The foundation of conservative values is the individual. This is why there is passionate protection of our God given rights as guaranteed in the constitution. Included in these rights are freedom of speech, religion, due process, and the right to bear arms. This protects from government overreach to ensure that an individual remains free from government control.
Along with rights also comes responsibility. Conservative values lean heavily on the responsibility of the individual to be accountable for their actions and the consequences of those actions, good or bad. You can choose to work hard and be successful, and in a capitalist society, that hard work is rewarded.
The individual is the foundation which feeds into the family. Families come in all different types in our society. Conservative values also support the rights of the family. For example, parents, not the government, should be able to choose where their children go to school (an issue known as "school choice").
With the individual responsible for their actions within their family, they are also responsible for their actions within their community. Building strong communities based on common respect for one another is another core belief. Cleaning up trash, volunteering, and donating are ways to build our communities.
This is why you will see studies that conservatives are generous (they give more than liberals). Because as an individual it is your responsibility to take care of yourself, your family, your community and your world. This isn't for the government to dictate to you; it's your personal responsibility.
Dave Rubin's video "Why I Left the Left" does an excellent job summarizing the new values of "Progressives". Unlike the values of conservatism (individual rights are the foundation), the left has adopted a "ban everything you don't like". This sounds great, in theory, until you give the government power something you don't want them to control.
California is a utopia for "Progressive" ideas. They have passed laws on how much water you can use, what type of car can be sold, and if you are "allowed" a plastic straw. Recently, with the passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), they have even decided how you can work by banning independent contractor work in many industries (except of course the industries that they deem important, aka their donors).
And what were the results? Thousands of people WHO LIKED THEIR JOBS were left without work. (See articles regarding writers losing jobs, truckers suing to keep their jobs, and personally stories compiled by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R) from California.) Is this really a progressive idea? Or are we going back to a time when the government dictates to you what you read, where you will work, and how much money you can earn?
This summary by Student News Daily on Conservative vs Liberal ideas on key topics is mostly fair.
But the question (to me) comes down to this: do you want freedom to choose (conservative value of the individual) or do you want a government to make that decision for you (liberal value of the government knows best)?
This isn't the Democrat Party I grew up with
This is not the party of JFK. It's not even the party of Barack Obama. This is not the party of the working class. They want to punish those who work hard while encouraging the attitude of being a victim.
Ideally, we would have a party that would passionately push back against higher taxes, open borders, government control over how and where you work, and legalized discrimination. Unfortunately, we have Republicans.
Some things they get right.
But they keep missing the mark on core conservative values:
I never got involved in politics. Like many people, through my 20's, I was busy with school, working 2-3 jobs, enjoying life. Then came 2016. I didn't vote for Trump. The polls and every news organization told me Hillary was going to win. When she didn't, I started paying attention. How could the polls be so wrong? What happened? In searching for answers, I found some disturbing trends.
As the saying goes once you see it, you can't unsee it. And then you have a choice, ignore it or do something about it. I decided to do something. I volunteered in the 2018 election, started a twitter account, moved to a Parler account, and now I am building this website. Politics today is not like politics from even 20 years ago. The parties used to have some commonly held beliefs: America's interest comes first, borders are a good for the country, respect the flag and what it stands for. Democrats used to be the party of the working American, now we see their calls to tax the working American to support those who "don't want to work". Republicans used to be the proud party of Lincoln, now many cower faced with an unfavorable headline. California is in trouble and we need an informed citizenry to understand what is happening. We have almost 40% poverty, a growing homeless population, the highest taxes, and our legislature has a never ending desire to take more hard earned money. We need to get involved in local issues. Connect with others around the state. And start making some changes.
I am a millennial and I noticed there aren't a lot of resources for those starting out on their political journey. You get bits and pieces from news and social media, but I wanted a one stop shop to get me started. I hope this acts as that resource for you.