American conservatism is a movement among the American people concerned with the preservation and restoration of those values espoused by the Founding Fathers and enshrined in our founding documents. Central to these are ideas set forth in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Another tenet of American conservatism is that the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the ultimate arbiters of American government and justice. They are our guiding documents from which all law in this country must be derived. Conservatives see these not as just suggestions to be followed or ignored according to the whims of those in power but are solid principles to be followed as literally and closely as possible in each and every instance where law is made or interpreted. To be a conservative is to guard against any erosion of the Constitution’s power. It is to hold the belief that following it should not be a choice, but the sworn duty of all government officials.