Larry owned the book before me. I know this because inside the front cover, it has the inscription of “Larry…” (Last name redacted.) My deductive reasoning is sharp tonight.
Because “Conscience of A Conservative” is no longer in publication, I bought the book when I happened to find it several years ago. Larry’s notes are written throughout the book and light a path to how his own philosophies developed with the book.
Before we move on to the first chapter, I wanted to revisit the Foreward to the book. The good Senator made one more point that I’d like to highlight. He said he was writing the book:
…in the hope of doing what one is often unable to do in the course of a harried day’s work on the Senate floor: to show the connection between Conservative principles so widely espoused, and Conservative action, so generally neglected.
Amazing how far we’ve come since 1960, isn’t it? Oh wait. Yeah, nevermind.
I understand people, Senators, elected officials being so busy with the minutae of the day to day that the overall Conservative movement may not be on ther minds as they are trying to get finished by the weekend. But, in reality, that is where it is most desperately needed. And that is where the battle will be won or lost.
How do you change that? When we hear candidates on the campaign trail, they easily seem to regale us with Reagan quotes and talk of limited government. But, how deeply held are these beliefs? If that is the limit of their knowledge, no wonder it doesn’t show up in the day to day legislative process. I propose that we need to challenge them to go beyond “Reagan Quotes for Dummies” and explain why limited government is best, why liberty is worth fighting for and why freedom is in every man’s yearning soul. If they can’t do that, maybe they should read this book, too!
At the end of the Foreward, Larry wrote in the margins, “Does it maximize freedom? Is it Constitutional?”
Good questions, Larry.