I am a Conservative.

Republicans are members of a party.  And though I may vote Republican, I consider myself a conservative.  Parties have agenda, ruled by the need to raise funds.  They often sell out their beliefs in the never ending search for campaign dollars.  I’ve seen this over and over again during my lifetime.  And it’s not just one party or another.  They all have proven that they’ll abandon their core beliefs if it aids in raising funds.  Members of parties often lose their way.

Many Republicans are also Conservatives.  But not always.  The term “RINO” – Republican In Name Only has a brother, and that brother is “CINO” – Conservative In Name Only.  Calling yourself a Conservative seems to be in vogue these days.  Mostly due to the Tea Party.  However it’s very easy to identify a CINO – there’s plenty of them in Congress; though fewer thanks to the efforts of the Tea Party.

I will vote the way my Conservative gut tells me.  By observing and listening.  And while I can’t imagine myself voting for a Democrat, I could potentially vote for an Independent.  I vote according to my Conservative conscious…not because there’s an “R” after the name.  If you believe in the sanctity of life; if you believe in living within your means; if you believe that the best government is the smallest government; if you believe in State’s rights; if you believe that government is a tool of the people and not the other way around; if you believe taxes are to be used to carry out the will of the people and not the will of bureaucrats…you may be a conservative.