So, I've noticed that a lot of the arguments between the two ends of the political spectrum are based purely in misunderstandings. I've started this thread to attempt to understand what it is to be a conservative, what it stands for, what it means, etc. I was also inspired to do this because I saw a show on PBS yesterday that got me thinking about Federal spending and waste and just how wasteful governmental spending is. If you're a conservative and would like to help enlighten this kool-aid drinking, marxist, terrorist-loving, Christian-bashing, spend-happy liberal please answer or comment on the following questions and statements. Now, what I'm looking for here isn't your particular political ideology or philosophy, but the conservative one. So answer for either what the majority of conservative believe or think, or, if it isn't that simple, give me an idea of how conservatives view that particular topic. I'm going to write either a comment that I think is the case and you correct me if I'm wrong or inaccurate, or I'll just ask a question if I'm really unsure as to what conservatives think about that particular topic. I'm ignorant of many conservative ideas, but I think I know enough to separate social conservatism and fiscal conservatism. When answering you may want to copy and paste starting from below here, just for clarity: I'll start with... Social conservatism: Do social conservatives think abortion shouldn't be legal, or is it that they think Roe v. Wade should be overturned and states should determine whether to allow abortions or not? Should those states have a referendum to determine the legality of abortions? Social conservatives think same-sex marriage shouldn't be legal. Many social conservatives think that homosexuality should be illegal. Social conservatives want to allow prayer in public schools. Social conservatives want to allow the teaching of creationism in public schools. Many social conservatives don't want evolution taught in public schools. Social conservatives want to keep marijuana illegal. Social conservatives want stricter sentences for crimes than we have now. Social conservatives want to deport all illegal immigrants and have stricter illegal immigration laws, stricter legal immigration laws, and more protection of US borders. Social conservatives want all US citizens to speak the English as the official US language. Social conservatives think that the government should be better aligned with Christian ideals. Social conservatives think that US culture should be better aligned with Christian ideals. Social conservatives tend to think that state universities and colleges are staffed mostly with liberal professors and administration. Social conservatives think that police are generally good people with a tough job and that excuses the rare occurrences when police may behave overly brutal or when they seem abusive of their authority. Social conservatives think that democracy is the best system of government for all peoples and all cultures around the world; and if democracy was world-wide there would be fewer wars. Social conservatives think the war in Iraq is justified. Social conservatives think the war in Afghanistan is justified. Social conservatives think that there should be more faith-based initiatives. Social conservatives think that the Constitution is not a living document. Social conservatives think that racism is a thing of the past and no longer a salient issue in modern politics. I'll address Fiscal Conservatism in the next post in this thread.