Is there a definition of "conservative" that fits our modern usageMany in politics claim that there are several types of "conservative". No doubt that there is a wide array of Americans who label themselves conservative yet can disagree on many issues. We all know that true conservative Republicans favor specific principles: small government, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty and sound economic reason. It is time to move forward as a united front, and the only way we can progress is by presenting an agenda that is centered on these founding GOP tenets.
of the term? Is there, for example, a "litmus test" that characterizes a
"conservative?" From where I stand, there isn't. If there is, I'd like to hear
it. I classify the "moderates" as those Republicans who are right-of-center on
one or more issues (taxes, spending, regulation, etc.) but who are liberal on
other issues (generally social issues.) To be honest, I'm not sure why these
folks are Republicans, but we should be happy to have them on board--even if
they're a pain in the butt sometimes. Having said that, these folks DO NOT need
to be occupying positions in the GOP leadership.”
It is the mainstream Republicans-- those who can communicate with members on both sides of the aisle and fight for the real Republican values-- that are exactly the type of Republicans we need in Leadership. How can we expect to get anything done in Congress if we have leaders who refuse to compromise and work together for the good of the country? Remember, it was with a divisive GOP agenda that the Party lost its majority and therefore the ability to steer the future of our nation.