Conservative values and the Judeo-Christian ethic align quite closely. They are not self-evident to most people, despite the fact that they were self-evident to those wise idealists who became our Founders. Nations, whether Christian or Jewish or neither, prosper according to how closely the culture correlates to these values. Honesty, industriousness, charity, responsibility, as ye mete, so shall it be measured unto you, are Judeo-Christian values. The road to a prosperous nation is paved with these values, but paradoxically, they are not an easy sell when they have succeeded and the results are all around us. In misery and austerity, they once more become self-evident.