Letter of the week: Conservatives don’t speak for the Founding Fathers

08/10/2014 10:00 AM

08/10/2014 3:00 PM

Conservatives’ agenda

Conservatives who wrap themselves in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution while proclaiming they speak for the Founding Fathers are confusing. These documents incorporate some of the most progressive and liberal ideals ever written on which a nation was founded.

At the time of the Revolutionary War, the conservatives fought for King George. After the Articles of Confederation failed, instead of supporting the new constitution, the conservatives argued to petition England and rejoin the empire.

I find it difficult to reconcile the conservatives of today proclaiming they are the true interpreters of these liberal documents and spokespersons for these progressive leaders of the past.

The conservatives claiming they speak for the Founding Fathers is absurd. Their political rhetoric is the same these founders fought against to bring this great nation to reality.

Conservatives should at least own up to what they do support.

We know it isn’t the Founding Fathers, the Constitution or the ideals on which this nation was founded. We can determine what it isn’t.

I wonder what real agenda they are hiding?

Duane Jolliff of Lee’s Summit is a retired Kansas City Power & Light Co. restoration and operations manager. He is the father of three and grandfather of six.

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