Conservatives believe all individuals, whether aware of it or not, desire the freedom to pursue their own happiness, and that this is morally good.
Conservatism ... can be summed up in three basic values, each absolutely necessary to the philosophical framework: individualism, capitalism, and limited government.
Defining what conservatism is should obviously be far more important than trying to list the vast amount of things that conservatism isn't.
Did the Framers truly intend to condemn us to this charade of taxation, regulation, and coercive enforcement of "do as we say or else"?
Whether you agree in whole, in part, or not at all with Reagan's politics, let's agree that Ronald Wilson Reagan could be considered a "subject matter expert" on American conservatism.
Here, however delayed, is a four point argument on the differences between Ronald Reagan, a titan of American conservatism, and Donald Trump, a populist, celebrity loudmouth.
It is "Natural Demand" that ultimately fuels innovation and incentivizes exactly the type of risk taking that ignited the rapid growth from the late 1790's through the 1890's and early 1900's.
To compel others to violate their conscience simply because it is "nationalist" carries the poisonous stink of Mao's Communist Party loyalty patrols.
As much fun as wasting precious days of our lives pushing a repugnant, center left moderate Republican in another doomed election would be, ideological conservatives have better things to do.