Our Constitution: America’s Legal Conservator of Natural Law

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Conserving Natural Law

In Law III of his Laws of Conservation and Energy, Sir Isaac Newton concluded “To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction: or the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts.” This best defines a political term of the same root word, conservatism, as the adherence according to Russell Kirk “to custom, convention, and continuity” through the spices permeating “the principle of variety.” As Edmund Burke too noted in a letter to Sir Hercule Langrishe in 1792, “We must all obey the great law of change.  It is the most powerful law of nature, and the means perhaps of its conservation,” though “Conservatives,” opined Kirk, “are champions of custom, convention, and continuity because they prefer the devil they know to the devil they don’t know.”  For America, the great conservator of natural law guaranteeing the right for all people to life, liberty and property is her Constitution.

Conserving Freedom

The conservation of free societies and culture requires bridging reality with irony, undergirded by paradox. Left-wing subversive will press for a society constructed on a foundation driven by universal outrage at reactionaries, employing the term diversity to revise the cultural narrative (a dichotomy; that is, a choice of two possible conclusions) under the false pretenses of objectivity and neutrality. Understanding semantics then — the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning — must include learning the logical aspects of meaning such as sense, reference, implication and logical form, lexicography, and the cognitive structure of meaning. From the Old French word diversité meaning “difference, diversity, unique feature, oddness” are the contemporary synonyms including “wickedness, perversity” in conjunction with its Latin cousin, diversitatem, (“contrariety, contradiction, disagreement”). By the beginning of the French Revolution, it was revised to characterize class warfare (ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, etc.) through identity politics.

Constitution Photograph from The Constitution Center

Manipulating Perception to Reduce Freedom

There is too another derivative, variety, meaning “turned different ways.” Originated in the Late Latin word “various,” its first notable application references a “change of fortunes,” whereas the Middle French variété and more directly the Latin term varietatem (nominative varietas) translate to “difference, diversity; a kind, variety, species, sort” in partly validating diversity’s prefix “di-” (applied to loanwords for “two,” “twice,” “double”) in describing the absence of monotony. It ultimately morphed into a “collection of different things” describing art and music as “something different from others.” For left-wing subversives, revising semantics through propaganda is the paramount tactic for manipulating the perception of individual to not be what it seems.  Free societies, therefore, can ill-afford to permit its history and understanding of semantics to be revised under a progressive agenda dividing it in order to conquer it. A cost-benefit analysis into the best measures to conserve a free society is critical to understanding what has worked, is tried and true, what is broken, and how one might fix his broken clock so it will not strike twice. As John Randolph of Roanoke, Virginia, noted, “Change is not reform.” “Early and provident fear,” per Burke, “is the mother of safety,” for governments of “men of intemperate minds cannot be free” if “Their passions forge their fetters…. when they act from feeling, negating “the influence of imagination.”

Liberty – Prevention of Control By Others

For liberty to be possessed according to Lord Acton, it must be limited by “the prevention of control by others.”  But, if as Burke acknowledged, “The cold neutrality of an impartial judge” no longer exists which, according to John Locke, “preserve and enlarge freedom,” “Freedom of Men” cannot thrive “under Government”  if he is to “have a standing Rule to live by, common to every one of that Society,… and not to be subject to the… Arbitrary Will of another Man.” If people are naturally born free of preconceptions as Locke wrote, “Freedom of Nature is, to be under no other restraint but the Law of Nature.” True liberty then, per Lord Acton, “requires self-control” in order to be obtained as it is “a question of morals more than of politics,” requiring governments to serve and protect “religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being” under the rule of law. Otherwise, “In such condition,” wrote Sir Thomas Hobbes, that “there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth…, no knowledge of the face of the earth, no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society” aiding “the life of man” ruminating in a “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” state over “the continual fear and danger of violent death.”

Consequently, parents guilty of “humouring and cockering (their offspring) when little” will rarely acknowledge “they themselves poison’d the fountain,” corrupting “the principles of nature in their children.” “Despotic power,” wrote Lord Acton, “is always accompanied by corruption of morality” — the endgame for destabilizing free societies suppressing a people otherwise free to entertain “a degree of delight” at “the immense force necessary” to construct Stonehenge.  To behave “contrary to what is agreeable or right” in a diverse society will condemn one to  the “wrong side of history”.  

True Conformity is Possible Only in the Cemetery

Thus, “Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins,” whereupon freedom becomes synonymous with slavery. Like with Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four antagonist Winston Smith, the individual must learn to love Big Brother, or have “true conformity” — which according to Joseph Stalin, “is possible only in the cemetery” — forced upon him. Likewise, “In all the states of created beings…, where there is no law there is no freedom.” For one to be “absolute lord of his own person and possessions, equal to the greatest, and subject to no body” leads him to “part with his freedom…, and subject himself to the dominion and control” by the state and through anarchy. After 229 years of the Constitution’s conservation, the individual’s right to enjoy variety’s spices of life remain intact.

http://history.hanover.edu/courses/excerpts/347newt.html

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About this Author: Jonathan P. Henderson (B.A. in History, Minor in Political Science; University of Tennessee, 2012) is a resident of Powell, TN. He.has operated a political blog titled The Conservative Historical Review and is published in The PolitiChicks, Red Millennial and Intellectual Conservative, focusing on domestic affairs and geopolitical events, how they are fundamentally affecting the American political and economic infrastructures, and examining Western political theory and Austrian and Chicago Economic schools of thought as they correlate to current public policy. Through a base understanding of global economic and cultural trends, rigorous research and non-revisionist historiography, he strives to communicate to his audience the potential ramifications of present public policy through the historical lens of cause and effect.

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