The Economist Magazine always publishes a year in review and predictions in a special edition in Dec. I have many from past years and since they are from an unbiased view [outside of US mega media bubble] it is worth a read or a purchase. Check it out at a Borders with a coffee or if you still have a library skim it and consider a purchase for your own library. I always liked it and didn't realize it was considered a conservative read. I still like it.
Term 'conservative' got hijacked like a lot of other terms by those that choose to prosper from fomenting confusion.
Examples: There is nothing Conservative about blowing something up. That is the opposite of conserving it. [War is not a conservative act].
There is nothing conservative about allowing someone to poison the land (or the people) making it unusable / unproductive because it is wasteful which is anethma to being conservative.
Conservative and Democratic or Independent or Green or Peace are not mutually exclusive. Only the hijackers of the terminology would have us think so.
Yes, the irony of "conservation" being a progressive meme rather than something aligned with a cautious approach to change and disruption never ends. These are radicals, warmongers and economic expansionist heirs of pirates and colonial exploration and claim staking. They have no conservative policy other than the ridiculous idea that weak and ineffective govenment is good because Private Property will be free to work its magic in the Free Market. Lacking any evidence of this ever working other than to establish plutocracy and boom and crash disasters, one wonders where the 'conservative' part really is.
Then I recall that our conservative really hate democracy and love the rule of rulers with Money. They see a natural leadership class of "successful" corporate leaders and property holders, and they want to get rid of the bother of acting as if the citizens were supposed to do more than be workers and profit centers for the Corporate Crony Entitled. They run the money and we do the work, and it sounds like the old Plantation on both sides of the Mason/Dixon Line.
Barry and Bill opposed the War on Drugs. "Conservatives" described credible theories of social policies and committed Commerce to producing sound, democratic social results rather than the justification for selfishness and hoarding. The poor were not blamed even if the impediments in the capitalist economy were under-rated. One could get a college education for very little money. The minimum wage then, the equivalent of about $15 today, could buy enough for a student to get by. But, even more important, the image of a college education was not framed in a desperate job chase but in having options for the application of a liberal education in various vocational paths.
I keep wondering why Conservatives keep company with so many of those who abuse their brand and why they blame us for being 'confused' about what the pure conservatives really believe when they are hanging around with these bums. Our Lefties spend more time savaging Obama and the Liberal Center than they do showing the Right acting out. Shooting fish in a barrel is boring. If the real cons would take on the Republicans and fellow travelers with half the vehemence they show here, it would be a good thing.
Retribution or revenge is considered a conservative value. I see it that way, death penalty regardless if innocent is Scalia's mantra. gods-executioner covers the reverence for the executioner a few years ago.