Ken Blackwell

The Far Left wrongly suggests that constitutional conservatism is retrospective. Instead it recognizes that in less than two centuries constitutional conservatism made the United States the most powerful, prosperous, successful, and free nation in world history. This was no accident. Constitutional conservatism is what allows us to achieve such heights, and will reinvigorate America and brighten our future to the extent that we return to those principles.

Constitutional conservatism is a unified governmental philosophy. Despite attempts to fracture conservatism into economic, social, and national security factions, constitutional conservatism shows how each of these three builds on the other two in the context of limited government. Flourishing businesses and safe homes are vital to strong families. A vibrant economy and virtuous citizens are essential to fuel national security. And stable families and secure communities are necessary for long-term economic prosperity. This is part of the formula embodied in the Declaration and Constitution, and ubiquitous in the writings and speeches of our presidents and national leaders, from George Washington to Ronald Reagan.

Despite the Left’s current obsession with Michele Bachmann, she’s not the only Republican candidate claiming the mantle of constitutional conservatism. The same could be said of several presidential contenders, from Tim Pawlenty to Herman Cain, to others not even running (yet?), such as Rick Perry.

Constitutional conservatism is central to numerous campaigns this cycle, not just the presidential race. From Indiana’s Mike Pence for governor, to Florida’s Adam Hasner for Senate, to Texas’ Ted Cruz for Senate, scores of candidates running for office embrace the U.S. Constitution as the blueprint for America’s future happiness.

It’s not backward-looking to survey the lessons of history to plot a course for the future. That’s what the Founders did as devoted students of more than 3,000 years of philosophy, history, theology, and government when they wrote the Declaration and later proposed the Constitution. Our system of government is the culmination of millennia of human trial and error, and our recent troubles reinforce the reality that we must return to those principles.

No manmade government is perfect, and if it were no system run by fallible human beings can deliver perfect results. But the fact remains that our recent forays into government interventionism, social engineering, transnationalism, federal mandates, living in unprecedented debt, and looking to government to save us is only worsening our situation.

Technology advances and economies evolve, but human nature doesn’t change, and so neither do the timeless principles for ideal government. Constitutional conservatism is the system of government for optimizing our freedom and happiness, and it’s once again ready for prime time in America’s national life.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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