The Democratic party has been successful in recruiting the minority vote spouting the promise of Democracy. In actuality, they value identity politics over personal perseverance. Coming into adulthood and serving in the US Navy opened my eyes to the principles and values of the conservatism. Individual liberty, patriotism, the free market, small government, and performing our civic duty as citizens of the free world was the dream the founding fathers had for this great nation. Conservatism is the idea of opportunity for all people, even as a young, female, Hispanic immigrant like me.