There Is Wisdom From the Past... Irrespective of What Progressives {and Neo-Cons} May Think

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

As a conservative/libertarian I cannot help but be amazed by the progressives inability to accept the truth that the past can indeed teach society something of value.

Perhaps this affliction stems from the desire for rapid uncontrolled change and the desire to do something, or anything, just to be able to say they supported something. Whether it works or not is not the primary concern or issue to the radical element(s).

The same can be said of the radical element(s) on the right.

Being a student of history, and drawing from the wisdom of patriotic American intellectuals from prior generations, I found the following quite interesting as well as spot on.

From the playbook of Classical Liberalism:
"Without justice being freely, fully, and impartially administered, neither our persons, nor our rights, nor our property, can be protected. And if these, or either of them, are regulated by no certain laws, and are subject to no certain principles, and are held by no certain tenure, and are redressed, when violated, by no certain remedies, society fails of all its value; and men may as well return to a state of savage and barbarous independence." --Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

You'll forgive me if I sense the American society is rapidly approaching this point in its history.

The question we should be asking ourselves is this... How do we as a nation, bound by common cause and values, solve our common problems without losing our sense of individualism and personal responsibility for our lives.

Indeed this nation faces problems of gargantuan proportions. One must wonder, especially in light of recent politics, if we as a people are capable of working together to solve our nation's deep problems.

Make no mistake. If we fail to do so in this generation the next will face by far worse circumstances.

Just the opinion of an independent conservative.


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