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Mine are Winston Churchill, and Ayn Rand.  Churchill wrote that socialism is the philosophy of envy.  He had a negative view on any philosophy than involved the looting (not his word) of society.  

Ayn Rand of course wrote extensively on "looting".  She didn't ever call herself conservative, but she fully rejected Libertarianism which I do as well.

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Mine are more contemporary than Churchill but I haven't really advanced to the point I can appreciate whatever branch of Conservatism Mikey is supposed to be. ;)

By "mentor" though I'm going to assume you mean the thinkers who influenced my thinking when I started to realize I was a Conservative.

So I'm going to say, Andrew Breitbart and Bill Whittle.

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I slid to conservative views on my own, when I realized the Libbies were actively trying to rob North America of the affluent society we've built...in the name of fairness, feelings, and of course...money and power.

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On 5/20/2022 at 4:35 PM, Queenmandy85 said:

Sir John A. MacDonald, the Conservative leader who demonstrated that Canadian politicians are the best in the world. 


lol...John was a drunk. But...we was our first PM and for that, should be respected and his statues LEFT UNTOUCHED!

Yet...the Tweenkie class has decided they need to either erase or alter our history. AND WE LET THEM!!!

Stupidity is infectious and the fear of reprisal from loud, obnoxious, fat, ugly wastes of space on the planet, is real. But common sense forces me to loath these Tweenkies and any self-respecting patriot should stand up to them. Trust me...when push comes to shove...these Tweenkies will crumble because...they have no real convictions. Just a trained eagerness to be reactionaries for the cause du jour.

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On 5/21/2022 at 12:25 AM, eyeball said:

It seems I'm assuming the role of 'conservative mentor' in my family.  I think it might have something to do with being the best papa in the world.

I've got a sweatshirt that says so too. Front AND back.

Good for you eyeball. Really. Having and raising my kids, has been the greatest joy and responsibility of my life. I know, deep down, that I would lay down my life for my wife and kids, and I suspect you feel the same.

My kids are much more liberal minded than I. But as they age and mature, I see them slipping more towards common sense and conservatism. They are strong kids who will stand up for what's right. I couldn't be more proud of them.

As for my wife...bless her MAGA-lovin' Euro-soul...lived her younger years under the Soviet thumb. She's as far right as one can be...safely in our current society.

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The big names in American conservatism would be William F. Buckley, Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, etc.

Buckley pioneered the complex process of conservatism, a lot from a libertarian point of view. He was an intellectual that made the hybrid liberals from the Port Huron Statement look like children, ( and those liberals were actually deep thinkers).

Ronald Reagan redefined conservatism with his amazing presidency. Adopting the economics principles of the best minds in America (Milton Friedman, etc) he fashioned (a) the greatest and fastest growing economy of all time, and (b) made America safer than it had ever been in the past by defeating the USSR without firing a shot.

Rush Limbaugh accomplished the impossible. He broke the liberal monopoly in the news media and talk radio. People call him the savior of AM talk radio. He paved the way, not only for great conservative talk models (Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Neal Boorz, Michael Savage) his success led to the creation of FoxNews, the FIRST international news source to give equal time to both sides of the aisle, left and right.

It hurts to mention Ayn Rand in all this, even as Atlas Shrugged is the greatest novel I've ever read. She had some very negative things to say about conservatives (although conservatives in her time were nowhere near the ideology of the Buckley/Reagan/Limbaugh crowd.) And her inner circle of friends and supporters said she was an embarrassment at times, being very irrational and impulsive. She had the morals of a mink, breaking up marriages any time it suited her. She was almost VIOLENTLY opposed to any viewpoint other than her own.

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