This came up in another thread and I was wondering what makes a person conservative? I am conservative in all areas and I also consider myself traditional. I have seen some call themselves conservative and have some pretty liberal ideas.
I am for:
a strong military
the Patriot Act (as long as it is only applied to terrorist activity)
I am against:
I am wondering about those who consider themselves conservative but have serious liberal tendencies like pro-abortion, pro gay marriage, pro-drug legalization, etc.
At what point does a person become something other than conservative? I can see a person who is conservative not suporting one or two traditional conservative values, but whole categories like all social issues?
Tell me what you think and where you stand, especially if you call yourself conservative but don't support traditional conservative values.
i'm definitely fiscally conservative, and i'm for less government, less taxes, strong military, etc...but here are my thoughts on the others:
abortion - i'm not "for" abortion, but i also have a hard time being completely against it because i hate to know that there are a bunch of unwanted kids out there that will live terrible lives because somebody made a mistake and didn't/doesn't want them. if there were an abundance of loving families that were willing to adopt those kids, then it would be a lot easier for me to be completely against it, but there aren't. most of them end up in crappy foster homes, orphanages, etc and don't get any attention, love, etc. maybe if every person that were against abortion decided to adopt a kid, then there wouldn't be so much of an issue.
gay marriage - i'm not "for" gay marriage, but i'm also not "against" it. i really don't care if gays are allowed to marry or not, and i really don't see how that would affect me in any way. hell, they'll end up paying more taxes being married than being single, so that should be better for everyone!
drug legalization - again, i'm not necessarily "for" it, but it wouldn't bother me if pot were legal. i wouldn't do any drugs if they were legal, anyway, so it doesn't make a difference to me. i have actually thought about it from a complete asshole perspective and thought; well, if they legalize all drugs and give the hard drugs away for free to anyone that wanted them (over 18), then maybe that would solve a lot of problems. there would be a huge drop in crime because people don't have to steal or rob to get money to buy drugs, and eventually the people that do them would drop off, as they obviously kill you...seems like the problem pretty much fixes itself over time. they could still sell pot and tax it, which would be a huge increase in tax revenue...especially if you consider the amount of tax dollars that would be saved from law enforcement and prison housing alone. obviously that's not going to happen, though.