I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about my column. I said that every week I lay out the facts in an attempt to educate people as to the conservative point of view.
She is a professional businesswoman with a master’s degree but she didn’t really know what it meant to be a conservative or liberal.
She said she knew how SHE felt and that she liked some Republicans and some Democrats but she was kind of confused as to the rest.
I told her that it really had very little to do with a political party and more to do with right and wrong. Here’s why.
There are no single set of policies that are universally regarded as conservative.
Thus conservatives from different parts of the country may disagree on a wide range of issues. Conservatism is generally associated with the Republican and Libertarian parties but prior to the 1960’s many democrats practiced what are today referred to as conservative principles.
The major down side of belonging to a "party," is that most demand a lock-step following of the party “principles” and its candidates.
The problem is those things change over time, but true conservative values do not. Many of us therefore consider ourselves independents and not part of any party.
In fact, political positions thought to be very liberal 40 years ago are now accepted within the “republican” party.
It seems that we need a set of standards as to what is “conservative” so let me spell one out. Broadly, true conservatives believe in limited government, low taxes, states’ rights, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Conservative policies generally empower the individual to handle their own life and promote individual freedom and personal responsibility.
More specifically, true conservatism places the constitution, as it was written, at the center of its philosophy.
It urges the government to operate as the founding fathers spelled it out.
The conservative movement does not have a single uniform agenda and there are as many variations as there are people.
Typically, however, we believe that government has drastically overstepped its bounds and often does more harm than good.
We believe that the federal government operates at the pleasure of the states, not the other way around.
Carrying a huge national debt, repeated bailout programs, and over regulation of the free market are things we feel weaken the economy.
We also believe in a powerful modern military and the philosophy of “speak softly but carry a big stick.”
Most of us also favor a strong foreign policy but generally believe that in most cases the military should be reserved only for war.
We encourage people to come visit our country but we believe in a controlled immigration program and secure national borders.
We love all people but we see that illegal immigration is destroying America. We want to promote democracy but we don’t agree with giving government aid to foreign countries at the expense of our own citizens.
We believe in American Exceptionalism and we vehemently oppose anything that resembles a world government and any attempt to intrude on American sovereignty by the United Nations.  
Contrary to the opinion of some liberals, conservatives don’t hate all government and we don’t want to see poor people starving in the streets.
We want a limited government to protect us and our property and ensure the traditional American way of life.
We believe that many times people and charities can do for society what the federal government isn’t capable of doing.
We would rather teach people how to provide for themselves than create a society of dependency. We believe that the parents and school districts are in a better position to educate children than bureaucrats in Washington.
We dislike government healthcare and we believe that your medical needs are best left between you and your doctor.
We believe the role of government should be to provide people the opportunity to pursue their own dreams, not to take what some have earned and give it to others to do nothing.
Government’s responsibility is to be our servant, not our master but what started out as our shelter has become our prison.