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Glossary of terms used on this website

Conservative:  Person who believes in a smaller government, lower taxes, strong national defense, traditional Judeo-Christian
values and the supremacy of the Constitution.

Constitution: Document written in 1787 that serves as the written contract between the people, the states and the Federal
Government.  It specifies the limits of U.S. Government powers and the purposes for which citizens may be taxed by that
government. The Constitution also includes its twenty-seven Amendments and all laws, treaties and court decisions consistent with
the original Constitution and its amendments.  The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, therefore Federal laws, treaties and
court decisions inconsistent with the Constitution are unlawful and therefore invalid.  

Constitution Conservative:  A conservative who believes in a republican form of government administered under the Constitution
described above.

Democrat:  A person who supports the Democratic Party and votes for its candidates.  Usually supports bigger government,
socialist programs, and a liberal value system.

Democratic Government:  In theory, a government based on the majority will of its citizens.  In practice, democratic governments are
usually governed by an elitist ruling class.  Democratic governments only work effectively with small populations and a limited
geographical area so as to allow for direct participation by citizens in decision making.

Democratic Party:  A political party whose primary purpose is protecting the incumbency of its elected members of government and
promoting the candidacy of members aspiring to offices not already held by another member in good standing.  Its voting base is
made up of socialists, liberals and a variety of activist and ethnic groups.  Its dominant support group is socialist.

Democratic Socialist:  The leading political party in a number of European governments which serves as the primary model for
America’s Democratic Party.

Fiscal Conservative: A thoroughly confused conservative who is for less government spending and lower taxes while often, at the
same time, supporting many government social programs, and government regulation of major parts of the economy.

Moderate:  A person without firm political principles.  Usually supports the popular political views in vogue at the time.

Party Platform: Policy positions designed to reflect the majority views of the Party's constituent base.  Its objective is to maintain
consistency between the Party's base and elected officials.  It is not binding and is frequently ignored or violated by office holders.

Patriot, (U.S.):  A person who loves and defends his or her country and its Constitution, supporting its duly elected government and
officials consistent with their support of the Constitution.  Opposition to government policies are expressed at the ballot box and in
the vigorous exercise of the First Amendment.

Republican:  A person who supports the Republican Party and votes for its candidates.  His or her political principles may be at any
point of the political spectrum, though usually leaning to the conservative side.    

Republican Government:  A form of government presided over by representatives elected by citizens of its various geographic sub-
divisions.  Historically the hallmarks of the republican form of government have been opposition to corruption and adherence to the
rule of law, a written Constitution.

Republican Party:  A political party whose primary purpose is protecting the incumbency of its elected members of government and
promoting the candidacy of members aspiring to offices not already held by another member in good standing.  Its voting base
consists of conservatives, moderates and independents.  Its dominate support group is conservative.

Socialist:  Someone who believes in and supports socialist principles.  Socialists are opposed to free market capitalism and
strongly support “social justice“.  They believe the primary purpose of government is to insure social justice, defined as economic
and social parity among all of society regardless of an individual’s place in that society.  To accomplish this ideal, socialists
advocate public (government) control of the means of production and the redistribution of wealth through progressive taxation
redistributed through social programs.  In a true socialist society, an individual’s role is determined by the government and
economic activity is carried out under the control of a government run central planning group.    

Social Conservative:  A conservative who supports the traditional Judeo-Christian values and the traditional American culture.

Socialist Movement:  A coalition of various political and social activist groups supportive of socialist principles and goals.  
Foremost among the supporters of these groups are the environmentalists, main stream media, universities, philanthropic
foundations and the Democratic Party.  

State Sovereignty: Under our Constitution, the powers of the state governments are unlimited, with the exception of those powers
delegated to the federal government or specifically forbidden to the states.  Additional restrictions may also be imposed by
individual state constitutions.  Current federal programs such as, Education, Social Security, Mass Transit, Welfare, etc., etc., are
constitutionally the responsibility of state governments--- if its citizens want them ---and should be paid for by the citizens of each
state.  Grants and subsidies to states for these programs amounts to state welfare and are unconstitutional since they are not
among those enumerated powers delegated to the federal government by the Constitution.

NOTE: These definitions represent the author’s understanding of the terms used and are not intended to be “official”.  They are
offered as an aid to the reader’s understanding of the rants by the author.
The Illinois Conservative