1. Stay away from foreign entanglement and alliances, war on foreign soils unless the United States is attacked or her national security is directly threaten. Back in the old days, some would call this isolationism. I have never understood why we continue to fund and expand NATO, NATO did its job and as far as I am concerned, it should have ceased once theUSSR broke up or shortly after.
2. Fiscal Responsibility This basically means a balance budget, do not spend more than you take in. Applying this to today's situation with trillion dollar deficits and 16, going on 17 trillion dollar debt, it means applying a solution that raises revenues, tax increases if you will, and cuts in spending. Both, not just low tax rates as the GOP thinks it means.
3. Small Government - A government that stays out of a citizens private business and lives. Sure the GOP today wants the government out of business, but they want the government in every citizens private life. I view them more as a statist party than a conservatives party today when it comes to things like abortion, gay marriage, immigration etc. I like the lazzie fair attitude when it comes to how people live their lives, if they are not harming other, let them be and let them lead their life as they see fit. In simple English, get rid of the Religious Right.
Would this help the GOP return, I don't know. They sure do not believe in any of these tenets of true/traditional conservatism and there in lies the crux. what they practice is neo conservatism, not real conservatism. We shall see, time will tell and all those adages. Although I see both major parties beholding to their special interests, their big money donors etc. I would hate to see where one party gains a monopoly in this country where the other party becomes irrelevant. That would be akin to dictatorial rule. I have noticed where ever one party rules a city, a state, a community for a very long time and doesn't have to worry about being defeated in the polls, sooner or later the government they provide becomes corrupt and self serving. I do hope that is not the path this nation is headed down.