What exactly are the "core values" of the Republican party and conservative movement?

Seems to be just radical/fundamentalist Christian values mixed with underlying bigotry. Unless you disagree. Be specific.

Update:

How can conservatives want "small government" and "individual freedom" when they also want to restrict abortion?

How can they want "fiscal responsibility" when they want women to have children they can't afford?

Update 2:

How can they want "fiscal responsibility" when they want wasteful military spending? Economics 101: Military is the biggest burden on economy.

Update 3:

I'm just asking as an Asian, who actually grew up in a very socially and fiscally conservative household, but then find that the Republican-brand of Christian/Southern conservatism has absolutely no appeal to me (or most any Asian or non-Christian,) and that Republicans and Americans are bigots but love to deny it. Don't blame it on the media because when I was growing up, my parents did not even allow me to watch television or consume any popular media products.

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  • TK
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    @livmyguns Moderates were the traditional champions of fiscal responsibility in America, who never fell for gimmicks like supply-side economics and trickle down job creation. They believed in a government just large enough to solve the immediate challenges facing the country and to anticipate and prepare for future challenges. They believed, as a logical corollary, that it was necessary to fund that government with tax revenues and whatever debt financing is necessary to do those things. The moderate was also a foreign policy "realist" who did not subscribe to an aggressively subversive or militaristic American foreign policy. The moderate was also pro-conservation, pro-environment and pro-public health and science. The moderate was ever cautious about social science and social policy, instead preferring to develop and implement strong educational and economic policies and job opportunities.

    The GOP broke bad in four distinct ways that have had tremendously negative consequence. Mindless de-regulation. Low taxes as an end and supply-side economics as the fictitious means of achieving the revenues necessary to that end. A neo-con dominated foreign policy that elevated military might and war while emasculating diplomacy. An aggressive law and order approach that stressed prosecution, conviction and incarceration for non-violent and victimless crimes, in addition to violent ones, that invests too little up-front and pays far too much at the back end. All bad results that have multiplied over and over because of the pernicious influence of private interests in setting public policy in Republican and Democratic administrations, but particularly Republican ones.

    I don't disagree with your analysis as far as it goes. The Republican elite give lip service to the values of Republican fundamentalists in order to win their votes for the purpose of securing an ever more elitist economic agenda which amazingly never seems to bother the fundamentalists. 48.5 million Americans live at or below the poverty line in America, of which more than 1/3 are children. I'm pretty sure the religious figure that fundamentalists worship would not be silent about poverty in America, the inequality of opportunity and the enormous gap in income and wealth that has resulted, but apparently fundamentalists don't agree with me. So but that down as the fifth way the GOP has changed for the worse. Fundamentalists no longer fight not for Christian values like peace, justice and equality, but fight against "liberals" and their "socialist" agenda and therefore fight for the "conservative" anti-government, pro-capitalist agenda of the 1%.

    Best I can do at this time of night. Have a great week!

  • ?
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Republican Party Core Values

  • crunch
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    How can conservatives want "small government" and "individual freedom" when they also want to restrict abortion?

    Most of us just don't like "abortion" being used as a form of "birth control". We see that as an irresponsible way to turn back a previous irresponsible act and two wrongs don't make a "right".

    How can they want "fiscal responsibility" when they want women to have children they can't afford?

    Not making babies you can't afford is "fiscal responsibility" on the part of the cell donors. If you do make a baby we would rather you accept the responsibility of your act and assume full fiscal responsibility of supporting them and not shift the burden to those who did not make the baby. Forcing others to support the baby for you is gross fiscal and moral irresponsibility.

    How can they want "fiscal responsibility" when they want wasteful military spending? Economics 101: Military is the biggest burden on economy.

    Military spending is a major expense but it is not the "biggest burden", nor is it the fastest growing burden nor does it threaten our long term financial stability. It does have a "constitutional basis" as the Constitution requires the Federal government to "provide for the common defense". The Constitution does not require the government to "provide" for my individual welfare but only to "promote the general welfare" of the Republic The reasoning behind the "general welfare clause" is brilliantly simple. If the Republic is faring well then I as an individual have a better chance to prosper and provide for myself and for those I'm fully financially responsible.

  • Charro
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    This is a generalization of most conservatives but no necessarily Republicans: We are far from radical! We have strong family values. We believe there should be a mom and a dad if possible. We don't hate people that are different from us but when their lifestyle is different from ours we just ask that we not be expected to have it in our faces. We teach our children right and wrong and we passionately believe that being gay is a lifestyle not a birthright. It is your life if you are what we consider living an immoral life then just keep it to yourself. What you do in your home is not our business but when you thrust it on our families that is another story. We think that murderers should get the death penalty in certain situations. We work hard and expect others to do the same if possible. We believe in personal responsibility. We are not your mama, we shouldn't have to pay your way through life if you can work. Don't keep having children and expect us to pay! Don't have sex if you aren't prepared to take care of the child. At the same time we do not believe in abortion, to us it is murder. It is against our morals to murder the unborn. We are not trying to run your life and yes it is your body but don't you think you pretty much gave up that right when you got pregnant?

    By the way for your comment about women having children they cannot afford then DO NOT HAVE SEX!

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  • 4 years ago

    one subject that bowled over me is how plenty some human beings believe that gay marriage could harm families. that is as though homosexuality is a contagious ailment this is a maximum cancers to the classic kin. Banning gay marriage no longer in common terms discourages those determination families, yet i've got heard it pronounced that it could motivate them to initiate a "favourite" (directly) kin. the point of bigotry that still exists is loopy. you're staggering approximately abortion too; banning all abortions could merely bring about greater broken families and greater little ones being referred to in under proper circumstances.

  • Blawr
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    I don't know about the Republican party, but Conservatives traditionally want a society that reflects the Constitution.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    small government, low taxes, fiscal responsibility.

    i guess to some that would count as "radical", and the bible did suggest low taxes (10%) and freedom. but how you get bigotry from that i don't know.

  • Gasy
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    Throwing any mud you can against your opponents. Look at the question above yours.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    reflects their platform in a nutshell and ideology which the american people rejected.

  • Hate wrapped in a thick layer of fear.

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