Conservatives

Conservatives

About Conservatives

While the conservative tradition has played a major role in American politics and culture since the American Revolution, the organized conservative movement has played a key role in politics only since the 1950s, especially among Republicans and Southern Democrats. Historian Gregory Schneider identifies several constants in American conservatism: respect for tradition, support of republicanism, 'the rule of law and the Christian religion', and a defense of 'Western civilization from the challenges of modernist culture and totalitarian governments'. The history of American conservatism has been marked by tensions and competing ideologies. Economic conservatives and libertarians favor small government, low taxes, limited regulation, and free enterprise. Social conservatives see traditional social values as threatened by secularism; they tend to support school prayer and oppose abortion and the legalization of same-sex marriage.