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Conservative values

Conservative values recognize the adversarial nature of politics, and much in life. As a result of their ability to deal with adversity, conservative values are useful in defending against obesity,<ref>See, e.g., conservative Mike Huckabee losing 110 pounds.://; relatively few conservatives are overweight.</ref> addiction,<ref>Conservative principles prohibit addictive drugs, pornography and gambling, and favor Rule of Law to prohibit underage drinking and smoking, when those addictions form. An example of a conservative who conquered alcoholism is President George W. Bush, Glenn Beck and Alex Jones. Rush Limbaugh also conquered his addiction to OxyContin. A study shows that typically liberal college students live in an environment that “allows for a lifestyle that essentially extends the adolescent period,” resulting in higher “drinking,” “property theft,” and “unstructured socializing with friends” compared with peers who do not go to college. [[NY Times]: “College Students Behaving Badly”]</ref> adversity,<ref>Conservative principles fully support self-defense.</ref> anxiety,<ref>“Liberal teenagers always felt more stress than conservatives ….,” according to one study summarized in The Economist. ://</ref> fear,<ref>An example of a conservative who overcame a difficult fear is President Ronald Reagan, who conquered a longtime fear of flying.://</ref> depression, narcissism,<ref>See, e.g., Hollywood values, San Francisco values and professor values</ref> risky law-breaking activities like dangerous driving,<ref>Conservatives accept and teach respect for Rule of Law, and this deters dangerous driving, particularly by teenagers, that can tragically end in death.</ref> self-destructive behavior, illiteracy,<ref>Conservatives emphasize learning to read by phonics, rather than the ineffective memorization approach of liberals.</ref> rejection, wastefulness, and serious mental disorders.<ref>“While 58 percent of Republicans reported having excellent mental health, only 38 percent of Democrats described themselves that way.”://</ref> Conservatives are happier than liberals, and one study gives a reason: conservatives do not insist upon a mindless equality.<ref>“Research suggests that highly egalitarian women are less happy in their marriages compared with their more traditional counterparts, apparently because they are more troubled by disparities in domestic labor.”://,2933,354424,00.html Fox News</ref>

Conservative values are also helpful in recognizing and combating deceit. A conservative understands the many incentives by others to engage in deceit, and the political power that can result from such deceit. A conservative is often not surprised by the deception that fools others.

Conservative values include:

  • placing ideas, principles and morality above personal desire, weaknesses, fears and regrets
  • a never-ending quest for the truth, despite obstacles based on emotion and personal experience, and spreading such truths for the benefit of all
  • recognizing and utilizing the benefits of competition and hard work
  • a devotion to the principle of justice
  • rejecting the deification of government officials
  • giving those in authority due respect, but not to the point of accepting orders or assertions that are contrary to logic or morality
  • downplaying significance of wealth, disparities in wealth, and materialism in general<ref>See, e.g., the Coase Theorem</ref>
  • emphasizing self-reliance and being able to keep the fruits of one's labor
  • not complaining, and instead taking practical action to improve one's situation
  • emphasizing self-restraint against hurtful activities
  • emphasizing humility and open-mindedness instead of arrogant certainty about one's own views
  • self-control as opposed to a self-indulgent search for instant gratification of desires.
  • recognizing that evil does exist in the world, and making an effort to combat this force by whatever means necessary. See oath and Oath Keepers.
  • respecting the sanctity of life.

Conservative values are useful and powerful in combating common human weaknesses:

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conservative_values.txt · Last modified: 2020/08/11 09:44 (external edit)