Honesty compels me to admit that I am a Republican and consider myself a conservative. But that’s a conservative in an old sense that makes me a bit left of center in today’s politics. This baffles me.
Most of the people screaming — and I use the word ‘screaming’ as a purely descriptive term — screaming about being conservatives today are in truth reactionaries and no more conservative than a cat that insists on pissing where the catbox used to be.
Liberal government policy holds that when the government can do something that will benefit a large number of citizens while harming few or none, then that thing should be done.
Conservative government policy holds that when government can refrain from doing something and thereby benefit citizens while allowing little or no harm, the government should refrain from doing that thing.
Reactionaries believe that GAHDDAMMITT THINGS WERE BETTER BEFORE!
See what I mean about the screaming?