Conservatives and Liberals

The fundamental purpose of life is to grow, to expand, to make progress. Growth and progress mean change. To grow one must make choices, and choices involve risk. And risk is a journey into the unknown.

For years politicians were divided into two groups in America: Conservatives and Liberals. A Conservative was one who proposed something that others opposed, and opposed what others proposed. Liberals, on the other hand, were those who opposed what others proposed, and proposed what others opposed. In a sense we are all Conservatives and we are all Liberals. We are all opposed to what others propose, and propose what others oppose. Whether we're Conservatives or Liberals, we should want to enjoy the fundamental purpose of life which is to grow, to expand, and to make progress; to know today what we did not know yesterday, and are willing to learn tomorrow what we don't know today. Muhammad Ali was right: "If a man does not know any more today than he knew twenty years ago, he has lost twenty years of his life.

"The expressions, Conservatives and Liberals, were popularized in the mid-sixties when whites who sympathized with the social, political, and economic struggles for equality of blacks, were described as Liberals, and whites who fought against the rights of blacks were called Conservatives. For a long time, all blacks were described as liberals. After all, what did we have to conserve? What?

I believe that the Constitution is a living document, and always must be interpreted in relation to the facts at the time of its interpretation. It cannot, and must not, mean the same thing today that it meant at the time of the founding of this nation. After all, even Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner, and so were the first thirteen presidents of the United States.

Blacks were not included in the Constitution. But we came from being nobody to being two-thirds of a person, to full-fledged citizens. Although the Constitution, like the Bible, has not changed, but through the years the facts have changed, and the Courts have interpreted the Constitution in relation to those facts. So, we have come from, "Blacks have no rights that any white man is bound to respect," in the Dred Scott case in 1857, to "Separate but Equal, " is the law of the land in the Homer Plessy case, to "Separate Educational facilities are inherently unequal decision of 1954.

While the Constitution did not change, the facts did. And, the Supreme Court interpreted the Constitution in relation to the facts at the time. Whether you're a Conservative or a Liberal, you should want to hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. And they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. And, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."Whether we are Conservatives or Liberals, we should want the government to know that we all have rights that are neither granted by, nor derived from the State. They are God-given, and must be protected by the State.

By Floyd Rose

Senior Servant

Serenity Church

Valdosta, Ga.i

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