People often ask why we are Conservatives in regard to Government and “suspicious” of the State in any presumptuous exercise of power.

People often ask why we are Conservatives in regard to Government and “suspicious” of the State in any presumptuous exercise of power.

We have our reasons:

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Washington

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Jefferson

“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed – unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” Madison

“Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” Adams

“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Franklin

“This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” Reagan

“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” Madison

“A government of laws, and not of men.” Adams

“Even the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality – an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order.

If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.” Hayek

“Families are the Nurseries of all Societies; and the First combinations of mankind.” Cotton Mather

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Lincoln

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” Adams

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.” Lincoln

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” J. Quincy Adams

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” Madison

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” Jefferson

“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” Washington

“Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.” Hamilton

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.” Lincoln

“The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.” Adams

“The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.” Hamilton

“I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.” Adams

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.” Lincoln

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” Lincoln

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” The Declaration of Independence – Jefferson and the Congress

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3 thoughts on “People often ask why we are Conservatives in regard to Government and “suspicious” of the State in any presumptuous exercise of power.

  1. Interesting collection of insights by reputable figures in American political history. But no way do they support today’s typical “conservative” beliefs and practices. Today’s “Conservatives” too much demand unaccountable “liberty,” for particular classes they consider deserving, to grasp for themselves and to control and exploit those they feel at liberty to consider undeserving.

    Do remember that the Declaration is an exhortation, not an enforceable legal document as is the Constitution. Failure to understand this has led many of a libertarian mindset to misappropriate that word “liberty” in a way that is not at all consistent with and supported by the Constitution.

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  2. “Do remember that the Declaration is an exhortation, not an enforceable legal document as is the Constitution.”

    But the Constitution is interpreted in light of the D of I.

    And we could just as easily say that “Today’s “LIBERALS” too much demand unaccountable “liberty,” for particular classes they consider deserving, to grasp for themselves and to control and exploit those they feel at liberty to consider undeserving.”

    When I read that statement I immediately thought of the current administration!

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this post and very much agree! It is very difficult for me to constantly to explain even to other Christians in my family that are more liberal minded than I am why I believe in preserving the constitution so much. People constantly are telling me I need to get with the times and that things in the constitution need to change, however I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this constitution is the last defense for our civil liberties, and these liberties, these God given freedoms, our natural rights are the rights that give us the ability to have the freedom of conscience so that when certain situations arise we have the freedom to follow God in good conscience without having to break the laws of our nation by doing so.
    Thanks again for the post ^_^

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