I as I write this, I am listening to Rush speak at CPAC. And I realized something. I have never spoken of what I believe the core principles of Conservatism are. So I’m putting together a sort of “platform” to explain what ideas are central to Conservatism. We believe, centrally, in the ideas of John Locke. Yes, there are other people who have greatly influenced our movement, Smith, Jefferson, Hayek, and on and on. But Locke’s ideas, I think, are the central basis of Conservatism. We believe that Government’s purpose, its only purpose, is to protect the basic, natural rights of all men (in the archaic sense, that is, humans) to live their lives unimpeded, free of the restrictions of a tyrannical government, but living in a secure society where the government protects these rights and their property. We believe in the unlimited potential of the individual, to overcome anything, and we reject the repressive nature of the collective, the serfdom that is socialism. We believe that hard work deserves reward, not punishment, that the best way to make poverty vanish from this earth is not to make everyone poor but make everyone free and not to make poverty easy but to make it hard, to not make people complacent and apathetic but to get them moving by showing them the reality of their condition. We believe that the individual has a right to defend himself (again, this is being used in the gender neutral sense) from tyranny. We believe that liberty consists of the right to do anything which does not harm another person (harming yourself is fine, just don’t expect anyone to pay for your bills afterwards). We believe in the Constitution’s relevance to the present day. We believe that freedom is the right of everyone in the world. We believe in the value of our traditional moral system in keeping our society healthy and stable. We are opposed to any and all forms of political religion. Freedom is more important than anything. That is what Conservatism is, that is what we know, we think, we believe.