I saw this on another thread, where a liberal was demanding someone show the top conservative accomplishments of the last 20 years. He said "there are none" and the debate began. I thought this was a HUGE question and of great importance. BUT, not in the context he was asking. Thats why it's so imporant. Here is the answer: To find the greatest accomplishments of conservatism in the last 20 years, you CANNOT look for big government accomplishments, as conservatism is not reflected through big government, it is reflected through individual accomplishment and freedom! It is reflected through family values, good parenting at home, setting one's children up for future success, etc, etc. It is reflected by what is possible when the government gets out of the way, and responsible behavior leads one's life. If you see a set of grandparents enjoying their golden years out of debt, with their children living a modest but independent life, debt free, out of trouble, and grandchildren in school, not in jail, living well, thats a conservative success story. If you see a small business that opens up, with owners working 70 hours a week to get by, selling an honest product and good service, then expanding by 2 stores, then by 5, then by 10, then by 50, then going publicly traded.....thats a conservative success story. If you see a selfless soldier or cop, carrying a gun into a danger area, on behalf of strangers, and getting no recognition or wealth from it, that is a conservative success story. If you see an ex-con released from jail, clean up his life, accept Christ as his savior, then begin preaching to inner city youth about the dangers of the fast life, and helping minister to those kids who have no one to look up to.........and just ONE of those kids gets that message, stays away from drugs, gangs and jail, and gets out of the ghetto to live a better life, that is a conservative success story. If you see an inner city youth, with no father at home, surrounded by gangs, hip hop culture, drugs, etc, that instead focuses on academics and athletics, graduates, goes to college, gets married, has a family and a business, and sets HIS kids up to live a better life than he did, thats conservative values in action. And the idea behind conservatives in government is to minimalize the impact of government on a free society as to produce the best opportunity for more of the above success stories to happen. Conservative success stories are anytime a person takes responsiblity for his own debt, his own health, his own education, his own family, his own freedom, his own children. And that is why you will seldom be able to point to a big government legislative act to reflect the ideals of conservatism, because conservative success is reflected in the glory and success of the individual, not in the glory and success of legislation that will promise an individual something that he should be earning on his own.