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A '''conservative''' is someone who rises above his personal self-interest and promotes moral and economic values beneficial to all. A conservative is willing to learn and advocate the insights of [[economics]] and the logic of the [[Bible]] for the benefit of everyone else.  A conservative favors conserving value by not giving handouts to anyone who does not really need them.
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See also, [[Nazi]]
  
A conservative typically adheres to principles of personal [[responsibility]], moral values, and [[limited government]], agreeing with [[George Washington]]'s [[Farewell Address]] that "[[religion]] and [[morality]] are indispensable supports" to political prosperity.<ref>[http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/democrac/49.htm United States Department of State] George Washington, farewell address, 1796</ref><ref>[[Merriam-Webster]]'s Online Dictionary has the following definition of conservative: "tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions : TRADITIONAL"[http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/conservative]  Therefore, a conservative Christian would be one that tends to adhere to the morally sound doctrines of the early Christianity and [[Judeo-Christian]] values.</ref>
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A conservative typically adheres to principles of greed, backwards sexism, and tiny weak government that doesn't care for it's people, agreeing with [[Adolf Hitler]]'s [[Stalingrad Speech]] that "[[;human rights]] and [[charity]] are pointless supports" and that anyone who doesn't fit traditional stereotypes should be oppressed and persectued. [[Merriam-Webster]]'s Online Dictionary has the following definition of conservative: "tending or disposed to maintain antiquated views, conditions, or institutions, and refusing to accept progress and science : Traditional"[http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/conservative]  Therefore, a conservative Christian would be one that tends to adhere to the morally idiotic doctrines of the early Christianity and [[Judeo-Christian]]
  
Religious conservatism is a big driver of [[social conservatism]].  Religious conservatism is growing in the world and it is affecting politics (see: [[Religious conservatism and politics]]).  
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Religious conservatism is a big driver of ignorance and prejudice.  Religious conservatism is growing in the world and it is affecting politics in a bad way (see: [[Religious conservatism and politics]]).  
  
[[Phil Crane]], the leading conservative congressman in the [[House]] from 1969 to 2005, urged people to make the world a better place than where they found it, and quoted frequently from the [[Bible]] in pursuit of that goal.<ref>http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-phil-crane-obituary-20141109-story.html</ref>
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[[Phil Crane]], the leading conservative congressman in the [[House]] from 1969 to 2005, urged people to make the world a worse place than where they found it, by beating children to the point of bleeding, raping wives, and shooting gays.
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Former lousy President [[Ronald Reagan]] said, "The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government help or less centralized authority and more poverty and suffering."<ref>http://www.reason.com/news/show/29318.html</ref>
  
Former President [[Ronald Reagan]] said, "The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom."<ref>http://www.reason.com/news/show/29318.html</ref>
 
[[File:460px-Calvin Coolidge photo portrait head and shoulders.jpg|200px|thumb|[[Calvin Coolidge]], the 30th President of the United States, was a conservative who said, "Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong."]]
 
  
 
==Goals and principles==
 
==Goals and principles==
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Specifically, conservatives seek or support:
 
Specifically, conservatives seek or support:
  
* [[Limited government]] and balanced budgets
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* [[Limited government]] and unstable budgets
* [[Capitalism]] and [[free market]]s
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* Executing people for any crime, and throwing anyone who disagrees with them in prison
* [[Classroom prayer]]
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* The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer
* Respect for human life and prohibition of [[abortion]]
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* [[Capitalism]] and [[free market]]s that give way too much power to corporations
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* [[Classroom prayer]](The right to look like an idiot in school)
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* Hatred of women's bodily autonomy and pointless prohibition of [[abortion]]
 
* [[Abstinence]] education
 
* [[Abstinence]] education
* Traditional [[marriage]], not [[same-sex "marriage"]]
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* Outdated[[marriage]] beliefs , hates gays and want to ban their right to marriage for no reason except for close mindedness and prejudice
* The concept of retribution for crimes, including the [[death penalty]] for heinous murders proven beyond reasonable doubt
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* The concept of throwing drug abusers in prison rather than trying to rehabilitate them and fix their addiction
* [[Family values]], including traditional relationships and division of labor within the household
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* [[Outdated family values]], including archaic sexism, ageism, and homophobia
* Respect for differences between men and women, boys and girls
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* Hatred for people who don't fit the "traditional" concept of gender
* Laws against [[pornography]]
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* Stupid laws against [[pornography]] that waste police time that could be used to investigate child abuse (Aka "Not sparing the rod" according to a bible thumping nutcase), rape (Or, according to a conservative nut, "A husbands god given right to sex"), murder, and terrorism (Or Islam, according to an Islamophobic wingnut)
* [[First Amendment]] rights to [[free speech]] and [[religious freedom]]
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* [[First Amendment]] rights to [[free speech]] (Unless you are a feminist or communist) and [[religious freedom]] (Unless you are an atheist or Muslim) and the right to be a nazi asshole
* The [[Second Amendment]] right to keep and bear arms
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* The [[Second Amendment]] right to keep and bear arms and commit school shootings without the government giving a crap
* Economic allocative efficiency (as opposed to popular equity)
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* Private medical care and retirement plans that result in poor people dying because they can't get medical care, and health care corporations getting richer off of suffering
* Parental control of education ([[parental rights]])
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* Canceling useful social support programs and putting thousands of people on the street
* Private medical care and retirement plans
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* Opposition to [[globalism]], [[one-world government]], and the [[War on Sovereignty]] because they are nationalistic white supremacists
* Canceling failed social support programs
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* Valuing blind patriotism and pointless love for your country
* Opposition to [[globalism]], [[one-world government]], and the [[War on Sovereignty]]
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*Support for idiotic wars like the Iraq and Vietnam wars
* Economic nationalism over globalist [[free trade]]
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*Hatred of Muslims and claiming they are all terrorists
* Valuing [[patriotism]], [[self-governance]], and [[sovereignty]]
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* A pointless overpriced border wall and barbarically shooting illegal immigrants rather than deporting them or giving them amnesty
* [[Border wall|Border security]] and enforcement of strong [[immigration]] laws, opposition to mass migration and [[open borders]]
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*Rejection of actual science and belief in Bullshit religious crap like creationism and flat earth. Ignorant refuting of scientifically proven things like climate change and evolution
* Respect for our military ... past and present
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* Minimal taxation for rich fat cats, but extremely taxes for poor people
* Rejection of [[junk science]] such as [[evolution]] and [[global warming]]
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* Ordinary people are slaves to rich people and big corporations
* Minimal taxation
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* A hypocritical interpretation of the constitution
* [[Federalism]] (Separation of powers among the National, State and Local governments)
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* A belief that slavery was good and that blacks shouldn't have constitutional rights
* Favoring [[states' rights]] over federal power, while accepting the Constitutional role of the federal government, and favoring [[subsidiarity]]
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* The belief that women are men's property and that they should be able to abuse, exploit, and rape them
* Opposition to [[big government]] and the [[Nanny State]]
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* "Trickle down" economics helps the country somehow by making the rich even richer and the poor poorer
* A strong national defense
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* Wasting money on an unnecessarily large military, but not caring for retired veterans
* An [[Originalism|Originalist]] and [[Textualism|Textualist]] interpretation of the [[United States Constitution|Constitution]]
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* A dedication to superstition, ignorance, and nonsense
* A dedication to the truth, and an ability to seek it
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* Ending programs to help the poor so more money can go to the rich
* Ending [[entitlement]] programs
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==List of prominent conservatives==
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===Movement===
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[[Movement conservatives]] are those who accept the logic of conservatism across-the-board, and stand up for its powerful principles despite [[liberal]] ridicule.  Movement conservative activists include:
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*[[Phyllis Schlafly]], defeated the [[ERA]]
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*[[Larry McDonald]], Congressman, on board [[KAL 007]] when shot down by the Soviets near [[Moneron Island]].
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*[[Jesse Helms]], Senator, specialist in foreign policy
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*[[Pat Buchanan]], commentator and presidential candidate
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*[[Thomas Sowell]], economist and commentator
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*[[Jerry Falwell]], religion
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*[[Tucker Carlson]], commentator
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*[[Ann Coulter]], commentator
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*[[Roy Moore]], judge
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*[[Rand Paul]], Senator
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*[[Kris Kobach]], state official
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*[[Michele Bachmann]], congresswoman
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===Presidents===
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Periodically a conservative has been elected president of the United States.  The most prominent conservative presidents include:
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*[[George Washington]] (1789–1797)
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*[[James Monroe]] (1817–1825)
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*[[Grover Cleveland]] (1885–1889, 1893–1897)
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*[[Warren G. Harding]] (1921–1923)
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*[[Calvin Coolidge]] (1923–1929)
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*[[Ronald Reagan]] (1981–1989)
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*[[Donald Trump]] (2017–)
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The most prominent conservative Congresses have been:
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*The 80th Congress (elected in 1946)
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*The 104th Congress (elected in 1994)
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===Key leaders===
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*[[Robert Taft]] — U.S. Senator, leader of the [[Conservative Coalition]], and unsuccessful 1948 presidential candidate
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*[[Barry Goldwater]] — 1964 Republican candidate, lost to liberal Democrat [[Lyndon Johnson]] but revived the conservative movement inside the GOP
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*[[Russell Kirk]] — Theorist & intellectual
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*[[Robert Bork]] — legal scholar, government official, and unsuccessful Supreme Court nominee
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*[[Margaret Thatcher]] — British prime minister between 1979 and 1990, held views similar to Reagan's
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*[[Milton Friedman]] — Chicago-school [[libertarian]] [[economist]], influential during Reagan administration; leader of the [[Chicago School of Economics]]
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*[[Clarence Thomas]] — Supreme Court justice
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===Hall of Fame===
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Conservative scholar Clinton Rossiter<ref>Rossiter, "The Giants of American Conservatism," ''American Heritage'' 1955 6(6): 56-59, 94-96, online in [[EBSCO]]</ref> names [[Alexander Hamilton]], [[John Adams]], [[John Marshall]], [[Daniel Webster]], [[John C. Calhoun]], [[Elihu Root]], and [[Theodore Roosevelt]] to the "Conservative's Hall of Fame,"'' with John Adams as the greatest of American conservatives—a dubious choice since President Adams was an ardent opponent of [[free speech]] to criticize government.
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==US Voters==
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In America, most conservatives support the [[Republican Party]], but not exclusively so. In the 2008 election, 35% of the voters identified themselves as conservatives. Of them, 78% voted for [[John McCain]] and 20% for [[Barack Hussein Obama]], with the 20% accounting for Obama's margin of victory. Only 22% of the voters were liberal; they favored Obama 89%-10%. In the middle were 44% who called themselves moderates. They split for Obama by 60%-39%. (Minor candidates won 2% of the vote.)<ref>See [http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/polls/#USP00p1 Presidential 2008 Exit Poll]</ref>
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[[File:Russell Kirk.jpg|thumbnail|300px|[[Russell Kirk]] was an American political theorist, conservative intellectual, historian of ideas, social critic, and man of letters, who is best known for his role in the American conservative movement. ]]
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===Religious differences between political conservatives and political liberals===
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The Barna poll conducted in November  2008 shows significant differences between the 32% of Americans who called themselves as “mostly conservative” on social and political matters; and the 17% who called themselves “mostly liberal” on social and political matters. The others—50%--were moderates with positions somewhere in-between.<ref>See [http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/258-survey-shows-how-liberals-and-conservatives-differ-on-matters-of-faith on line results]</ref>
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Some findings:
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Political liberals are less than half as likely as political conservatives to firmly believe that the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches (27% versus 63%, respectively); to strongly believe that [[Satan]] is real (17% versus 36%); and to firmly contend that they have a personal responsibility to share their religious beliefs with others (23% versus 48%).
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[Note: "Liberal" and "conservative" in this survey are based on politics]
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Liberals are also far less likely than conservatives to strongly believe each of the following:
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*their religious faith is very important in their life (54% of liberals vs. 82% of conservatives);
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*a person cannot earn their way into [[Heaven]] by doing good deeds or being a good person (23% vs. 37%);
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*their faith is becoming an increasingly important moral guide in their life (38% vs. 70%);
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*the church they currently attend is very important in helping them find direction and fulfillment in life (37% vs. 62%);
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*their primary purpose in life is to love God with all their heart, mind, strength and soul (43% vs. 76%);
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political conservatives were more likely than liberals to:
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*read the Bible, other than at church events, during the past week (57% vs. 33%, respectively)
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*attend a religious service during the past week (62% vs. 35%)
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*[[pray]] to God, other than at a religious service, during the past week (91% vs. 76%)
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*share their religious beliefs with others, during the past year (56% vs. 39%, among the born again Christians interviewed from each segment)
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*have ever participated in a short-term missions trip, either within the U.S. or in another country (12% vs. 6%)
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*2% of conservatives and 11% of liberals were [[Atheism|atheist]] or [[agnostic]]
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*15% of conservatives and 2% of liberals were [[Evangelical Christians|Christian evangelicals]]
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*conservatives were twice as likely as liberals to be categorized as [[born again]], based on their theological views about salvation (63% vs. 32%)
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*21% of conservatives were associated with the [[Roman Catholic Church]], compared to 30% among the liberals.
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== Barack Obama and American Conservatism Backlash ==
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In October 2009, Niles Gardiner reported in the [[Britain|British]] newspaper ''[[The Daily Telegraph]]'':
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{{cquote|This week’s striking [[Gallup]] poll on political ideology is further confirmation that the United States is in essence a conservative nation, which has ironically become even more conservative under [[Barack Obama]]. According to Gallup, 40 percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36 percent as moderate and 20 percent as liberal. This is the first time conservatives have outnumbered moderates in America since 2004.<ref>http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100014891/barack-obama-has-failed-to-defeat-conservatism-in-america/</ref>}}
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== Conservative news organizations ==
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:''See also: [[Conservative media]]''
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Some of the more notable news organizations which tend to be more conservative are [[WorldNetDaily]] and [[NewsMax]].  [[Fox News]], though often called conservative, tends to be more [[neoconservative]] than conservative.
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== Conservative magazines and blogs ==
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:''See also: [[Conservative media]]''
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Well known conservative magazines in the United States include ''[[National Review]]'', ''[[Policy Review]]'', ''[[The Weekly Standard]]'' and others.
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Some notable [[Conservative blogs|conservative political blogs]] include the [[Heritage Foundation]]'s Policy Weblog, ''[[Human Events]]'', [[Michelle Malkin]], Newsbusters, Townhall.com and others.
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== Neoconservatives ==
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American commentators who ally themselves with the conservative movement but reject its religious or moral underpinnings are generally known as [[neoconservatives]].<ref>Jonah Goldberg, [http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZWMxNWNiNDJkY2JmNTExY2E1MzdkYWU3MWU1MTBiOGU= "What Is a 'Conservative'?"], [[National Review|National Review Online]], 11 May 2005</ref>
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In the United States, conservatives are generally characterized by the following beliefs:
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# Support of [[limited government]].
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# A preference for freedom of opportunity over equality of result.
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# [[Patriotism]], [[nationalism]], and support of a strong defense.
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# Support of the institution of [[marriage]].
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# Emphasis on social values, like [[prayer]] and [[pro-life]] principles.
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In contrast, neoconservatives generally support [[Big government|bigger government]] and [[globalism]], and tend to downplay the significance of social values.
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== Paleoconservatives ==
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[[Paleoconservatives]] are conservatives who are more focused on social issues and American [[sovereignty]] and are suspicious of both big government and big business, along with [[globalism]] and [[multiculturalism]]. They also lean against foreign interventionism. Neoconservatives criticize this with the pejorative term of "[[isolationism]]," as they believe in promoting [[democracy]] worldwide, even where different religious or value systems are incompatible with democracy-induced changes in control.
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A notable paleoconservative was Democrat Congressman from Georgia, [[Larry McDonald]]. He was also second Chairman of the [[John Birch Society]], and President of Western Goals. McDonald was aboard [[Korean Airlines Flight 007]] when it was shot down by the [[Soviet Union|Soviets]] near [[Moneron Island]] in 1983. Other paleoconservatives include [[Pat Buchanan]] and [[Tom Tancredo]].
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==Fiscal Conservatism vs. Social Conservatism==
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''For further details on the two related philosophies, see [[Fiscal conservatism]] and [[Social conservatism]]''
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Recently, a division has been created between fiscal conservatism and social conservatism. Fiscal conservatism centers around a low and [[Balanced budget|balanced]] government [[budget]], and generally is opposed to programs such as [[Social Security]] and [[Medicare]]. Its primary goal is to reduce government spending significantly. Social Conservatism, on the other hand, focuses on the moral issues of conservatism. A social conservative will oppose [[same-sex marriage]], [[abortion]], and the teaching of [[evolution]] in schools. The majority of Conservatives (including most of the [[Republican Party]]) fall into both categories, however some fall into one or the other, but not both. Notably, [[Libertarians]] are strong fiscal conservatives but are not socially conservative. For instance, the [[Libertarian Party]] Platform <ref>[http://www.lp.org/platform]</ref> expresses support for the fiscally conservative principles of ending publicly funded [[welfare]] and [[healthcare]] programs as well as reducing government spending overall significantly. However, it also expresses support for [[same-sex marriage]] (with some libertarians leaning towards the ultimate goal of total [[marriage privatization]]) as well as maintaining the legal status of abortion.
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Some Republicans and [[Democrat Party|Democrats]] also fit one category but not the other. Former [[New Mexico]] governor [[Gary Johnson]], who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, was deemed "the most fiscally conservative governor" while he was in office (and probably earned that honor given all the spending cuts he made) but at the same time, he supports [[marriage privatization]] and [[abortion]] (though he believes ''[[Roe v. Wade]]'' should be overturned on Constitutional grounds). Also, several Democrats have expressed opposition to same-sex marriage and/or abortion, but still support liberal fiscal programs such as Social Security. They would be the opposite of Johnson - socially conservative but fiscally liberal.
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=== Expected growth of social conservatism and religious conservatism ===
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Due to the explosive growth of [[global Christianity]] in traditional cultures and their influence on Western Christianity and the higher birth rate of [[Conservative Christianity|conservative Christians]] and religious conservatives, social conservatism is expected to rise.
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The Birkbeck College, University of London professor Eric Kaufman wrote in his 2010 book ''Shall the Righteous Inherit the Earth?'' concerning America:
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{{cquote|High evangelical fertility rates more than compensated for losses to liberal Protestant sects during the twentieth century. In recent decades, white secularism has surged, but Latino and Asian religious immigration has taken up the slack, keeping secularism at bay. Across denominations, the fertility advantage of religious fundamentalists of all colours is significant and growing. After 2020, their demographic weight will begin to tip the balance in the [[Culture War|culture wars]] towards the conservative side, ramping up pressure on hot-button issues such as [[abortion]]. By the end of the century, three quarters of America may be pro-life. Their activism will leap over the borders of the 'Redeemer Nation' to evangelize the world. Already, the rise of the World Congress of Families has launched a global religious right, its arms stretching across the bloody lines of the War on Terror to embrace the entire Abrahamic family.<ref>[http://questionevolution.blogspot.com/2012/05/why-are-years-2012-and-2020-key-years.html Why are 2012 and 2020 key years for Christian creationists and pro-lifers?]</ref>}}
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== Personal conservatism ==
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Because Conservatives often have strong political views, there can be a tendency to see conservatism as a purely political ideology. However, there is also a strong personal side to conservatism - being a conservative is as much about applying conservative values to one's everyday life as it is about campaigning and voting for conservative candidates. In general, conservatives can be characterized by a strong sense of personal [[morality]], a willingness to observe their culture's traditions and customs, and a desire to be respectable and to show due respect to other members of the community.
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==History of American conservatism==
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===Textbook problems===
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College-level teaching about conservatism has been distorted by a "liberal state paradigm"—that is, [[textbook]]s usually interpret recent American history in terms of the origins and successes of political liberalism—especially the [[New Deal]], the [[welfare state]], [[labor union]]s, and [[Civil Rights Movement|Civil Rights]] for blacks and [[equality]] for women. Conservative politics is usually defined as a reaction: as a [[free market]] reply to the growth of [[big government]]; as an expression of outrage against declining support for tradition and Christian morality.  Where the violent Wobblies ([[Industrial Workers of the World|IWW]]) and illegal sit down strikes of the 1930s are seen as heroic, exposing [[Communist]] subversion by [[Joe McCarthy]] is denounced as the nadir of political morality.<ref>See Leonard Moore, "Approaching Conservatism," ''OAH Magazine of History,'' 17 (January 2003) [http://www.oah.org/pubs/magazine/conservatism/moore.html online edition]</ref>
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===Loyalists===
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The [[Loyalists]] of the [[American Revolution]] were mostly political conservatives, some of whom produced political discourse of a high order, including lawyer [[Joseph Galloway]] and governor-historian [[Thomas Hutchinson]]. However, when the crisis came, they stood with the Crown as it tried to destroy American political liberties. After the war, the great majority remained in the U.S. and became citizens, but some leaders emigrated to other places in the British Empire. [[Samuel Seabury]] was a Loyalist who stayed and as the first American bishop played a major role in shaping the [[Episcopal]] religion, a stronghold of conservative social values.  While the Loyalist political tradition died out totally it the U.S., it survives in Canadian conservatism.
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===Founding Fathers===
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The [[Founding Fathers]] created the single most important set of political ideas in American history, known as [[Republicanism]], which all groups, liberal and conservative alike, have drawn from.  Two parties were named "Republican"—the one founded in 1794 by [[Thomas Jefferson]] and [[James Madison]] (it disappeared in the 1820s), and the modern GOP founded in 1854.
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During the [[First Party System]] (1790s-1820s) the [[Federalist Party]], led by [[Alexander Hamilton]], developed an important variation of republicanism that can be considered conservative. Rejecting [[monarchy]] and [[aristocracy]], they emphasized civic virtue as the core American value. The Federalists spoke for the propertied interests and the upper classes of the cities. They envisioned a modernizing land of banks and factories, with a strong army and navy. [[George Washington]] was their great hero.
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On many issues American conservatism also derives from the republicanism of [[Thomas Jefferson]] and his followers, especially [[John Randolph of Roanoke]] and his "Old Republicans" or "[[Quids]]."  They idealized the [[yeoman]] farmer as the epitome of civic virtue, warned that banking and industry led to [[corruption]], that is to the illegitimate use of government power for private ends. Jefferson himself was a vehement opponent of what today is called "[[judicial activism]]".
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<ref>[http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff1030.htm]</ref> The Jeffersonians stressed small government.
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===Ante-Bellum: Calhoun and Webster===
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During the [[Second Party System]] (1830–54) the [[Whig Party]] attracted most conservatives, such as [[Daniel Webster]] of New England. [[Daniel Webster]] and other leaders of the [[Whig Party]], called it the conservative party in the late 1830s.<ref>The word was originally used in the [[French Revolution]]. The British used it after 1839 to describe a major party. The first American usage is by Whigs who called themselves "Conservatives" in the late 1830s. Hans Sperber and Travis Trittschuh, ''American Political terms: An Historical Dictionary'' (1962) 94-97.</ref>  [[John C. Calhoun]], a Democrat, articulated a sophisticated conservatism in his writings. [[Richard Hofstadter]] (1948) called him "The [[Karl Marx|Marx]] of the Master Class."  Calhoun argued that a conservative minority should be able to limit the power of a "majority dictatorship" because tradition represents the wisdom of past generations. (This argument echoes one made by [[Edmund Burke]], the founder of British conservatism, in ''Reflections on the Revolution in France'' (1790)). Calhoun is considered the father of the idea of minority rights, a position adopted by liberals in the 1960s in dealing with [[Civil Rights]].
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The conservatism of the antebellum period is contested territory; conservatives of the 21st century disagree over what comprises their heritage. Thus [[William J. Bennett]] (2006), a prominent conservative leader, warns conservatives to NOT honor Calhoun, [[Know-Nothings]], [[Copperheads (politics)|Copperheads]] and 20th century [[isolationist]]s.
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===Lincoln to Cleveland===
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Since 1865 the [[Republican Party]] has identified itself with President [[Abraham Lincoln]], who was the ideological heir of the [[Whig Party|Whigs]] and of both [[Thomas Jefferson|Jefferson]] and [[Alexander Hamilton|Hamilton]]. As the [[Gettysburg Address]] shows, Lincoln cast himself as a second Jefferson bringing a second birth of freedom to the nation that had been born 86 years before in Jefferson's [[Declaration of Independence|Declaration]]. The [[Copperheads (politics)|Copperheads]] of the [[American Civil War|Civil War]] reflected a [[reactionary]] opposition to modernity of the sort repudiated by modern conservatives. A few libertarians have adopted a neo-Copperhead position, arguing Lincoln was a dictator who created an all-powerful government.
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In the late 19th century the [[Bourbon Democrat]]s, led by President [[Grover Cleveland]], preached against corruption, high taxes (protective [[tariff]]s), and [[imperialism]], and supported the [[gold standard]] and business interests. They were overthrown by [[William Jennings Bryan]] in 1896, who moved the mainstream of the Democrat Party permanently to the left.
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The 1896 presidential election was the first with a conservative versus liberal theme in the way in which these terms are now understood. Republican [[William McKinley]] won using the pro-business slogan "[[sound money]] and protection," while Bryan's anti-bank populism had a lasting effect on economic policies of the Democrat Party.
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[[William Graham Sumner]], [[Yale University|Yale]] professor (1872-1910) and polymath, vigorously promoted a libertarian conservative ethic. After dallying with [[Social Darwinism]] under the influence of [[Herbert Spencer]], he rejected [[evolution]] in his later works, and strongly opposed imperialism. He opposed monopoly and [[paternalism]] in theory as a threat to equality, democracy and middle class values, but was vague on what to do about it.<ref>Curtis, Bruce. "William Graham Sumner 'On the Concentration of Wealth.'" Journal of American History 1969 55(4): 823-832.</ref>
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===Early 20th century===
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In the [[Progressive Era]] (1890s-1932), regulation of industry expanded as conservatives led by Senator [[Nelson Aldrich]] of [[Rhode Island]] were put on the defensive. However, Aldrich's proposal for a strong national banking system was enacted as the [[Federal Reserve System]] in 1913. [[Theodore Roosevelt]], the dominant personality of the era, was both liberal and conservative by turns. As a liberal he took a tough [[Regulation|regulatory]] approach toward businesses and [[trust]]s, and (post-presidency) fought for social insurance for the elderly. As a conservative he led the fight to make the country a major naval power, and demanded entry into [[World War I]] to stop what he saw as the [[German Empire|German]] attacks on civilization. [[William Howard Taft]] promoted a strong federal judiciary that would overrule excessive legislation. Taft defeated Roosevelt on that issue in 1912, forcing Roosevelt out of the GOP and turning it to the right for decades. As president, Taft remade the [[Supreme Court of the United States|Supreme Court]] with five appointments; he himself presided as chief justice in 1921-30, the only former president ever to do so.
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Pro-business Republicans returned to dominance in 1920 with the election of President [[Warren G. Harding]]. The presidency of [[Calvin Coolidge]] (1923–29) was a high water mark for conservatism, both politically and intellectually. Classic writing of the period includes ''Democracy and Leadership'' (1924) by Irving Babbitt and [[H.L. Mencken]]'s magazine ''American Mercury'' (1924–33). The [[Efficiency Movement]] attracted many conservatives such as [[Herbert Hoover]] with its pro-business, pro-engineer approach to solving social and economic problems. In the 1920s many American conservatives generally maintained anti-foreign attitudes and, as usual, were disinclined toward changes to the healthy economic climate of the age.
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During the [[Great Depression]], other conservatives participated in the taxpayers' revolt at the local level. From 1930 to 1933, Americans formed as many as 3,000 taxpayers' leagues to protest high [[property tax]]es. These groups endorsed measures to limit and rollback taxes, lowered penalties on tax delinquents, and cuts in government spending. A few also called for illegal resistance (or tax strikes). The best known of these was led by the Association of Real Estate Taxpayers in [[Chicago]] which, at its height, had 30,000 dues-paying members. 
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An important intellectual movement, calling itself [[Southern Agrarians]] and based in Nashville, brought together like-minded novelists, poets and historians who argued that modern values undermined the traditions of American [[Republicanism]] and civic virtue.
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The Depression brought [[liberal]]s to power under President [[Franklin D. Roosevelt]] (1933). Indeed, the term "liberal" now came to mean a supporter of the [[New Deal]] and Roosevelt's powerful [[New Deal Coalition]]. In 1934 [[Al Smith]] and pro-business Democrats formed the [[American Liberty League]] to fight the new liberalism, but failed to stop Roosevelt's shifting the Democrat Party to the left. In 1936 the Republicans rejected Hoover and tried the more liberal [[Alf Landon]], who carried only [[Maine]] and [[Vermont]]. When Roosevelt tried to pack the Supreme Court in 1937 the conservatives finally cooperated across party lines and defeated it with help from Vice President [[John Nance Garner]]. Roosevelt unsuccessfully tried to purge the conservative Democrats in the 1938 election. The conservatives in Congress then formed a bipartisan informal [[Conservative Coalition]] of Republicans and southern Democrats. It largely controlled Congress from 1937 to 1964. Its most prominent leaders were Senator [[Robert Taft]], a Republican of [[Ohio]], and Senator [[Richard Russell]], Democrat of [[Georgia]].
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In the United States, the [[Old Right]], also called the Old Guard, was a group of [[libertarianism|libertarian]], free-market anti-interventionists, originally associated with Midwestern Republicans and Southern Democrats. The Republicans (but not the southern Democrats) were [[isolationist]]s in 1939-41, (see [[America First]]), and later opposed [[NATO]] and U.S. military intervention in the [[Korean War]].
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By 1950, [[American liberalism]] was so dominant intellectually that liberal critic [[Lionel Trilling]] could dismiss contemporary conservatism as "irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas." <ref>Lapham 2004</ref>  But just as Trilling was writing a revival was underway. In the 1950s, principles for a conservative political movement were hashed out in books like [[Russell Kirk]]'s ''The Conservative Mind'' (1953) and in the highly influential new magazine ''[[National Review]]'', founded by [[William F. Buckley]] in 1955.
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Whereas Taft's [[Old Right]] had been [[isolationist]] the new conservatism favored American intervention overseas to oppose [[Communism]]. It looked to the [[Founding Fathers]] for historical inspiration as opposed to [[John C. Calhoun|Calhoun]] and the antebellum South.
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The success of the [[Civil Rights movement]] came in the [[Civil Rights Act of 1964]] and the [[Voting Rights Act]] of 1965. Most conservatives supported both, but [[Barry Goldwater]] opposed them.  Until then southern whites (both liberal and conservative) had been locked into the Democrat Party. That lock was now broken and southern conservatives started voting for Republican candidates for president in 1964-68, and by the 1990s they were also voting for GOP candidates for state and local office. The southern blacks now began to vote in large numbers, and they became Democrats, moving that party in the south to the left. By 2000, for the first time, all southern states had a conservative GOP and a liberal Democrat Party.  The region favored the GOP heavily in presidential elections, but split in state contests.  In 2008, however, the [[Barack Hussein Obama|Obama]] campaign broke into the solid Republican South, carrying [[Florida]], [[Virginia]] and [[North Carolina]].
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Goldwater, a charismatic figure whose intense opposition to all [[New Deal]] programs angered liberals, was defeated in a landslide in 1964. Goldwater faded and his supporters regrouped under new leadership, especially that of [[Ronald Reagan]] in [[California]], and regained strength nationally in the 1966 elections. Conservatives voted for [[Richard Nixon]] in 1968, who narrowly defeated the New Deal champion [[Hubert Humphrey]], and southern demagogue [[George Wallace]]. Nixon had come to terms with both the Goldwater wing of the party and the still-influential Rockefeller Republicans (Republicans from the [[Northeast]] who supported many New Deal programs).
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The Republican administrations of President [[Richard Nixon]] in the [[1970s]] were characterized more by their emphasis on ''[[realpolitik]]'', [[détente]], and economic policies such as [[wage and price controls]], than by their adherence to conservative rhetoric and more liberal actions.
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In the eight years of [[Ronald Reagan]]'s presidency 1981-89 the American conservative movement achieved ascendancy. In 1980 the GOP took control of the Senate for the first time since 1954, and [[conservative principles]] dominated Reagan's economic and foreign policies, with [[supply side economics]] as well as a strict opposition to [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] [[Communism]].  Reagan promised to cut [[welfare]] spending but failed to do so.  He did cut taxes, but raised [[military spending]] and created large [[federal deficit]]s that turned out working to our advantage, because at that time, deficits didn't matter. It should be known that the Republicans also [[Balanced budget|balanced]] the [[budget]] in the late 1990s.
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An icon of the American conservative movement, Reagan is credited by his supporters with transforming American politics, galvanizing the Republican Party, uniting a coalition of economic conservatives who supported his supply-side economic policies, known as "[[Reaganomics]]," foreign policy conservatives who favored his success in stopping and rolling back Communism, and social conservatives who identified with Reagan's conservative religious and social ideals.
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"Forty percent of Americans now self-identify as conservatives — double the amount of self-professed liberals — largely because independents are beginning to take sides." [http://www.ashbrook.org/publicat/onprin/winter11/spalding.html]
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Conservatism in Europe is generally synonymous with [[Euroskepticism]] and [[right-wing populism]] – ideologies that support local control, a more limited government as opposed to an endless EU bureaucracy, patriotism and national identity, [[sovereignty]], and less immigration. While mainstream [[establishment]] parties in Europe are also occasionally labeled "conservative" by the media, they share many of the same policies as globalism and liberalism.
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Conservative parties in Europe include the [[Swiss People's Party]], [[Law and Justice]], [[Fidesz]], [[Lega Nord]], the [[Austrian Freedom Party]], and the [[Alternative for Germany]], among other parties. [[Viktor Orbán]], [[Václav Klaus]], [[Andrzej Duda]], [[Christoph Blocher]], [[Nigel Farage]], and [[Matteo Salvini]] are examples of European conservatives.
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Australia was once more conservative than England but sweeping [[gun control]] laws pushed the nation leftward toward greater dependency on government in the last decade.  In 2009, opposition to government control based on alleged [[global warming]] galvanized conservatives there and they led the [[Liberal Party of Australia]] to a repudiation of an emissions trading scheme.<ref>http://www.smh.com.au/national/shock-result-as-abbott-wins-liberal-leadership-by-one-vote--ets-dead-20091201-k1uz.html</ref>  Conservatives also support smaller political parties such as the [[Family First Party]].
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In the [[United Kingdom]], the [[Conservative Party]] is the major partner in the governing coalition.  The party's current leader, [[David Cameron]],<ref>[http://www.conservatives.com Conservative party UK]</ref> has been [[Prime Minister of the United Kingdom|Prime Minister]] of the UK since May 2010.
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Up until the mid-19th century, the forerunners of the Conservatives were known as [[Tory|Tories]], and the name has persisted as a common nickname both for the political party and those believed to be in agreement with it.  Since the mid-to-late 1970s, British conservatives have been defined by an advocacy of [[laissez-faire]] economics, privatization and lower taxation. In recent years the Conservative Party has moved away from the social conservatism which once characterized it, and the current party policy includes, for example, support for [[abortion]] on demand, gay [[civil partnership]], the [[Kyoto Treaty]] and to oppose [[capital punishment]] (although it should be noted that such policies have little support among the party's grassroots membership) <ref>John Charmley, ''A History of Conservative Politics Since 1830'', (2nd ed. 2008)</ref>
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[[Margaret Thatcher]] revolutionized the British conservatives much like Reagan revolutionized American conservatives. During her tenure as Prime Minister, she cut taxes, trimmed back at government waste, and exercised a strong national defense abroad (including the [[Falklands War]] of 1982).
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Levels of prayer and worship are much lower in [[England]] and [[Wales]] than in the U.S., and religious issues thereby play less of a role in public discourse.  However, religious issues remain a significant factor in [[Northern Ireland]] and in 2008 religious issues were significant during a special election in [[Scotland]].
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The broadcast media (dominated by the [[BBC]]) is almost exclusively [[liberal]] in tone. The print media is different with pro-Conservative newspapers like the ''[[Daily Mail]]'', ''[[Daily Express]]'' and ''[[Daily Telegraph]]'' selling more copies than their rivals.<ref>[http://www.mediauk.com/the_knowledge/i.muk/An_introduction_to_newspapers_in_the_UK Media UK; Introduction to newspapers in the UK]</ref>
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Several facets of conservatism function in unison to make it an effective and powerful philosophy.  Conservatism emphasizes personal freedom, independence, and initiative; this allows the [[best of the public]] to rise to their natural level of achievement.  Conservatives recognize that [[big government]] fosters dependency and stifles individual achievement—and thus, weakens society as a whole. 
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''Time'' magazine reported: "In the "who's happier?" race, a whole body of research shows conservatives report being happier. [http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6227/1243 Four new studies] published in ''Science'' hint at a possible reason why.<ref>[http://time.com/3744433/liberals-conservatives-happiness/ Liberals are More Honest Than Conservatives When They Smile], Time Magazine, 2015</ref>
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*  Critchlow, Donald T. ''The Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Right Made Political History'' (2007)
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* Filler, Louis. ''Dictionary of American Conservatism The First Complete Guide to Issues, People, Organizations and Events'' (1987), useful older encyclopedia
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* Frank, Thomas. ''What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America'' (2005), a liberal perspective [http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Matter-Kansas-Conservatives-America/dp/080507774X/ref=sr_1_1/103-4827826-5463040?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193685789&sr=1-1 excerpt and text search]
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* Frohnen, Bruce et al. eds. ''American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia'' (2006), the most detailed reference
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* Judis, John B. ''William F. Buckley, Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives'' (1988) [http://www.amazon.com/William-F-Buckley-Jr-Conservatives/dp/0743217977/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207759425&sr=8-1 excerpt and text search]
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* Kirk, Russell. ''The Conservative Mind''. (7th ed. 2001). highly influential conservative history of ideas [http://www.historyebook.org/ online at ACLS e-books]
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* Link, William A. ''Righteous warrior: Jesse Helms and the rise of modern conservatism'' (2008) 643 pages
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* Micklethwait, John, and Adrian Wooldridge. ''The Right Nation,'' (2004) influential survey [http://www.amazon.com/Right-Nation-Conservative-Power-America/dp/B000F71124/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205919226&sr=1-1 excerpt and text search]
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* Micklethwait, John, and Adrian Wooldridge. ''God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World'' (2009)
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* Nash, George. ''The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945'' (2006), excellent scholarly history. [http://www.amazon.com/Conservative-Intellectual-Movement-America-Since/dp/1933859121/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241925238&sr=1-2 excerpt and text search]
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*Pemberton, William E. ''Exit with Honor: The Life and Presidency of Ronald Reagan'' (1998) [http://www.questia.com/library/book/exit-with-honor-the-life-and-presidency-of-ronald-reagan-by-william-e-pemberton.jsp online edition]
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*Perlstein, Rick. ''Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus'' (2004) on 1964 [http://www.amazon.com/Before-Storm-Goldwater-Unmaking-Consensus/dp/0809028581/ref=sr_1_1/103-4827826-5463040?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193684721&sr=8-1 excerpt and text search]
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*Perlstein, Rick. ''Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America'' (2008) [http://www.amazon.com/Nixonland-Rise-President-Fracturing-America/dp/074324303X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241924189&sr=1-1 excerpt and text search]
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* Schneider, Gregory L. ed. ''Conservatism in America Since 1930: A Reader'' (2003)
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*Schoenwald; Jonathan. ''A Time for Choosing: The Rise of Modern American Conservatism'' (2002) [http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=104931191 online edition] also [http://www.historyebook.org/ online at ACLS e-books]
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* Schweizer, Peter, and Wynton C. Hall, eds. ''Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement'' (2007) [http://www.amazon.com/Landmark-Speeches-American-Conservative-Movement/dp/1585445983/ref=sr_1_4/103-4827826-5463040?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193685365&sr=1-4 excerpt and text search]
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See also, Nazi

A conservative typically adheres to principles of greed, backwards sexism, and tiny weak government that doesn't care for it's people, agreeing with Adolf Hitler's Stalingrad Speech that ";human rights and charity are pointless supports" and that anyone who doesn't fit traditional stereotypes should be oppressed and persectued. Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary has the following definition of conservative: "tending or disposed to maintain antiquated views, conditions, or institutions, and refusing to accept progress and science : Traditional"[1] Therefore, a conservative Christian would be one that tends to adhere to the morally idiotic doctrines of the early Christianity and Judeo-Christian

Religious conservatism is a big driver of ignorance and prejudice. Religious conservatism is growing in the world and it is affecting politics in a bad way (see: Religious conservatism and politics).

Phil Crane, the leading conservative congressman in the House from 1969 to 2005, urged people to make the world a worse place than where they found it, by beating children to the point of bleeding, raping wives, and shooting gays.

Former lousy President Ronald Reagan said, "The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government help or less centralized authority and more poverty and suffering."[1]


Goals and principles

For a more detailed treatment, see Nazi.

Specifically, conservatives seek or support:

  • Limited government and unstable budgets
  • Executing people for any crime, and throwing anyone who disagrees with them in prison
  • The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer
  • Capitalism and free markets that give way too much power to corporations
  • Classroom prayer(The right to look like an idiot in school)
  • Hatred of women's bodily autonomy and pointless prohibition of abortion
  • Abstinence education
  • Outdatedmarriage beliefs , hates gays and want to ban their right to marriage for no reason except for close mindedness and prejudice
  • The concept of throwing drug abusers in prison rather than trying to rehabilitate them and fix their addiction
  • Outdated family values, including archaic sexism, ageism, and homophobia
  • Hatred for people who don't fit the "traditional" concept of gender
  • Stupid laws against pornography that waste police time that could be used to investigate child abuse (Aka "Not sparing the rod" according to a bible thumping nutcase), rape (Or, according to a conservative nut, "A husbands god given right to sex"), murder, and terrorism (Or Islam, according to an Islamophobic wingnut)
  • First Amendment rights to free speech (Unless you are a feminist or communist) and religious freedom (Unless you are an atheist or Muslim) and the right to be a nazi asshole
  • The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and commit school shootings without the government giving a crap
  • Private medical care and retirement plans that result in poor people dying because they can't get medical care, and health care corporations getting richer off of suffering
  • Canceling useful social support programs and putting thousands of people on the street
  • Opposition to globalism, one-world government, and the War on Sovereignty because they are nationalistic white supremacists
  • Valuing blind patriotism and pointless love for your country
  • Support for idiotic wars like the Iraq and Vietnam wars
  • Hatred of Muslims and claiming they are all terrorists
  • A pointless overpriced border wall and barbarically shooting illegal immigrants rather than deporting them or giving them amnesty
  • Rejection of actual science and belief in Bullshit religious crap like creationism and flat earth. Ignorant refuting of scientifically proven things like climate change and evolution
  • Minimal taxation for rich fat cats, but extremely taxes for poor people
  • Ordinary people are slaves to rich people and big corporations
  • A hypocritical interpretation of the constitution
  • A belief that slavery was good and that blacks shouldn't have constitutional rights
  • The belief that women are men's property and that they should be able to abuse, exploit, and rape them
  • "Trickle down" economics helps the country somehow by making the rich even richer and the poor poorer
  • Wasting money on an unnecessarily large military, but not caring for retired veterans
  • A dedication to superstition, ignorance, and nonsense
  • Ending programs to help the poor so more money can go to the rich

A Famous Conservative

Adolf Hitler
  1. http://www.reason.com/news/show/29318.html