Conservatism is generally accepted as Constitutional Center and slightly to the right. However, there are two Constitutions, to the left of Constitutional Center are the living document theorist and the realist that looks at the original intent on the right. The political spectrum in the United States is based in a set of beliefs that dates back before our second Constitution, our Constitution was formed from these individual State Laws and State Constitutions. There are perspectives that are more modern but this is more about the foundation Conservatism and I will let you decide how they fit on this foundation.
We can examine these original laws for a foundation; “The Book of the General Lauues and Libertyes, Concerning orasmuch as the free fruition of such Liberties, Immunities, priviledges as humanitie, civilitie & christianity call for as due to everie man in his place, & proportion, without impeachment & infringement hath ever been, & ever will be the tranquility & stability of Churches & Comon-wealthes; & the deniall or deprivall thereof the disturbance, if not ruine of both.”
Due to every man in his place and proportion, this individual conscience was carried over to the Massachusetts State Constitution as; Article III. “As the happiness of a people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend upon piety, religion and morality….”
There was a profound reliance on the people to be self-policing, in individual consciences, in the people having the moral code of conduct and not the government imposing one. Just as important, there was a need for the government to foster a moral code of conduct. The remainder of the Massachusetts State Constitution; Article III. “and as these cannot be generally diffused through a community, but by the institution of the public worship of God, and of public instructions in piety, religion and morality….. And the people of this commonwealth have also a right to, and do, invest their legislature with authority to enjoin upon all the subjects an attendance upon the instructions of the public teachers aforesaid, at stated times and seasons, if there be any on whose instructions they can conscientiously and conveniently attend.”
President George Washington declared, “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States…. His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.” John Jay rejoiced, "Security under our constitution is given to the rights of conscience." Thomas Jefferson, "It is inconsistent with the spirit of our laws and Constitution to force tender consciences." James Madison affirmed, "Government is instituted to protect property of every sort - conscience is the most sacred of all property."
There is an overwhelming body of evidence, only a small part of which presented here that our freedom is dependent on individual consciences and individual morality, or individualism. Some would like to divide conservatism into groups, such as Social Conservative and Fiscal Conservative and this may not be possible or you will have subverted and perverted Conservatism. It should be clear that Conservatism must support an overall consciences and morality in both social and fiscal matters. It may sound selfish but individual consciences and individual morality is more important then the greater good because without individual consciences and individual morality there is no possibility of making the right choice. Of all the core values, this one seems to the most important.
I must also point out the careful balance of liberty we have under our Constitution. James Madison pointed out “What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” Here we have a conflict with some Libertarians that stray too far from Constitutional Center. Libertarians are to the right of Conservatives, which varies from war being unavoidable to ending all war and undesirable legalizations. Then there are some Classic Liberals in this mix, Republicans were once considered a bunch of Liberals. Classic liberals in the United States actually believe in limited government, liberty over equality, natural law, individualism, free markets and constitutional constraint of government, the same as a Conservative. There are also some Democrats on this side of the fence but most all of these are in the Tea Party and not in elected office. Then there are the independents, true independents as the name suggests are independent individuals, independent of political party and independent of government and not dependent on the government for a socialist allotment. I do not think there are many true independents as many would take the candy not knowing the cost but this is changing as they become unemployed and see the government debt. Further to the right of Libertarians is the fringe, the Anarchists that want to abolish all government but as history has shown most all Anarchists are connected to socialism, the left. Anarchism in history is typically a brief transitional tool for socialists, they are in no way connected to Conservatism. Within the careful balance of liberty of Conservatism, there is a broad base of support on this side of the fence.
There are many definitions of democracy and republic throughout the world that do not apply to our Constitution and should not be use, we are not them, they are not us and we are exceptional. Our Constitution clearly affirms we are not a democracy, we are a federation of states with what was a limited national government, limited by the enumerated powers written in our Constitution. If we go by definitions, slightly to the right of this federation is a republic, a government in which all authority exists in the individual citizen, Republican. Slightly to the left of this federation is a democracy, rule of the majority, some call it mob rule in which power is vested in the majority of the people in the course of representation, Democratic. Again, definitions are misleading, Republicans are all too often not as the name suggests including Democrats. Here in the US as declared in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution we took the exceptional direction of less government. Some use the European definitions of left and right politics but that would place monarchists, nationalists and fascists on the right but we are not yet a socialist country. Therein the definition of right as it applies to our form of government is generally accepted as less government and more freedom on the right. Of those that think less government is more corruption and anarchy should start reading from the beginning.
The left is not only progressives, socialist democrats, socialist liberals, and communists but also monarchists, nationalists and fascists because of the center of this nation. Today’s socialist democrats are not the democrats of the past as they are the fringe. Socialist democrats want tax cuts for the middle class, tax the rich feed the poor so there are no rich any more. You know what this is called, it is class warfare and it has no place in the land of equal opportunity. The middle class is a myth, around the top five percent pay almost fifty percent and around the bottom fifty percent pay almost nothing but do get a refund. Where is the middle class in all this? Where is the equal opportunity in all this? This is class warfare as in a heavy progressive taxation, is this in the US Constitution, no it is not. Hold on, here it is, heavy progressive taxation found in the Communist Manifesto, is this the new America? The political slogan “Workers of the World, Unite,” political slogan of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Andy Stern found in the communist manifesto. More chilling is that Andy Stern also denounced the communist version and inserted common interest before self-interest, this is the Program of the NSDAP - Workers' Party, Nazism. Anton Drexler in My Political Awakening wrote, “I am a socialist like yourselves, and want manual workers to gain equality…” In Mein Kampf, Hitler wholly agreed with the My Political Awakening given to him by Anton Drexler at their first meeting. Anton Drexler and Adolf Hitler wrote these 25 points the Program of the NSDAP - Workers' Party. The mobs on the left belong to structured groups with leaders like socialist George Soros, Hedge Fund Manager & Currency Trader, patron saint of Democrats everywhere, sugar daddy of their party. Why is the left lead by the banking industry? These are all left of an American Democrat, including some Republicans, the fringe, progressives, socialist democrats, socialist liberals, communists, monarchists, nationalists and fascists, with each comprising the left or right of there Socialist Party. The candy in the form of socialist allotments the government is throwing us is poison. Those on the left want more socialism, more social programs, more bailouts and a more powerful bigger government for the greater good. The foundation of socialism is to destroy individual morality and conscience, and change it to an easily controlled collectivist sum. This is where the fight is now, you should realize who and what we are fighting or be defeated. Thus, here we are back to the fight over individual morality and conscience, and why it seems to be the most important.