Conservative values recognize the adversarial nature of politics, and much in life. As a result of their ability to deal with adversity, conservative values are superb in defending against obesity, addiction, adversity, anxiety, fear, depression, narcissism, risky law-breaking activities like dangerous driving, self-destructive behavior, illiteracy, rejection, wastefulness, and serious mental disorders. Conservatives are happier than liberals, and one study gives a reason: conservatives do not insist upon a mindless equality.
Conservative values are also helpful in recognizing and combating deceit. A conservative understands the many incentives by others to engage in deceit, and the political power that can result from such deceit. A conservative is often not surprised by the deception that fools others.
Conservative values include:
- placing ideas and principles above personal desire, weaknesses, fears and regrets
- a never-ending quest for the truth, despite obstacles based on emotion and personal experience, and spreading such truths for the benefit of all
- recognizing and utilizing the benefits of competition and hard work
- emphasizing charity, with its unexpected benefits, rather than compulsory tax-and-spend programs
- teaching self-help rather than dependence on government and others
- a devotion to the principle of justice
- supporting self-defense
- recognizing the media for its bias, bullying, deception.
- frugality and efficiency
- rejecting the deification of government officials
- giving those in authority due respect, but not to the point of accepting orders or assertions that are contrary to logic or morality
- downplaying significance of wealth, disparities in wealth, and materialism in general
- emphasizing self-reliance and being able to keep the fruits of one's labor
- not complaining, and instead taking practical action to improve one's situation
- emphasizing self-restraint against hurtful activities
- emphasizing humility and open-mindedness instead of arrogant certainty about one's own views
- recognizing the power of the free market
- understanding that a rising tide lifts all boats, e.g. tax cuts benefit all.
- self-control as opposed to a self-indulgent search for instant gratification of desires.
- recognizing that evil does exist in the world, and making an effort to combat this force by whatever means necessary
- respecting the sanctity of life
- following Christian principles
Conservative values are useful and powerful in combating common human weaknesses:
- ↑ See, e.g., conservative Mike Huckabee losing 110 pounds.; relatively few conservatives are overweight.
- ↑ Conservative principles prohibit addictive drugs, pornography and gambling, and favor Rule of Law to prohibit underage drinking and smoking, when those addictions form. An example of a conservative who conquered alcoholism is President George W. Bush. Rush Limbaugh also conquered his addiction to OxyContin. A study shows that typically liberal college students live in an environment that "allows for a lifestyle that essentially extends the adolescent period," resulting in higher "drinking," "property theft," and "unstructured socializing with friends" compared with peers who do not go to college. NY Times: "College Students Behaving Badly"
- ↑ Conservative principles fully support self-defense.
- ↑ "Liberal teenagers always felt more stress than conservatives ....," according to one study summarized in The Economist. 
- ↑ An example of a conservative who overcame a difficult is fear is President Ronald Reagan, who conquered a longtime fear of flying.
- ↑ See, e.g., Hollywood values
- ↑ Conservatives accept and teach respect for Rule of Law, and this deters dangerous driving, particularly by teenagers, that can tragically end in death.
- ↑ Conservatives emphasize learning to read by phonics, rather than the ineffective memorization approach of liberals.
- ↑ "While 58 percent of Republicans reported having excellent mental health, only 38 percent of Democrats described themselves that way."
- ↑ "Research suggests that highly egalitarian women are less happy in their marriages compared with their more traditional counterparts, apparently because they are more troubled by disparities in domestic labor."
- ↑ See, e.g., the Coase Theorem