Doug posted that conservatives are diverse. I am not sure what that even means as all human beings are diverse. Few even have friends who share the same headset. But on the other hand starting in 70's the conservative think tanks and conservative MSM has laid out a list of memes that serve as a guide for conservatives. These ideas are so deeply imprinted in conservatives that you know their answer to any question or situation. The form I wrote them in originally was the contrast between belief and action. A little dated because of last election but the belief part still holds true. A few names can be swapped, Elizabeth can be swapped for Teresa. lol ********************* This is a list of concepts and ideas that arrange the way a person thinks about a number of topics. The list includes items that are positive and negative and often it is the degree to which something is believed or used that determines the way they understand any of the issues that face us as Americans. They serve as categories that allow easy classification without thinking or reasoning. You believe taxes are bad You believe a government that taxes is bad You believe Unions are bad You believe giving tax cuts to those who ship jobs overseas is good You believe people on welfare are cheaters You believe welfare is bad You believe CEOs making 100 million are getting paid fairly You believe minimum wage is enough You believe millions of dollars of compensation for the rich is good You believe helping the poor is bad You believe government contracts for the rich are good You believe anyone without a job isn't looking You support small business but not the Small Business Administration You support small business but give dividend relief to the large corporations You support small business but tax breaks go to the top 1% You support small business but you shop at Walmart You support small business but you buy foreign products Government is a bad thing but the military industrial complex is a good thing Regulation is bad but bailing out failed corporations is good You talk Jesus and the power of religion but vote more corporate power You talk family values but vote more corporate power You talk less government but support more corporate power You talk honesty but support more corporate power You believe in a domino theory of actions You believe in the slippery slope of morals You believe the liberalism that founded American democracy is now wrong You protest against so called cultural elitism not corporate greed You protest against abortion not lack of education and funding You protest against evolution not the inequality of wages You protest against atheism not poor living conditions You have to believe a few cells is a person but bombing living people is fine A few cells is a person but executions are fine A few cells is a person but executing retarded people is fine A few cells is a person but supporting medical research that could save lives is bad A few cells is a person but the child that dies every minute doesn't matter A few cells is a person but food supports are bad A few cells is a person but sex education about it is bad A few cells is a person but condoms are bad We invaded Iraq because it was a threat to us We invaded Iraq because they didn't follow UN resolution 1441 We invaded Iraq because they didn't allow UN inspectors We invaded Iraq because Saddam was a bad man We invaded Iraq to free the Iraqi people We invaded Iraq to form a democracy in the middle east You believe education is good but don't support it You believe education is a good thing but we don't need public schools You believe education is a good thing so long as they teach your values and religion You say 'leave no child behind' but make sure the rich get further ahead You impose 'No Child' laws but let the states pay for it You say 'compassionate' but cut back support for food for children You say 'compassionate' but withdraw aid for after school programs You say 'compassionate' but weaken international laws that protect child You believe it's ok to be armed but one ounce of pot is a jail sentence You believe it's ok to be armed but medical marijuana is bad You believe it's ok to be armed but song lyrics should be banned You believe it's ok to be armed and those who aren't are out of touch with reality You believe it is ok that women do not have the same rights as men You believe women should be quiet and in the background You believe women are ok but you hate Hilary You believe women are ok but you hate Teresa You support women but close the Office for Women's Initiatives You support women but remove medically accurate information from the web You believe tariffs are bad unless you are a corporate farmer You believe tariffs are bad unless it helps win votes You believe free trade is fine so long as it doesn't affect your corporate contributors You believe affirmative action is bad but connections are ok You believe global warming is myth You believe pollution is not an issue You believe the environment will take care of itself You believe we must roll back the New Deal You believe interfering in the lives of gays is proper You believe interfering in the lives who choose to die is proper You believe government is bad unless it enforces your values You believe government is bad unless it is bails out corporations You believe government is bad unless it builds more prisons You believe creating laws that impose on personal freedoms is good You believe that what another citizen is doing in their bedroom is your concern You believe if it is not something you believe in then it is wrong You believe you support the military You believe you support the military while you cut back their benefits You believe you support the military while you close VA hospitals You believe you support the military while you send them to war with no plan You believe you support the military while your candidates never served You believe creationism is good science You believe Evolution is just a theory You believe media is liberal You believe Limbaugh is right on You believe Hannity is right on You believe Coulter is right on You believe Savage is right on You believe Ingram is right on You believe the WSJ editorial page is right on You believe Fox is fair and balanced You believe media is liberal You believe Bush is a common man even though he has never worked nor served You believe Cheney is a common man even with a 55 million paycheck You believe the republicans represent the common man while the corporations support them You believe liberal or elitist is bad You believe some people are bad because of the coffee they drink You believe some people are bad because they read You believe some people are bad because they have traveled You believe people are bad because of the car they drive You believe people are bad because they honor dissent in America You believe it is not honesty and hard work but culture that defines us You believe it is not honesty and hard work but religion that defines us You believe it is not honesty and hard work but political affiliation that defines us You must believe as you believe in nothing else that your opponent's ideas are bad You must never concede that your opponent has a valid point you must repeat that You must finally raise your partisanship to an ideology that you believe as a child believes You believe you do not reason You believe you do not think You believe The scariest thing about the new right is the power it has on many. They do not question the assumptions it makes, they start at the top of this list and they find there truths that should not be questioned. An irony of this is the pieces by themselves are not always negative it is rather the combination of all working together that are a threat to individual and economic freedoms.