The heresy of Americanism!
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To reorient the discussion a little bit: to what extent does the virtue of piety require one to treat with reverence the constitutional tradition of his nation? Presumably, if piety is to mean anything at all, it must include respect and love for the customs and traditions of one's fatherland, including its political and legal traditions. If this is the case, it would seem to me that one must always be cautious when critiquing or attempting to improve the constitution of the political community to which one belongs. In the United States, for example, one would, in my opinion, certainly be right to criticize the revolutionary and Whiggish elements of the country's political tradition, but it would be impious to suggest that these should be replaced by a wholly foreign constitution. Or, to let Burke explain it:
Quote:we have consecrated the state; that no man should approach to look into its defects or corruptions but with due caution; that he should never dream of beginning its reformation by its subversion; that he should approach to the faults of the state as to the wounds of a father, with pious awe and trembling solicitude. By this wise prejudice we are taught to look with horror on those children of their country who are prompt rashly to hack that aged parent in pieces, and put him into the kettle of magicians, in hopes that by their poisonous weeds, and wild incantations, they may regenerate the paternal constitution, and renovate their father's life.
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The heresy of Americanism! - by LoneWolfRadTrad - 07-28-2011, 11:31 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Servire Deo - 07-29-2011, 02:37 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Joshua - 07-29-2011, 03:09 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Joshua - 07-29-2011, 03:22 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Baskerville - 07-29-2011, 03:38 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Servire Deo - 07-29-2011, 12:11 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Servire Deo - 07-29-2011, 12:27 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Servire Deo - 07-29-2011, 12:33 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Servire Deo - 07-29-2011, 12:49 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by SCG - 07-29-2011, 12:51 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jovan66102 - 07-29-2011, 08:36 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-06-2012, 06:36 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Walty - 08-06-2012, 11:54 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by rbjmartin - 08-06-2012, 12:54 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Tim - 08-06-2012, 01:12 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Tim - 08-06-2012, 05:01 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Resurrexi - 08-06-2012, 06:22 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Walty - 08-06-2012, 10:59 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by vtcatholic - 08-09-2012, 12:31 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-09-2012, 12:42 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Resurrexi - 08-09-2012, 03:16 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jovan66102 - 08-09-2012, 03:51 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Resurrexi - 08-09-2012, 03:58 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Walty - 08-09-2012, 04:10 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jake-the-rake - 08-09-2012, 05:44 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-09-2012, 06:56 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-09-2012, 07:09 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jake-the-rake - 08-09-2012, 09:30 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Tim - 08-09-2012, 10:00 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Walty - 08-09-2012, 01:23 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by rbjmartin - 08-09-2012, 06:14 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-09-2012, 09:14 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-09-2012, 09:27 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by rbjmartin - 08-13-2012, 11:08 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by James02 - 08-13-2012, 01:10 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Tim - 08-13-2012, 01:35 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by rbjmartin - 08-14-2012, 12:30 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jovan66102 - 08-14-2012, 04:42 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Crusading Philologist - 08-14-2012, 11:45 PM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by SouthpawLink - 08-15-2012, 12:27 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by SouthpawLink - 08-15-2012, 01:07 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by SouthpawLink - 08-15-2012, 01:30 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by Resurrexi - 08-15-2012, 02:45 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jake-the-rake - 08-15-2012, 03:22 AM
Re: The heresy of Americanism! - by jake-the-rake - 08-15-2012, 04:07 AM
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