First off: Conservatism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Yes, it's Wikipedia, but you get an idea of what groups of persons believe Conservatism means. Here's what it means to me: Well, first off, there is a lot to Conservatism, just like there is a lot of genres of Rock n' Roll. I tend to be on the Libertarian Conservatism side of things. Personal Freedom is a big part. Like drugs. Some should be legal, well one, yup, marijuana. Other than that, illegal, that's where I draw the line and don't become an Anarchist Libertarian. I draw the line, just a little further out than most people. Same thing with abortion. No. I give the child their rights to live. And death penalty, that's a no to me which is against most other Conservatives. But as far as the "Big Two" issues, Taxes and Government, I believe we need a strong and stable government with the ability to raise taxes. Now, the government should function like a business though in some aspects such as fiscal responsibility. If you can't afford to pay for something, you have to wait. You can't do whatever you please, whether that's build a huge and ridiculous military with extreme offensive weapons or support families on welfare for an infinite amount of time. Government should also have a budget and it should not change if there is a surplus of revenue coming in. Government doesn't have to spend every penny. But they do, especially local governments. They max their budgets and spend to the last dime. It's ridiculous. And there should be a flat tax for individuals and for businesses. Very hard to adopt, but I believe that is fair and equal. With regards to free trade, that truly is a tough one, free trade isn't possible with everyone. I personally believe in free trade within a state, as states were designed to set up their own constitution and not necessarily stand on their own, but be their own state with their own policies and practices. States should set their tax rate for trade with other states, but the Feds should set a fixed trade rate with all other countries regardless of product. Back to Personal Freedom. Equal Opportunity Employers, Affirmative Action, etc are killing us. You should be hired based on what you can bring to the employer. If you don't offer anything beneficial, you don't get hired. And it continues once you are hired. If you aren't beneficial, you get fired. Your union shouldn't protect you just because you are you. This is very prevalent with teachers. If there aren't enough black firefighters that passed the test, that means nothing. The people that passed are the people that passed, don't bring race into it. Your skin color is not part of your resume. Nationalism. It's a bad word to some. But it doesn't have to be. If you live here in America, you are an American. You should be proud. You are not Mexican-American, or African-American, or Italian-American....unless you are an immigrant and that country you were born in supported and helped you to become the person you are but you later chose to come to America. If your parents came here, you are American, your parents are Whatever-American. That's how I feel. It's not a racist thing, it's a be proud of America thing. America is giving you the opportunity. Ok, that's about it for now. That actually was a bit of rambling, but it is a snapshot of what my Conservatism view is. I didn't proofread it either, sorry for any errors.