A movement conservative is one who supports all or nearly all conservative principles with a coherent philosophy, and who advances broad conservative goals both individually and through teamwork. This is contrasted with cafeteria, or 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.
Put another way, 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 himself, but advocates the insights and values of conservatism for the benefit of others.
Examples of movement conservatives would include:
- St. Paul
- The late Senator Jesse Helms
- The late President Ronald Reagan
- The late Congressman John Ashbrook
- The late Congressman Larry McDonald who died on board of the KAL 007 flight when it was shot down by Soviets.
- The late Journalist Robert Novak
- Activist Phyllis Schlafly
- Justice Clarence Thomas
- The late University President Jerry Falwell
- United Nations Ambassador John Bolton
- Columnist Thomas Sowell
- Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh
- U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 6th District Michele Bachmann
- Author and talk-radio host Mark Levin
- Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin