Borrowing from the attributed Ben Franklin quip on democracy, I once observed that:
Liberalism is two jews and a black voting on who to have for lunch; Conservatism is a well-armed white enforcing the result.
In hindsight I should have qualified that this was mockery rather than edict, as it has been fully embraced on both sides of the political aisle.
Probably the primary means by which conservatives corner themselves into enforcing liberalism is by their religious devotion to the Constitution. Like most of our contemporary social quirks, this will one day be the source of many puzzled chin-strokes by Chinese historians. Because the Constitution is simply a government charter, and nothing else whatsoever. Rather than a poetic statement of purpose, people, or ambition, it is merely a broad (and broadly ignored) template for restrictions and responsibilities of various federal institutions. That something so utterly mundane would inspire impassioned allegiance…
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