The goal of the post is to show that the foundations of Modern Conservatism are at odds with current Conservative rhetoric.
It is important to understand that the US founders despised partisanship. They failed to anticipate the rise of the party system which dominates modern politics.
The left/right split that dominates modern politics came in the early 1800s which is when Mormonism arose.
The US Founders were not Conservatives. The conservatives of 1776 stood with the British and added their musket fire to that of the Red Coats.
The US Founders had a Liberal Arts Education based on Classical Logic (The Trivium). They applied their Classical Liberal Education to the concept of Liberty. They could best be described as "Classical Liberals."
The Left/Right split came from the French Revolution. The Left wanted revolutionary forces to impose radical social change. The Right supported the views of the monarchy (the ancient regime).
The Divine Right of Kings held that the monarchy arose from an ancient Covenant with God stretching back to ancient Israel.
The Intellectual father of Modern Conservatism is George Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831).
The Kings of England were from Hanover Germany. The Kings of England funded the Germany University System and paid learned professors for framing the monarchy as progressive. Socialism is the monarchy framed as progressive.
Hegel took the basic pattern of the Leviathan and The Divine Right of Kings and wrote it in pseudo-philosophic speak. Hegel's philosophy of history has the World Spirit Evolving through nationalistic conflict on the world stage.
Hegel created a new logic which elevates the role of paradox and conflict. This logic is often called Modern Logic. Marx called his variation of Modern Logic Material Dialectics.
Dialectics presents history as conflict with forces seeking domination on the world stage.
A favorite topic of Hegel is "sublation." Sublation is the process in which words change meaning through usage. In many cases words turn into the opposite.
Hegel produced numerous proofs in which freedom turned into slavery and slavery freedom.
Reactionary Conservatives of the 1800s began projecting every negative image possible on "liberalism." Modern Liberals (the Radical Left) played to the image and created an extremely ugly philosophy called "Modern Liberalism."
The intellectual climate in the early 1800s that produced the Left/Right split was ugly. For proof just look at the Civil War. Americans slaughtered each other.
Modern Conservatism traces back to a reactionary movement in 1800s. This movement sought to restore the social order of the monarchy. The goal was to present the social order of the monarchy as progressive. Socialism is the ideal of a wonderful centralized state benefiting all people equally.
Modern Conservatism reached its ultimate expression with the Nazi and Fascist states in Europe.
On studying the intellectual history from 1800s to WWII it is abundantly clear that the reactionary conservative movement was the the heart of the rise of nationalism and genocide.
For some unfathomable reason, in post war America, William Buckley decided to play the game in which the term "conservative" had sublated to mean "classical liberal" and the term "liberal" had sublated to mean "socialist."
Both the far left and far right love playing this game.
Notice how many "Conservative" activists do nothing but project foul images on "liberalism"
Back to Mormonism.
Mormonism appeared in the early 1800s.
Hegel (1770-1831) was the absolute rage in the decade before Joseph Smith (1805-1844).
I have to repeat. The Hanoverian Kings of England were German. They funded the German University System that produced Hegel. This work was intended to be part of a reactionary movement to restore the social order of the Monarchy,
The Divine Right of Kings claims that the monarchy arose from a Covenant that stretched back to ancient Israel.
The Book of Mormon claims the Lost Tribes of Israel traveled, by submarine, to the new world and established a kingdom. King Benjamin (who was vaguely similar to Benjamin Franklin) granted the people a Democracy.
An evil group of evil libertine people called the Lamanites (vaguely similar to the image Conservatives project on Liberals) won the election. This led to a war. Pretty much everyone was killed.
This ideology attempts to capture the US Constitution. The ideology states that the US Revolution was staged by the Heavenly Father and US Constitution revealed by the Heavenly Father to create the conditions for the restoration of the Church in the Latter Days.
The Heavenly Father revealed a new Covenant. This Covenant is radically opposed to the ideals of classical liberalism.
The Covenant states that members of the new church must give all of their property to the church. Property owners would be reduced to stewards. They would be given what the church deems sufficient to sustain the families. The church would give to people in accordance to their needs. The residue (capital gains) would be used to erect a New Jerusalem to glorify the church.
If you claim to be a Conservative, you need to read this. THIS, not the US Constitution, is the best example of American Conservative Thought of the mid 1800s.
26 If thou lovest me, thou shat serve me and keep all of my commandments; and behold, thou shalt consecrate all thy properties, that which thou hast unto me, wih a covenant and deed which cannot be broken; and they shall be laid before the bishop of my church, and two of the elders, such as he shall appoint and set apart for that purpose.Read that quote again. If you are one of those ugly closed-minded people who spit on all liberals and do nothing but insult people and obstruct positive discourse; this is the beating heart of the ugly and hateful philosophy that you preach.
27 And it shall come to pass, that the bishop of my church, after that he has received the properties of my church, that it can not be taken from the church, he shall appoint every man a steward over his own property, or that which he has received, in as much as is sufficient for himself and family:
28 And the residue shall be kept to administer to him who has not, that every man may receive according as he stands in need:
Seriously, that paragraph is the beating heart of Conservatism.
This is what Glenn Beck Believes. Glenn Beck is stomping across the nation preaching that the centralized ruling elite must take the property of the people and reduce former property owners to stewardship.
Conservatism does not trace back to the US Founders. It traces back to a reactionary movement that sought to revive the social order of the monarchy. Modern Dialectics was invented by reactionaries to undermine a free society.
Hegelian philosophy used a paradox ridden logic to present history as conflict in which nation-states sought domination the world stage.
The stated business model of Fox News is to present news as conflict with the goal of domination.
It is true that the partisan Conservative movement uses freedom-rhetoric in the grub for power. But the Conservative movement systematically fails to defend freedom.
More often than not, the Conservative Movement is the source of the institutions that enslave the people.
The issue of the day is the imposition of PPACA (ObamaCare).
Guess what? Many of the ideas behind PPACA came from the arch-conservative Heritage Foundation. When one pulls back the curtains, one finds conservatives pulling levers behind the imposition of PPACA.
Anyway, if you claim to be a conservative are lamenting the loss of freedom in America, please, stop blaming liberals and take a look at the foundations of your own ideology.
The left right split that dominates American politics came after the US Revolution. It mirrors the left right split in the French Revolution. The Left sought an overbearing government imposing radical social change. The Right sought the preservation of the social order of the ancient regime.
The logical foundations of Conservatism comes from Hegel, not the US Founders.
Please. Don't give me garbage about how Hegel was German. The Hanoverian Kings of England were from Hanover, Germany. The Monarchy of England funded this research and promoted this research. The goal of this effort was to reframe the monarchy as progressive. Socialism arose from an idealization of a monarchy dedicated to social justice.
I wish that the people who invest their souls (and the fate of our nation) in their side of the great Left/Right split would research the intellectual foundations of their petty partisan cause. Anyone who engages in an objective investigation of left and right would find that the ideologies evolved from the same reactionary movement and both the Left and Right have done outrageous harm on this planet.