…is as fine an example of Conservatism trumps Progressivism in one paragraph that I’ve ever read.
It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary.
You may be wondering where I got this fine gem, nay, this masterpiece of a quote from. Well, if you must know, and you must! It comes from Heritage.org and their piece on Calvin Coolidge.
You really should read all about it right here: Calvin Coolidge: Forefather of Our Conservatism
What a great read.