When Liberals aren’t pretending to be the Constitution’s BFFs (e.g. Slow Joe Biden’s bizarre call for more Originalists on the Federal bench), they’re insisting that the American Revolution was a “conservative” revolution. The Founding Fathers were, after all, a bunch of CisHetPat White slave-owning gun nuts. They still cite Charles Beard’s Marxist agitprop from 1913 as the gospel. The Constitution, they argue, was never intended as anything more than a tool of the Pale Penis People to protect their entrenched “privilege.”
You don’t even need to know any history to disprove this. All you need is the First Law of SJW: SJWs always lie. The American Revolution was radical indeed, as Gordon Wood demonstrated in his creatively titled book The Radicalism of the American Revolution.* If you do know any history, this “conservative revolution” stuff looks even sillier. George Washington may have carried himself like an aristocrat (doubtless this is why he’s my favorite revolutionary), but guys like John and Sam Adams, John Hancock, and Alexander Hamilton were as radical as they come. Hell, Thomas Jefferson was for all intents and purposes a Jacobin — hence that goofy “pursuit of happiness” stuff in place of Locke’s “life, liberty, and property.” They had privilege, yes, but so does every Trust-Fund Trotsky. The only difference was that these guys had courage, character, and principles…
….which I guess makes it a conservative revolution after all, those items being nonexistent on the Left, but whatever, the point is, revolutions are inherently radical. The difference between griping about the government, versus shooting at government officials, is as vast as the difference between yelling “I’m gonna kill that guy!” at the dude who forgot to supersize your fries, and shooting up a McDonald’s. No conservative is ever going to go to the gun unless his family’s back is unmistakably against the wall, and at that point, by definition he’s no longer a conservative. Conservatives are loyal to traditions and institutions. They’re why he has a family in the first place. If those have grown so corrupt that only rebellion will do, then how can he possibly remain loyal to them?
As the Z Man points out today, it’s the so-called “conservatives” who are contemplating (metaphorically, FBI goons, metaphorically) rebellion. James Comey is unquestionably guilty of treason, but he won’t even see an hour in the slammer, much less the short end of a long drop. If you need any more proof that “democracy” as currently conceived is fatally flawed, there you have it. The Constitution isn’t a living document, it’s a dead letter. The only way a system of government designed for White, Christian, frontier-dwelling farmers can work is in a nation of White, Christian, frontier-dwelling farmers. We haven’t had one of those since at least 1861. If some anti-Charles Beard wanted to write A Cultural Interpretation of the United States Constitution, it’d be one sentence long: “The laws, customs, and form of government of a state are the expression of the soul of its people.”**
Some form of essentialism is true. Biology being what it is, it can’t be otherwise. If you want to label this a “conservative,” even a “reactionary” view, be my guest… but you’ll be flying in the face of 100 years or more of mandatory make believe. What’s more radical than that?