I was posting a comment over on MOTW’s blog and I noticed that he had links to the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution under a section entitled “Miscellaneous Conservative Links.” I stopped, starred, and thought “huh, that’s odd.” I’m not sure that I would think of either of those documents as conservative. In fact I tend to think of them as American and neither conservative nor liberal. If I was going to label them as either, I think the fact that both were primarily written by liberals (Jefferson and Madison) would have a huge influence on my decision.
One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how conservatives try to claim the ideas of Thomas Jefferson. The man was a liberal in the vein of John Locke and was detested by the conservatives of his day. James Madison was Jefferson’s apprentice (for lack of a better term). These were not conservative men. Granted they have little in common with the Democrats of today, but that is more because modern Democrats and liberals have lost their way.
So are the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution conservative documents or American documents?
My vote is American.