What is Conservatism? [Part 2]
Conservatism: The disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change (via Dictionary.com).
Another definition comes from the World English Dictionary: A political philosophy advocating the preservation of the best of the established order in society and opposing radical change (also at Dictionary.com). What does this have to do with anything? Well, the very definitions of conservatism are the exact message we as conservatives seek to convey. Our mission is to preserve the Constitution and limit change to it. We have a “political philosophy advocating the preservation” of our Constitution. Most conservatives do believe that, though written over two hundred years ago, our Constitution is a document that should still guide our country. The principles found in it are the same things we need to come back to if we want this country to succeed in the future.
A fundamental element of conservatism, along with fear of God and smaller government (the latter will be expanded on in the coming days), is the preservation of the Constitution. It was our founding document and guided our country for decades; and as a whole, this country has thrived under it. Granted, we have been involved in numerous wars and even a Great Depression; but none of that had to do with our most important legal document. It had to do with the times. The Constitution, contrary to some people’s arguments (Pelosi!), does not need to be re-written. The Bill of Rights does not need to be re-written. Our Constitution is alive and well. As conservatives, we have taken it upon ourselves to see that its preservation continues. The U.S. Constitution is established. It has been proven. Necessary changes have been made to it– outlawing slavery, establishing citizenship rights, giving women the right to vote– and I’m not saying there aren’t more changes that can and should be made.
The preservation of the Constitution is a foremost priority for conservatives. We still believe in its value. We need the stability of having a Constitution so rooted in strong principles if we wish for our success to continue. Just think of what might be included if our Constitution were to be re-written! “The richer you are, the more you will contribute to society; you have the right to do whatever your heart tells you; your right to free speech no longer exists, and from this point forward all of your words must be approved by the closest law enforcement officer.” Those are just the first few things that come to mind about a new, socialist Constitution. The Constitution that was written two hundred years ago is working out just fine. We are still the leaders of the free world, and people still flock to America by the thousands each year with the dream of living under that very Constitution. Why change it? As conservatives, we see no need to. Our duty is to defend this Constitution against its detractors.