Conservatism in the United States has been overly politicized in recent years, Changing it from a statement of values to a statement used to describe a political party.
It is truly characterized by a respect for American traditions, limited government, personal accountability, support for Christian values, strong morals, pro-business, free trade, a defense of tradition and Western culture from the perceived threats posed by communism, liberty is a core value, and we recognize that the American Constitution does not dictate the rights of the people, but rather restricts the government from restricting those rights.
American conservatives typically believe in limiting government in size and scope, and in a balance between national government and states' rights. We support the Constitution as written by our founding fathers.
Social conservatives, often oppose abortion, and support the nuclear family.
Being conservative doesn't mean you have to be super political or even an activist (as the media might lead you to believe). It is about your life style, personal accountability, life choices and moral compass.