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1.
A set of political beliefs which should focus on stressing the following:

-Maintenance and enforcement of laws and Constitutional rights

-Heightened strength of state government to keep government close to "the people" and further away from the hands of a few powerful individuals

-Focus on free-market capitalism to keep the economy growing strong

Unfortunately, it is now also known for the following:

-Religious zealotry that uses religion to justify political agendas and choices instead of scientific reasoning or simple logic

-Anti-liberal bigotry that viciously mock and criticize liberals simply because they have different beliefs.

-Homophobic propaganda that makes homosexuals out to be some sort of criminals just because of their sexual orientation
I don't know how to explain to my friends that I'm politically conservative but not a total lying asshole like Rush Limbaugh or other famous conservatives.
by TruthInText May 25, 2010
 
2.
Maintaining and advocating time worn political and economic methods and credos despite compelling evidence of their being retrograde, ineffective, or deleterious.
Someone politically conservative often evidences the following symptoms: Vague rants against socialism, without specificity. Reliance on supposed intentions of the "founding fathers." Promulgating contention based on political parties rather than public good-- us versus them mentality. Reflexively negative reaction to any thing or idea remotely new-- ergo, not a certainty, not proven-- maintaining a stultified political and economic culture.
by V.O. Reason February 19, 2009