"WE THE PEOPLE" | 2005-07-23
One thing everybody agrees on today is that America is a Principle. As National Review says, America is a Propositional State. According to the flag ship of respectable conservatism, you and I, whose families have been in this country for hundreds of years, have nothing to do with The Real Meaning of America.
Thailand may be the Thais, Japan is the Japanese, but America has nothing to do with the people who happen to inhabit it. America is based on a Proposition, a Set of Ideas. A Patriot is one who is loyal to those Ideas.
In other words, National Review agrees with liberals that you can be loyal to America without having any loyalty at all to the American people. Respectable conservatives feel Americans should be grateful because they do not actually HATE Americans the way liberals do.
Liberals feel they are being most loyal to the real America when they are blaming Americans for every evil in the world. Respectable conservatives want to give the little people who happen to be here a little credit. They don't know Latin or Greek, but they do try to be loyal to the proposition, the principles, of America.
It never occurs to any conservative, much less any liberal, that it is not up to Americans to be loyal to THEIR principles. The idea that they can only be patriots if they are loyal to Americans never occurs to them.
Every Judicial Opinion agrees with this.
So it comes as a shock to read the Preamble to the United States Constitution.
It begins with "We the people of the United States of America," and conservatives don't mind that so much.
But it gets worse. And no conservative EVER quotes the rest. You see, "We the people of the United States in 1789 could have been very idealistic and they could have set down some ideals that America would follow after they died.
But the Founders added a fatal phrase, which no conservative EVER quotes
"And OUR posterity."