Are You a Conservative? Do you consider yourself a liberal?
If you find yourself using either of these terms when discussing your political worldview, you may have fallen into a trap.
Let me explain.
When the President or any elected or appointed official takes his oath of office, he invokes the wrath of God against him if he acts unfaithfully to that oath. This is a serious thing and so a specific standard is pronounced and declared. The oath taken declares an allegiance to … the Constitution of the United States – and where I live – to the Constitution of the State of Maryland.
The oath does not say “I hereby solemnly promise to be conservative.” It does not say “I hereby swear that I will follow what are presently considered to be conservative principles.”
As you know, these things called “conservative principles” can vary not only from person to person but from time to time. That’s the trap.
The acceptability of the use of torture is a good example.
While just a few years ago, most folks considering themselves to be conservative recoiled in horror from the idea that Americans would even consider using such a terror tactic on a human being.
What happened? Well… the definition of conservative changed, didn’t it?
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