Conservatives love a parade. Liberals all want to lead one.
The basic political equation I learned over 40 years ago remains M x V = P. Myths times values equals power. Old values are understood more easily than new ones. Myths are more easily created around old ideas than new ones.
America has, on the whole, been a liberal nation because our leaders have been able to wrap new values in the colors of old myths in order to achieve power.
The Founders wrapped the ideas of the Declaration of Independence around English common law, drawing a clear line from the Magna Carta of 1215 to their own struggle, and relying on contemporary philosophers like Locke, Burke and Montesquieu to explain them. The Constitution was negotiated, then explained in terms of democratic frameworks dating to Greek and Roman antiquity.