Conservatives despise the Church, favoring their atomized, do-it-yourself pastors in their preaching hall megaplexes. Every five to ten years, some nominally Christian fad sweeps through (evangelism, glossalalia, messianic judaism) and the megaplex members splinter off and fester until the next big eruption. There is a wry comment about the Protestant church eventually devolving to lone Christians lugging around their King James Bibles. That's apparently no longer satire.
Conservatives have done nothing as the State put their sons and daughters in economic competition with each other and with prospective spouses. They have destroyed their own children's bargaining power for academic and work advancement by swamping the country with immigrants. They have driven any notion of patrimony out of American discourse. They have reconciled themselves completely to the idea that the State, not the Family, is responsible for a child's education. They put their heads in the sand as the last redoubt of tradition in American public life (I am extending the concept of Family out to Nation here), the US military, was transformed into a Global Democratic Rainbow Warrior army. Conservative legislators, without whom the courts and the bureaucracy do not get a single penny for their crazed social engineering, have fallen meekly in step with the Marxist march.
Conservatives actively supported the 2008 bailout, the largest government-engineered transfer of wealth in human history. They support a tax structure that grinds the self-employed into the dirt. Any politician who questions the immoral public debt, money debasement (an act of theft), the Fed and its active manipulation of capital markets, the rent-seeking and externalities that sluice money to Wall Street, is labelled a crank or worse.
Only Ron Paul, a member of the nominally conservative Republican Party, has articulated a policy to foster organic society and energized young voters (no longer a coveted demographic, now that geriatric Boomers have a super-majority). Of course he is despised, and a demographically-doomed Republican Party is set to nominate one of their own shallow, glib number and member of an apostate sect.
Which raises the the question, as we survey the current wreckage, what do conservatives think they are conserving at this point? If homosexuals in the military are 1) no longer proscribed, 2) previously ignored and 3) now lionized, is the line in the sand going to be trans-sexuals? If women can lead churches, what is the conservative objection to single mothers leading families?
I think for now I'll just be a reactionary.