Do you believe America should be led by conservative principles and that the US would be a stronger nation because of it? Would you have taken the conservative position and supported conservatism throughout the history of the country, especially during the most consequential periods and events since America’s founding?
For example: Would you have supported the conservative position during key historical moments like: The American Revolution, Civil War, Civil Rights Movement and others? And, if the US consistently took the conservative path throughout its history, do you think the country would be better off?
PRINCIPALS OF CONSERVATISM
Definitions of conservatism center on the desire to preserve and defend long-time traditional values and institutions. In short: protecting the status quo and fighting against societal change — especially widespread, transformative change. Some definitions below for reference:
- CONSERVATISM: A political philosophy or attitude that emphasizes respect for traditional institutions and opposes the attempt to achieve social change though legislation or publicly funded programs.
- CONSERVATISM: The disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change
- CONSERVATISM: An aesthetic, cultural, social, and political philosophy, which seeks to promote and to preserve traditional social institutions. Adherents of conservatism often oppose modernism and seek a return to traditional values.
- There’s also the famous, widely cited definition by William F. Buckley, one of the most influential conservative leaders in history: “A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling STOP, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”
KEY MOMENTS IN U.S. HISTORY
Would you have taken the conservative position during the following events? Would the U.S. be better off if conservative principles were followed during these pivotal moments and events?
- American Revolution: At the time of the American Revolution, the status quo, traditions and institutions of society were centered on European colonial power. The conservative position at this time was held by the Loyalists/Tories/Royalists), who wanted to remain a British colony and strongly opposed the radical change and upending of society/institutions that came with revolution against the Crown.
- Abolition movement/Civil War: In the 1800s, the status quo was a nation where a sizable portion of the country relied heavily on the institution of slavery. This dynamic was embedded into the country’s traditions, economy and way of life since its founding. Abolishing slavery meant upending and completely transforming America’s economic system, culture and way of life. Taking the conservative position here meant fighting to preserve that culture, economic system, institution and way of life.
- Women’s suffrage/civil rights movement: Until these movements occurred, the status quo/tradition/culture in America involved restricting women and Black people from the political process/power structure. Changing that by expanding voting rights to women/Black people and ending state-sponsored discrimination and segregation meant once again upending an enormous portions of American society, economics, traditions and values. Taking the conservative position during these movements meant fighting against that transformative societal change and fighting to preserve the power structure/political process that was part of America since its founding — one that excluded these groups.
Similar dynamics were present throughout periods of change in America’s history. It all goes back to my original question: Do you believe America should be led by conservative principles and that the US would be a stronger nation because of it? Would you have taken the conservative position and supported conservatism throughout the history of the country, especially during the most consequential periods and events since America’s founding?
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Thank you.
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