The Life and Campaigns of Lieut.-Gen. Thomas J. Jackson
conservatism … is a party which never conserves anything. Its history
has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and
aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always
acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of
yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is
now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which
will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some
third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn.
American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it
moves forward towards perdition."