So many people today with Conservative instincts feel compelled to apologize for them. Or if not to apologize directly, to qualify their commitment in a way that amounts to breast feeding. Nixon said, “Republican candidates should be economic conservatives, but conservatives with a heart.” President Eisenhower announced during his first term, “I am conservative when it comes to economic problems, but liberal when it comes to human problems.” Republican leaders have insisted on calling themselves “Progressive Conservatives”
These formulations are tantamount to an admission that conservatism is narrow, mechanistic economic theory that may work very well as a book keepers guide, but cannot be relied upon as a comprehensive political philosophy.”
“We Liberals, they say are interested in people. Our concern is for human beings while you Conservatives are preoccupied with preservation of economic privilege and status. Liberals will take their (blasphemous and erroneous) accusations into a class argument: “It is the little people we are concerns us, not the malefactors of great wealth.” Such statements, from friend and foe alike, do great injustice (ludicrous and false) to the Conservative point of view. Liberals attack conservatism and Republicans ignore it; pretend it is not true while this liberal lie festers and spreads among the uneducated…yes the uneducated for whom the FED via the DOE has wasted more than $1.4 TRILLION.
Conservatism is not an economic theory, though it has economic implications. Quite the opposite as it is Liberalism aka “Socialism” that subordinates all other considerations to mans well-being. Conservatism puts materialism in their proper place… Conservatism has a structured view of the human being and of human society… not liberalism
Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater (with emphasis)