A MAN must be indifferent to the sneers of modern Englishmen to mention in their company, the names of Sidney Harrington, Locke, Milton, Nedham, Neville, Burnet, and Hoadley. – No small fortitude is necessary to confess that one has read them. The wretched condition of this country, however, for ten or fifteen years past, has frequently reminded me of their principles and reasonings. They will convince any candid mind, that there is no good government but what is Republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; because the very definition of a republic is an empire of laws, and not of men. That, as a Republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangement of the powers of society, or in other words that form of government, which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the laws, in the best of Republics. THESE COLONIES, under such forms of government, and in such a union would be unconquerable by all of the Monarchies of Europe.
I am not including the complete text of the letter, but the quoted portions will illustrate what was in the minds of our early patriots. The Constitution is not a living set of rules just to be interpreted, because when you begin to twist and interpret for political gain, you begin to kill the meaning. Our fathers of freedom were conservatives. They spoke of honor, freedom and the importance of moral content of our leaders. They believed that America was created as one nation under God. Until you understand the meaning of these words, you will not understand conservatism and the intent of what our forefathers laid out before us.
George Washington said in his farewell address to the nation on September 19, 1796: “There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the Administration of the Government and serve to keep alive the spirit of Liberty. This within certain limits is probably true—and in Governments of a Monarchical cast, Patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in Governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be, by force of public opinion, to mitigate & assuage it. A fire not to be quenched: it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into flame, lest instead of warming it should consume”.
In Ronald Reagan’s remarks, before the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Washington D.C., March 1, 1985, he said:
” We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to stand for something – for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.”
With your support, understanding, and trust, we will take our country back from the Progressive Liberal who offers false hope to those who are less fortunate than us. It is our responsibility to inform and to provide the direction needed to bring back a union of people, dedicated to the strength of the country, strength of neighborhood and strength of family and that believes in the concept of “American Exceptionalism” that was created for you by our forefathers.
We will never again allow politicians to evade their duty. We will never again allow politicians to discard our Constitution. We have the tools, we have the motivation and we are on the right side of history, with the best company possible. The company we keep is Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Lincoln, and Reagan. We have the memory of fallen patriots who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. Most important of all, we have the unborn to protect. We must preserve our freedoms and traditions so that future generations can enjoy them. We have our families to think of. It is their future that we must protect. The Constitution does not use the word “posterity” lightly. This is the future that our forefathers entrusted us with.
Let us go forward and plan the strategy that will replace those politicians in the next election, with those that will do for us, instead of doing for the party and the special interests.
We are the new patriots. We are the Americans with the faith and a desire to do this job. We all share a common destiny; it was given to us by those who wanted to be a free people with an exceptional heritage of greatness. This is what we are and this is why we will succeed. This is the definition of Our American Family!