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Saturday, April 09, 2005

A Conservative Thread Winds Through U.S. History

Anyway, today I am writing a paper for history class (On the 1960's) and I came across the Wikipedia entry for Conservatism (Yay, that's me) and I fould an interesteng sentence that traces the basic ideas of Conservatism all the way back to George Washington. Now I don't know about you but being able to trace the basics of my beliefs back to one of the great Founding Fathers of our country makes me a very happy, proud American. The quote is as follows:

The origins of conservatism in the U.S. can be traced from the Whigs of George Washington through the Federalists of John Adams, and the Republicans of Abraham Lincoln (the ideological heirs to the Federalist legacy)

Recently I have also been reading up on/researching the ways some judges are screwing with our Constitution and being fruits and interpreting it however they want, that's not the way it's supposed to work. Anyway, traditionally Conservatives generally support strict construction of the Constitition, which is evidenced by this sentence:

In the United States, most persons who call themselves conservatives believe strongly in the Judeo-Christian social tradition and strict construction of the U.S. Constitution.

Basically strict construction meaks that you look at the you are to hold to the meanings of words and phrases as used when they were written down. Now to me that makes perfect sense, to hold the document to mean what it says and only that, not to mold it into whatever suits your need best. A recent example of this was the Terri Schivo case, when it got all the way up to the Supreme Court they turned it away. Now on first look this might have seemed hearless and cruel but if you look at it from a point of strict constructionalist they were doing exactly what they were supposed to do. It was not their job to rule on that case, it had nothing to do with the Constitution. Also, before you get thinking that the Supreme Court Justices are just stupid they said later, after the ruling, that they were sad and disappointed that they could not do anything about Terri. I for one support the Supreme Court in their ruling, as much as I would have liked them to rule on Terri's case I am glad they did not because of strict constructionalism. Ummm, strict construction is a good thing.