Saturday, September 24, 2011

Conservatives, Sisyphus, and the Renewed Constitutional Movement

American Thinker

The key to saving America and its exceptional nature is in the math, but it's also very much about the law.  More and more people are coming to understand the inextricable link between the decline of American exceptionalism and government lawbreaking.

Rasmussen polling shows that only 28 percent of Americans believe that government operates with the consent of the governed.  Consent of the governed, of course, is one of the main principles of the Declaration of Independence.

Gallup polling has shown that for two decades, Americans who self-identify as conservatives outnumber liberals two to one.  Liberals, however, have disproportionate control of government.

Based on the math, it is an inescapable conclusion that conservatives are doing something wrong.

The intellectual underpinnings of the conservative movement, which began in the 1950s, were expressed by first-generation conservatives Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley, Jr. and the movement's earliest high-profile political leaders, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.  The foundations of the conservative movement were grounded solidly in Madisonian liberal constitutionalism.

First-generation conservatives reacted to the post-Wilson/Roosevelt America that had shifted away from principles of individual liberty and property rights and towards big-government statism.  The early conservative movement also battled big-government, establishment Republicans, epitomized by Nelson Rockefeller, over the heart and soul of the Republican Party.

Conservatives have had a problem governing because, for the most part, statists control the halls of government power.  Statists therefore control the levers of the law, and they have turned the law against constitutional principles. 

Unless we reclaim the rule of law, conservatives will forever be like Sisyphus, the king in Greek mythology punished for eternity to push a rock uphill, only to watch it roll back down over and over again.

To coincide with Constitution Day, but with themes intended to influence the 2012 election and beyond, second-generation conservative Richard Viguerie and I released a 63-page e-pamphlet titled "The Law That Governs Government: Reclaiming The Constitution From Usurpers And Society's Biggest Lawbreaker."

We present two major themes about the renewed constitutional movement, which is heavily influenced by the Tea Party.

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