bins behind your abortion mills religious activities of some sort). I’ve seen the people who preach liberalism and their inability to answer concrete and definitive questions with solid answers during Town Hall meetings. Not once did these liberals cite The US Constitution to uphold their ideals and policies. Side note: If Mr. Obama is an expert on The Constitution, I would love to read anything he has written about it.
I would like to be wrong about this. Even though liberals are complete opposites of who and what I am, they are still Americans. Americans should know The US Constitution and be able to reference it when needed for the instruction and correction of those who fall by the wayside of emotional ignorance. I wish that liberalism would embrace and drink from our Constitution. Perhaps it would open their eyes to see that Conservatism isn’t all about “racsim, hate-mongering, ignorance, and anti-Obamaness”. I would welcome any liberal who would wish to have an open debate with me regarding our Constitution and how it relates to government today. However, I may as well be wishing for a pony on my next birthday. It just won’t happen.
The connection between the US Constitution and Conservatism is simple enough: The Founding Fathers were not Pelosi, Frank, Reid, Holder, etc. The Founding Fathers were Conservatives who listened to the Lord and did not squander their new Nation, given to them by the Lord, with writing a useless and “evolving” document in which to govern it. If we could somehow go back to the late 1700s, I wonder how our current politicians would be viewed and judged by our Founding Fathers? But I digress…
I am a Conservative who has his feet planted firmly on The US Constitution in terms of proper governance, and I have my spirit rooted deeply in The Scriptures in terms of proper interaction with the world this side of Heaven, much like a large number of other Conservatives. I cannot be a Conservative and hate The Constitution. I cannot be a Conservative and view The Constitution as anything less than the pure inspiration and guidance of the Lord given to men to form this more Perfect Union.
You can view our Constitution without the spiritual eyes of a Christian, obviously. You can even say that our Constitution is perfectly written and applicable in today’s modern world, even hundreds of years after it was written. I still haven’t found a liberal who “gets it”, though. I still haven’t found a liberal who can reason and apply our Constitution to even the smallest of their ideals.
I suppose my intent on this article was to say, simply, that Conservatism is the champion of The US Constitution, while liberalism is the champion of, well, liberalism. Whenever a person is shot there is usually an outcry to ban handguns by liberals. How is this possible when our Constitution gives me the right to keep and bear arms? The liberal doesn’t see this, nor will they. An easy example, but effective nonetheless. To the liberal our Constitution is a pesky nuisance and shouldn’t be interpreted as being viable to today’s modern world, since so many things have changed in the last 200 and some years.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Conservatism and the Constitution..........
Chakam: I wonder what you think:
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