It's not the most common occurrence, a conservative (read: Reagan Conservative) that is also an avid technology world follower. However there are some basic principles that are important to highlight for the new younger generation being biased and manipulated by a far left national media structure.
When I started to write this, I multi-tasked Google for a bullet list of Reagan Conservative points. Only to find this timely blog post that really saved me 4 paragraphs. Hop over to Marks blog and read what Reagan Conservatism is about.
Let me expand this post to the tech world now. Mark G writes "Ronald Reagan embraced economic conservatives because he understood that low taxes, free and fair trade, less government and reasonable regulation were the catalyst that would create great economic growth that would be the best way to create opportunity and prosperity of the American people." It is important to view all the growth in the e-commerce, social, and informational progress of the Internet as a conservative success. Business has been free and unburdened by taxes, excessive legislation and first amendment support on the Internet. Multi-national, cross-national, global websites have brought people from all over the world a little closer. Business opportunities have allowed companies like Google, MySpace, Facebook and Yahoo to prosper. VCs and Start-ups are now back innovating new ways to capitalize on the success of the internet. Concerns of net neutrality have only been conjecture and threats by the minority of data providers have been vapor.
Market forces are pushing individual and corporate investment in national data networks. Verizon is running Fiber optic cable to your Door. Not your street, not your block, not your neighborhood and not your town. Your doorstep. One strand of this fiber Verizon is running can handle, ONE STRAND, every single phone call on mothers day of the entire day at the same instant at the same time. Cable companies are building out similar fiber to the node networks. Satellite providers have expanded capacity for high-definition content; moving to terrestrial wireless technologies to complete their product offerings. Billions and billions of dollars are being bid on prime wireless spectrum. $4.7 Billion dollars have been pledged by Google, a public company, for open access rules on a government auction. The government didn't push that requirement the open marketplace wanted that requirement and they were willing to buy and build said network for billions over the acquisition cost for the spectrum.
So as your are pondering this election season, please think past the one liner, one sentence, one paragraph answer to a question. See into the core philosophy of the candidates and align that with the right way to achieve a goal. Governments must remain out of the marketplace with burdensome and counter productive regulations. Governments should be stewards of the national economy and promote at all costs fair and open competition; the national economic environment from which all business must engage in open competition. Capitalism is an economic theory which stresses that control of the means of producing economic goods in a society should reside in the hands of those who invest the capital for production. Private ownership and free enterprise leads to more efficiency, lower prices, better products. That is the true goal of capitalism and a pillar of the conservative point of view.