Definition of conservative

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What best describes your politics?

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  1. zzzz
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    zzzz Just a regular American

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    How do you define conservatism? Do you think you have to support a big military to be a conservative? How about abortion? Can you be for abortion yet be a conservative? Or can you disagree on some things and still be a conservative? Can you be conservative on economic issues and a liberal on social issues?
     
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    I agree with your quote, but following that definition closely it begs the question: what institutions are traditional?

    A conservative view would have been to keep slavery (abolishing slavery would not be "minimal" as per the definition), but in today's society is anti-slavery traditional?

    From my perspective slavery is a traditional institution and I am thankful we abolished it. We should keep institutions based on their merits, not because they are "traditional".
     
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    How do you define conservatism?

    con·serv·a·tism   /kənˈsɜrvəˌtɪzəm/ Show Spelled
    [kuhn-sur-vuh-tiz-uhm] Show IPA

    –noun
    1. the disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change.
    2. the principles and practices of political conservatives.
     
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    yes. No. No. No. No.
     
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    but in today's society is anti-slavery traditional?

    That's a good point. I would answer, yes. Conservatism is always relative to time and place, as is liberalism. Take for example the notion that women should be able to drive. In Saudi Arabia, that would be considered a "liberal" position today. In America, suggesting that women shouldn't be allowed to drive would be considered so conservative as to be insane.

    Today's conservatism is always yesterdays liberalism as conservatism is, in the end, conservation of the status quo.
     
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    So for you, there can be no straying from the fold on any issue? If you disagree with the conservative mandate on issues you are not a conservative?
     
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    That's right. You can still be a Republican but not a conservative.
     
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    I support a big national defense (which is mandated in The Constitution)
    I dont support abortion... for any reason. (Life is too precious)
    I dont agree with all "conservatives"... we all have our own opinions.
    I am conservative on all issues... social & economic

    Me being a conservative is just in my genes... I have always been this way, even as a kid.
    I ALWAYS took care of my toys, I was always trying to make things like my clothes and shoes last as long as possible... Hell, I hate to waste anything. Does that make me an "eco-conservative"?
    I even recycled an old 86 4Runner and made it into a cool ride (no cash for clunkers)...

    Yep... being conservative is just a way of life for me.
     
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    Conservative:

    Anti Education

    Anti government

    Pro religion (Christian)

    Anti gay

    Anti women's rights

    The vast majority of the 90% Republican Party

    Home might have rims

    Hates Iran

    Thinks we "won" in Iraq

    Doesn't know where Iran is.

    Doesn't know where Iraq is.

    Many think Obama is the Anti Christ

    Unlikely to be a scientist

    Likes and admires the "wisdom" of Sarah Palin
     
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    If you were a liberal, you wouldn't have to do those things because you'd have been taught that the government will bail you out if you wreck the old stuff.
     
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