Thanks, Sen HR, for the lengthy and well-developed response to my query:
Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
Okay, that's a start. Please explain how your conservatism is different.
Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack
I am a member of the Republican Party for the lack of better one. Ideology is not important to the two major political parties. Their reason for existence is to win elections, legally if possible and illegally as long as they don't get caught.
I'm also happy to see that acknowledged. I am more comfortable among Democrats for much the same reason.

Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack
The lost Cause was lost before Fort Sumter. When those in the southern states quoted the Anti-Federalists, who were the real Federalists, they were talking about how our Constitution was both a federal and a national one. The federal part was where the state government was in control of what happened in their state. The national part was when the central government was in charge, it was in charge of foreign relations and related matters but very little else.
I agree with the thrust of this, if not all of the details.

Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack
Those supporters of the Lost Cause twisted (hijacked) the idea of states rights to support their economic system that was based on slavery. In doing so they rejected the idea that all men are created equal.
Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack
What I seek is a return to the days when our Constitution was both a federal and a national one while remaining true to the idea that all men are created equal.
Profound, and succinct.
Originally Posted By: Senator Hatrack
The Federalists wanted a strong central government as put forth by the Virginia Plan. The Anti-Federalists didn't and they proposed the New Jersey Plan. Their disagreement was settled by the Connecticut Compromise which made our Constitution a federal and a national one. The Federalists didn't get the strong central government they wanted and the Anti-Federalists didn't get the mild revision of the Articles of Confederation that they wanted. Which means when it first went into operation we had a small limited government. It has grown due to the fact of human nature that people lust after power. A return to the small limited government we once had is indeed impossible. It is for the reasons you mentioned. What I advocate is to reduce the size of our government as mush as is possible. Return our government to being a Constitution that is both federal and national instead of the predominately national one we now have.
Thanks, my friend. Much food for thought.
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