Young person, what’s important to you?
Education? Conservatives push school choice and charter schools, which are beneficial for students and parents and for college preparation. Conservatives demand free speech for everyone on college campuses.
Equality for all Americans (egalitarianism)? As our founders envisioned and set forth in our Constitution, conservatives believe in, and work for, freedom, liberty and equal protection under the law for all citizens no matter their ethnicity, religion, gender, pedigree, economic station and whether born or unborn.
“The government was set to protect man from criminals — and the Constitution was written to protect man from the government.” — Ayn Rand
Affordable medical insurance? Today’s ragged, mismanaged, partially applicable system (Affordable Care Act) is uber expensive for any coverage other than catastrophic. Conservatives’ workable, common sense proposals — multi-state, competitive, private insurance choices; pre-existing condition coverage; limits on medical lawsuits; and more — will lower premiums and give our citizens flexibility.
Meaningful work and career? Conservatives understand that not all secondary school students are suited to college. Conservatives promote technical schools, apprenticeships and the learning of trades so that virtually all high school graduates can take their chosen paths and, applying their particular bents and skills, enter the workforce with the opportunity of a suitable and rewarding career.
Time for self-expression, hobbies and recreation? Under conservative capitalism and with suitable and rewarding careers, citizens find available time for self-expression in many areas. This leads to sharing common interests and forging a more cohesive society, which could cure today’s prickly, offense-seeking culture that is focused on dividing society by group identity. Conservatives emphasize and look at individual identity, recognizing each American’s uniqueness.
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” – Ayn Rand
Fair taxation? Conservatives support a graduated tax where lower income groups pay at lowest tax rates and higher income groups pay at highest tax rates. Conservatives do not propose taking almost all of any person’s income, no matter the income level. That would be asset and wealth confiscation and un-American.
Religious freedom? Conservatives believe that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (1st Amendment, partial), so that our government cannot designate a state church. Free exercise means citizens can hold to the tenets of their faith no matter that those tenets differ from other faiths, beliefs and positions, so long as those tenets do not advocate and/or execute lawlessness. Note that some beliefs are ideologies, not strictly religious faiths — socialism, Marxism, et al.
Which major political party best represents, though far from perfectly, these conservative ideals and positions? Republican.
Gary B Hulsey