Monday, March 7, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Conservative Constitution

"A nation’s constitution can be created overnight, claimed Clinton Rossiter incautiously at a symposium over thirty years ago. Witness, he continued, the guiding instruments composed by several European countries shortly after each of the two world wars. Present at that same symposium, Russell Kirk answered Rossiter’s statement with a simple question: “Where are those constitutions now?” Indeed, the framers of any enduring constitution must consider “the history, the moral order, the resources, the prospects of a country—and much else besides,” states Kirk in his latest book, The Conservative Constitution. Furthermore, writes Kirk, 'Those framers must have some understanding of what Edmund Burke called ‘the contract of eternal society.'"

excellent post at The Imaginative Conservative