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Conservatism is a political and social philosophy that promotes the maintenance of traditional values, accepting that technology and society can shift, but the principles should not. Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to the way things were. The first established use of the term in a political context was by François-René de Chateaubriand in 1819, following the French Revolution. Political science often credits the Irish politician Edmund Burke with many of the ideas now called conservative.

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The Bricker Amendment is the collective name of a series of proposed amendments to the United States Constitution considered by the United States Senate in the 1950s. These amendments would have placed restrictions on the scope and ratification of treaties and executive agreements entered into by the United States and are named for their sponsor, Senator John W. Bricker of Ohio, a conservative Republican.

The best-known version of the Bricker Amendment, considered by the Senate in 1953–54, declared that no treaty could be made by the United States that conflicted with the Constitution, was self-executing without the passage of separate enabling legislation through Congress, or which granted Congress legislative powers beyond those specified in the Constitution. It also limited the president's power to enter into executive agreements with foreign powers. Despite initial support, the Bricker Amendment was blocked through the intervention of President Eisenhower and failed in the Senate by a single vote in 1954.

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I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad.

— Benjamin Disraeli, speech at High Wycombe, England (27 November 1832)


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  • June 26, 2014: According to a Pew Research Center poll, 53 % of Americans don’t believe in man-made global warming; 'business conservatives' and 'steadfast conservatives' have substantial incredulous majorities. Daily Caller
  • June 23, 2014: Brian Crowley angers Fianna Fáil by joining conservative European Parliament group. RTÉ
  • June 21, 2014: Former chair of the conservative caucus in the U.S. House, Steve Scalise, won a first-ballot victory for the position of GOP whip. Real Clear Politics
  • June 19, 2014: New York State Conservative Party leader Michael R. Long blasts medical marijuana deal. NY Daily News
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  • June 13, 2014: Damian Green says Conservatives performing appallingly among ethnic minorities, the Tory minister (pictured) says black and Asian voters are 'completely disengaged' from party. Guardian

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  • 1988Section 28 is enacted in Great Britain with the effect of prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities.

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On June 10, 2008 the Ron Paul Campaign announced the first promotional event for Campaign for Liberty, a "Rally for the Republic." After not being offered a speaking slot at the Republican convention, Ron Paul, who did not support GOP nominee John McCain, decided to stage his own parallel convention in Minneapolis. This event occurred on September 2, 2008, which was the second day of the GOP Convention. Notable attendees were announced, including the Rally's emcee, MSNBC's Tucker Carlson, Governor Jesse Ventura, Governor Gary Johnson, Barry Goldwater Jr., Bruce Fein, Howard Phillips, Thomas Woods, Bill Kauffman, Erik Vendt, Grover Norquist, Lew Rockwell and Doug Wead. Country Music star Sara Evans and singer/songwriter Aimee Allen headlined the musical portion of the event. Over half of them sold within 12 hours. On September 1, the more than 10,000 tickets were sold out.

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