Mar 09 2014

Political Conservation

The word “conservative” comes from the Latin root word “conservare” meaning to save, to guard and to watch over. Political conservatives are often mis-identified as being reactionary or not wanting to embrace any change. But when we speak of the conservation of nature, we don’t mean resistance to change, we mean an effort to preserve a natural form that we consider desirable. Nature is in a constant state of change and conservation does not attempt to alter that. Rather, it seeks to preserve that natural state and protect against outside forces that threaten to destroy it or alter it into a degraded state.

Political conservation is the same thing. The natural human state is one of freedom and responsible liberty and a natural state of change and also both harmony and opportunity that come with that state. Conservative political philosophy puts the protection of freedom and liberty at the top of the priority list. This is also the primary purpose of any government, and that requires granting the government some form of power and control. Once the power and control has been conveyed, an immediate secondary purpose becomes to protect those who granted the power and control from the government and the potential for misuse of power and control.

Political conservation requires limiting the power and control of government by dividing it and creating checks and balances that minimize the natural coagulation into tyranny. This is the great purpose of the Constitution of the United States and this was the great issue that the founders debated at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787.