It may good to identify what Conservatives believe. Each person may have variants but what follows is what I believe conservatism to be. --Strict adherence to The Constitution and respect for what the founders envisioned for the country. --Rugged individualism. Citizens are to make their own way. --Freedom of religion and speech. --Strong defense. --Strong infrastructure. In fact, defense and infrastructure should be the 2 main items that the government is involved in---not social programs --Non-progressive tax system. --Balanced budget or surplus. --A much smaller number of regulations. The economy works best when it is unfettered by regs. Certainly some regulations are necessary. --Strong moral character --Strong law enforcement and resulting correction in full for those who are working against society by committing crimes. --Belief that Man exists at the pleasure of nature and cannot destroy the Earth. Man can only destroy Man. --Belief in Natural Law. There are certainly other items that can be added, but this is the general core of conservatism as I see it, and it is my contention that the majority of Americans are conservative. However, the media continually berates The Right and furthers anti-American ideas so much so that folks are reticent to agree that they are conservative.