You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
— Revolution, The Beatles
“We the People
of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility
, provide for the common defence
, promote the general Welfare
, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity
, do ordain
and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
So stated the preamble to the United States Constitution. But “progressive” liberal Democrats would have us believe that the United States was founded upon slavery and “White Supremacy.” They would change the preamble to the Constitution to say, “We the slave masters of the United States to form a more perfect union of White Supremacists….”
There was slavery in America at the time the Constitution was written. When the Constitution was written in 1787 slavery was a world wide institution. It was not universally approved of by Americans of the time, however. How else can we explain this passage from the first paragraph of Section 9:
The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to theYear one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.
The word “slave” or “slavery” is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution. Clearly, paragraph 9 refers to the importation of African slaves. It provides that the African Slave Trade may not be prohibited before the year 1808. Apparently some of that day wanted to prohibit the slave trade right then. Why else for this paragraph 9 which seems clearly to be some sort of compromise between those who wanted slavery to exist in the new nation, and those who favored the abolition of slavery.
In fact, slavery was controversial at the time. Just two years after the Constitution was written William Wilberforce gave his speech in London’s House Of Commons calling for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.
To show that slavery remained controversial Congress immediately in 1808 enacted the abolition all further importation of African Slaves. The only slaves in America after that date were to be the ones already in the States.
Wilberforce had a strong following in Britain for the abolition of slavery. It was not achieved in the British Empire until 1832. Americans quarreled with each other over the slave issue for the first 76 years after the Constitution was ratified. Only after 650,000 American died in a bloody Civil War was it possilble for the Congress to adopt and the people to ratify the 13th Amendment stating that slavery shall not exist in the United States. If it were true that the United States were founded upon slavery and white supremacy, there would have been no such decades-long bitter dispute over the issue of slavery. There would have been no Civil War and slavery would have continued until the rest of the world shamed it out of the American mind.
The United States was founded on the principle that all men are created equal and have natural unalienable rights bestowed upon them by their creator. it was this idea that fueled the slave debate for the ensuing 76 years and that finally ended it. The acrimony that existed between North and South after the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, essentially doing away with the Compromise of 1820, set the slave issue front and center. The Dred Scott Decision from the Supreme Court in 1857 and its holding that a slave is not a citizen and has no rights white people must respect can be seen as a booster rocket propelling the slave debate to its ultimate conclusion. The Lincoln/Douglas debates during this period form one of the best records we have of this.
Tom Hayden in 1962, age 23
Another 95 or so years would pass before Americans again go for each others’ throats over contemporary political issues. I credit, or perhaps condemn, the Port Huron Statement of 1962 as the beginning of the modern age of American political warfare. It was largely written by Jane Fonda’s once and future husband, Tom Hayden (1939-2016). It gets its name from the town in which the University of Michigan is located. The SDS gathered on the campus of the University to drink beer, smoke pot and write its political manifesto. The Port Huron’s Statement’s jangled up rhetoric accounts for that.
Tom Hayden in 2016. age 77 (He died in Oct. 2016)
Unlike the U.S. Constitution, the PHS’s words don’t really matter. It was the sentiment that mattered, even though it was poorly stated. The SDS was a generation that did not accept as any sort of wisdom that which their parents believed and used to guide their hopes and dreams. The dreams of the previous generation were considered by its children to be deeply flawed.
Hayden and the rest of SDS were members of what has been called the Silent Generation (born before 1945 and after the roaring 1920s). Tom Hayden and SDS were certainly not silent but they were only a small fraction of that generation. The Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), that segment born early enough to have been in college by the mid-1960s, were anything but silent. They were the radicals of the free-love movement at Woodstock in 1969.
Since the Silent Generation and the Baby-Boomer generation, we have the Gun-Xers (1965-1976); Mellennials (1977-1995); and Generation Z (1996-date).
What best describes each these generations and sets them apart from each other. Well, its rather sad but also alarming. I believe each one of these generations is marked as being dumber and less able at living a good life than the previous generation. Each generation is more likely to believe nonsense and unsubstantiated narrative than their parents were. They form their beliefs and opinions based upon narratives they’ve heard and trust. Logical and critical thinking is beyond them. Factual knowledge is neither trusted nor pursued. They abound in weird beliefs and magical thinking such as:
- America did not go to the moon in 1969, the whole thing was set up on a sound stage.
- Human activity can control the climate.
- The world will end in 12 years if we don’t get climate change under control.
- Human-caused climate change has been proven by a consensus of climate scientists.
- The major news outlets in America are trustworthy and do not report fake news.
- A person can change their sex.
- Strict gun control will reduce gun violence.
- A high minimum wage will help people on the lowest economic level.
- Democrats care about and will fight for the little guy.
- Marijuana is harmless.
- Hoards of illegals jumping our border and invading our country is a good thing.
- We should have open borders.
- Capitalism is theft and greed.
- Socialism is fair and beneficial for all.
- The homeless should be allowed to live in the streets and sidewalks of big cities.
- Capitalist greed is the main cause of homelessness, not mental illness, substance abuse and addiction.
- Free health care is a basic human right that should be provided to all by government.
- The United States was founded as a country devoted to slavery and white supremacy.
Previous generations believe some or all of this sort of nonsense, with each generation believing more of it than the one before.
None of false beliefs set out above involve fringe insane beliefs such as the holocaust never happened or that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. All or some of the bullet points above are believed by people of otherwise at least normal intelligence. In some cases individuals of high intelligence believe one or more of the false beliefs I’ve set forth.
For example, it seems that some people of very high intelligence are often fooled into believing climate change is caused by human activity. This even when they know that vast tumultuous climate change occurred in earth’s history at times when humans either did not exist or did not have the sort of modern technology that exists today.
All this is why we need a conservative revolution. You may ask, what is a conservative revolution? What would it be like? What would it do?
A conservative revolution would not have as its purpose the take down of the current society to replace it with something different. It would not be the sort of revolution the left dreams of. It would not be the total transformation of the United States that Barack Obama and his followers dreamed of.
A conservative revolution would have as its purpose the restoration of America as it once was.
- The America that once was believed in the rule of law as a guardian of liberty.
- That America believed that all are innocent until proven guilty and that all stand equal before the bar of justice.
- In the America that once was we revered the principles set out in the preamble of the Constitution,
- that government’s purpose is to establish Justice,
- to make every attempt to insure domestic Tranquility,
- to maintain all that is necessary to provide for the common defense,
- promote the general Welfare but not to take over the role of the people,
- and to secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Posterity.
A conservative revolution would be a political movement, not an armed conflict.
The formerly nascent Tea Party movement once promised to be this sort of conservative revolution. There is every reason to believe it would have been if the GOP Congress that came into existence in the 2010 mid-term election and reinforced in he 2014 mid-term hadn’t so foolishly rejected it. The GOP so stupidly missed a golden opportunity to build a political movement that would have made them stronger that they had ever been. Of course, the GOP is not exclusively made up of members that agree on the need to restore our Constitutional Republic and snatch it back from left-wing efforts to tear it down.