Traditionally in American politics very little separated conservatives from libertarians. Both stood for small government and low taxes. Both stood for creating a strong environment for business. Both believed that government should get out of the lives and business activities of citizens so that creativity and productivity could flourish.
The only difference between the two was in the area of foreign policy, and even then the differences were minimal as conservatives made it clear that war should be rare and if the nation goes to war it should be done by an official declaration from Congress, and, it should be fought to win outright, no holds barred.
The Bush era tended to widen the gap between conservatives and libertarians, however...
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