A movement conservative is one who recognizes and advocates across-the-board conservative principles, without exception. This is contrasted with cafeteria, single-issue, or self-serving approaches. Movement conservatives, unlike cafeteria conservatives, understand that since conservative philosophy is a coherent whole, it is untenable to discard part of it without discarding all of it. Movement conservatives favor logic rather than self-centered behavior and therefore reject the teachings of Ayn Rand, who considered selfishness to be logical.
Simply put, a movement conservative is a conservative who seeks to help others, and the nation, by explaining, advocating and defending the logical and beneficial conservative approach. A movement conservative is not primarily seeking political gain for him or herself, but advocates the insights and values of conservatism for the benefit of others.
Movement conservatives include:
- Irish Statesman Edmund Burke, who sided with the American colonists while in the British Parliament at the time of the American Revolution, and who opposed the atheistic, anarchist French Revolution.
- Activist Phyllis Schlafly, who invented grassroots activism to move the United States markedly more conservative.
- Congressman John Ashbrook
- Congressman Larry McDonald, M.D., praised as "the most principled man in Congress" by Ron Paul but was shot down by the communist Soviet Union while in flight on KAL 007.
- Journalist Robert Novak
- Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell
- U.S. Senator Robert Taft of Ohio
- Political theorist Russell Kirk
- Paul Weyrich, founder of the Free Congress Foundation and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
- Congressman and Vice President nominee Jack Kemp
- Commentator Pat Buchanan
- Columnist and economist Thomas Sowell
- Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore
- St. Paul, author of the largest number of letters in the New Testament and a conservative hardliner on many issues.
- Stephen Miller, top advisor to President Donald Trump
- U.S. Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina
- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
- President Ronald Reagan
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions
- Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin
- Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia
- U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky
- U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
- U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa
- Former U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 6th District, Michele Bachmann
- U.S. Representative for Iowa's 4th District, Steve King
- U.S. Representative for Ohio's 4th District, Jim Jordan
- Heritage President and former Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina
- Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh
- Activist Alan Keyes
- Columnist Ann Coulter
- Columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin
- Commentator and TV anchor Sean Hannity
- Commentator and TV anchor Tucker Carlson
- U.S. Representative for Georgia's 9th District, Doug Collins
- U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee
- South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
- Activist and executive Steve Bannon
- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
- Howard Phillips
- Author William F. Buckley