What Is a Conservative?

Mitt Romney’s advance toward the Republican presidential nomination has provoked a lively conversation about what it means to be a conservative in America today. TIME asked a number of right-leaning thinkers to answer one of three questions to help define both their ideology and their challenges for the future

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NancyWerany
NancyWerany

A conservative is someone who wants to "conserve" the Constitution as it was written.  It is in the encyclopedia.  In contrast, liberals believe in a liberal reading of the Constitution and perhaps to disregard it as much as possible. 

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riccismiles
riccismiles

The sad joke of the contemporary GOP leader and "public party member" is how willingly the leader spits in the face of the member without fearing correction or debate because the GOP base is in its essence without curiosity. The GOP's most recent Presidential nominee in all of his corporate success, represents the pinnacle of American "social welfare systems" at it's most amazing best. Romney is a child of a couple that openly discussed their use of "welfare" in an interview that is readily viewable. We have a man who is proof that at one extreme, you have a 1%er born from the idea of government aid. Naturally, there are stories that fall on the other side and those stories outweigh the minuscule number of Romneys