KC Burke
Since May 6, 1999

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Conservatism is alive and well in the Heart of America.
AND also now in the Phoenix Valley since I have moved out here.

"All which a man without authority can give, -- his unbiased opinion, his honest advice, and his best reasons."
Edmund Burke(1791.)

"The world is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time; so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and to save the world from suicide."
T.S. Eliot, Christianity and Culture

What is the most simple means to convey where the term conservative comes from? Why not go to the man to whom the term was first applied by French writers:
"A state without the means of change is without the means of its conservation."
Edmund Burke

We therefore see that where Tories meant to leave things unchanged and to unflinchingly preserve, the Old Whigs, such as Burke, were true reformers who meant to conserve by carefull reform as time and culture progressed and changed.

You can have all the democracy you want, all the free trade you can foster, all the metaphysical Rights you can write on volumes of paper, but if you don't have Prescriptive Property Rights enforced by a Settled Order and formula for recognition under the Rule of Law, and of course, the type of Ordered Liberty that is translating day-by-day into Justice, you will have no prosperity and no liberty.
KC Burke

What is conservatism and how is it distinguished from the root word "conserve" often thought to be a defining and limiting decription of the overall group of principles?

Conservatives aren’t, as is often claimed, the trolls standing athwart the path of history, yelling, Stop!

Instead, they are those that are aware of the value of what they have inherited: their heritage, their patrimony, their culture. Understanding that the best way to preserve those things is by slow and careful change and reform made in, and by, the time honored and settled means accepted in an ordered society, they work for preservation through innovation. We should understand conservative in a political sense by relating to the root word and how it relates to the definition of "save". That is what conservatism does: it saves what is of value in our culture and society; indeed saves our nation.

Conservatives know that change for change’s sake produces upheaval, injustice and takes from one for another. Knowing the imperfectability of man, they have a rightful distrust of his schemes, calculations and metaphysics and instead trust in mankind, as a whole, and their Maker.
KC Burke

President Taft confronted the issue of so-called Human Rights in 1912 recoginizing them for what they were, a construct meant to trump Property Rights. I have stolen a find from nicolo as follows. Taft stated:

It has been said, and it is a common platform expression, that it is well to prefer the man above the dollar, as if the preservation of property rights has some other purpose than the assistance to and the uplifting of human rights. Private property was not established in order to gratify love of some material wealth or capital. It was established as an instrumentality in the progress of civilization and the uplifting of man, and it is equality of opportunity that private property promotes by assuring to man the result of his own labor, thrift, and self-restraint.

When, therefore, the demagogue mounts the platform and announces that he prefers the man above the dollar, he ought to be interrogated as to what he means thereby -- whether he is in favor of abolishing the right of the institution of private property and of taking away from the poor man the opportunity to become wealthy by the use of the abilities that God has given him, the cultivation of the virtues with which practice of self-restraint and the exercise of moral courage will fortify him.

A fellow freeper asked me to save a particular post I made to be refered to by others, so here it is below.

To: hippibillie

Hi hippiebillie.

To make a flip reply, I would contend that you transposed your political terms when you said:

the only difference between a liberal and conservative in my opinion is that while both may have the same views, a liberal is not going to use legislation to force his/her views onto others.

Why do I contend that you may ask? Well from history, I would reply. If you look at all of modern society from the French Revolution on, liberals or as I would have it, militant leftists, have in country after country, age after age, done nothing more than force their views onto others through centralized legislation or decree.

Leftist law is (1) centralized; (2) always expressed as the "will of the people", the only answer, or Majority Rule; and (3) always rationalistic and formed fresh from metaphysical opinion, leaving society disrupted and unsettled.

On the other hand, conservative societies have always had law originate as close to local units as possible. It has always based its law on respect for settled Order, relying on custom, convention and accepted prescriptive rights to form law in a preserving manner. Preserving what is good and reforming carefully what hasn't continued to assist Order.

Why do I use the term Order?

Because first and foremost, conservatives believe in an Enduring Moral Order. Such for Man and such for the State.

Belief in that Enduring Moral Order helps avoid the flawed nature of man, his imperfectability, and that nature showing itself in his passions, rationality, metaphysical constructs and schemes for earthly salvation through those traits expressed in government.

A conservative then, avoids his own opinion when constructing, preserving and reforming the State as he attends to the duty of preservation. He uses instead of his opinion, the settled and respected culture and the Moral Order mirrored by the best of his patrimony to form his laws and execute public government.

Legislators of the leftist mind or the conservative mind therefore utilize just the opposite of what you claim.

Likewise, executives and judges of the conservative sensibility, execute their oaths and set aside their opinions and personal morality, unlike the leftists in such positions that always claim a crisis makes them reach for "justice", "equality", "human rights" and other things they redefine from moment to moment.

We could go to Lincoln for an example, but lets just look to Florida. The young child Elian is seized at gun point by the leftist Attorney General and in this Easter's tragic events the sworn conservative Governor must serve his oath and leave aside his personal anguish for justice and moral right.

I relish our individual helplessness in the face of evil. It guarantees a thoughtful people will work for reform and wrestle power from a judicial arm run amok.

13 posted on 03/25/2005 12:30:23 AM CST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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Another fine quote to have for easy reference is from Roger Baldwin the Founder of the ACLU:

"I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control of those that produce wealth: Communism is the Goal"
Now isn't that revealing counterpoint to their supposed mission statements?

This truely vile Immigration Reform Bill brings to mind a quotation from Burke when speaking of the French he says what we can style for the Senior Senators:

"It cannot at this time be too often repeated; line upon line; precept upon precept; until it comes into the currency of a proverb, to innovate is not to reform. The..." [Senior Senators]"...complained of everything; they refused to reform anything; and they left nothing, no, nothing at all unchanged. The consequences are before us,—not in remote history; not in future prognostication: they are about us; they are upon us. They shake the public security; they menace private enjoyment. They dwarf the growth of the young; they break the quiet of the old. If we travel, they stop our way. They infest us in town; they pursue us to the country. Our business is interrupted; our repose is troubled; our pleasures are saddened; our very studies are poisoned and perverted, and knowledge is rendered worse than ignorance, by the enormous evils of this dreadful innovation."

'Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we're not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak,'

-1984 Part 1, Chapter 5 (with a hat-tip to KarlInOhio)

“You put them first, and they put you last. ‘Cause you’re a chump. A political chump! … Any time you throw your weight behind a political party that controls two-thirds of the government, and that party can’t keep the promise that it made to you during election time, and you are dumb enough to walk around continuing to identify yourself with that party — you’re not only a chump but you’re a traitor to your race.” — Malcolm X

It is the enrollment and compliance website that doesn't work and has never worked for a healthcare takeover that doesn't work and will never work, sold to service a constituancy that doesn't work and has never worked to pay for their own healthcare.

“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

— Frederick Douglass, August 3, 1857

'Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Qur'an should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth'

-- Omar Ahmed, Chairman of the Board of CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations) San Ramon Valley Herald, July 1998

My wife says that social welfare programs were implemented to be a safety net not a hammock.