On social media and in classrooms across the country, far too many Americans are labelled as racist, sexist, homophobic, or hateful simply because they are politically conservative. However, the majority of the people assigning these labels do not understand what, specifically, Conservatives stand for. While this list is nowhere near comprehensive, here are 25 quotes that describe some of the most critical Conservative positions and beliefs.

On government :

  1. “Government was intended to secure the rights and freedoms of the people; it wasn’t intended to be all things for all people.” -Nikki Haley

  2. “When government decides to solve something, we have learned to be wary. The cure may not be worse than the disease, but it is usually bigger and it costs more.” -Ronald Reagan

  3. “We must not forget that it was limiting government, not expanding it, that delivered the extraordinary prosperity we enjoyed so recently, and to which we all want to return.” -Eugene Scalia

  4. “We’ve been conditioned to think that only politicians can solve our problems. But at some point, maybe we will recognize that it was politicians who created our problems.” -Ben Carson

  5.  “One of the greatest mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” -Milton Freidman

On the economy:

  1. “A market economy based on private property, buttressed by the rule of law, is truly the best environment for mankind. People will work harder and with ingenuity if they know they have earned rewards from that labor. …. To work for oneself and reap the rewards is a basic human aspiration.” -Sally Julian

  2. “Washington has got to, across the board, lower taxes for small businesses so that our mom and pops can reinvest and hire people, so that our businesses can thrive.” -Sarah Palin

  3. “Well, I think lower taxes and less regulation would actually promote growth.” -Jeb Bush

  4. “Collecting more taxes than are absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” -Calvin Coolidge

  5. “But let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you – and why?” -Walter Williams

  6. “Socialism spends the money that capitalism earns.” -Dennis Prager

  7. “Government got us into the Great Depression; capitalism got us out.” -Burt Folsom

  8. “Capitalism is the single greatest force for lifting people out of poverty.” -Ben Shapiro

On abortion:

  1. “Abortion does not end the life of a potential human being: it ends the life of an actual human being with great potential.” -Bryan Kemper

  2. “To say that the fetus is a person if the mother wants it and it’s not if she doesn’t is not science. It’s spin.” -William McGurn

  3. It is an established scientific fact that life begins at fertilization.” -Dr. Mary Mazzarella

  4. “I want you to draw me what you think an abortion looks like. It’s not waving a magic wand, and it’s not getting rid of a cluster of cells that mean nothing. I want you to sit there and draw what it looks like when a baby is cut into pieces and removed from the womb. I would like to see that.” -Ben Shapiro

  5. “If not in the womb, when do human dignity and human autonomy begin?” -Allie Stuckey

On the Second Amendment:

  1. “There are no ‘good guns.’ There are no ‘bad guns.’ Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody, except bad people.” -Charlton Heston

  2. “If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who would have guns would be the bad guys.” -Bruce Willis

  3.  “The government has proven they cannot keep you safe. And yet some people want all of us to disarm.” -Dana Loesch

  4.  “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Thomas Jefferson

On foreign policy:

  1. “Historically, defense spending cuts have preceded increased international turmoil as America’s global enemies sense a failure of will.” -Ben Shapiro

  2. “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” -George Washington

On immigation:

  1. “We should be the pro-legal immigration party. A party that has a positive platform and agenda on how we can create a legal immigration system that works for immigrants and works for America.” – Marco Rubio

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