The modern conservative movement is smaller than it needs to be. Conservative values have broad appeal to most Americans, the Classical Liberal roots of those values in fact helped create America as a unique culture and nation. Unfortunately modern conservatives tend to see conservatism as a culture in and of itself rather than a philosophy dedicated to preserving our American heritage and Western Civilization. Thus, like any other sub-culture, we have purposefully excluded people who share a good deal of our values if they are even slightly in variance with what we like to claim is “true” conservatism.
As President Ronald Reagan astutely observed the person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor. Ignoring this advice conservatives have allowed our self-appointed spokespeople to make enemies out of allies over disagreements that, in the larger scheme of things, are often quite trivial. Who can seriously make the argument that religious differences we have are more important than fighting Islamism and Marxism? Or that arguing over sexual orientation is more important that protecting our 2nd Amendment rights or stopping the Left from collapsing our economy?
Conservative values are American values and American values work for everyone. Now is the time to reach out to groups we have allowed to to be poached by the Left for too long. Here’s a list of groups who share conservative values but have long been ignored as potential partners for our movement. American values are also universal values, and it is in our best interests as a nation to encourage the ideals of liberty, economic freedom, personal autonomy and the right to self-determination that are so central to conservative thought.