Message to today's Right-Wing: stop calling yourselves conservatives
Let's get something straight here. The definition of the word "conserve" is to protect something (especially an environmentally or culturally important place or thing) from harm or destruction. However, from what those on the Right have shown us, they are out to essentially destroy and dismantle everything that has helped out so many Americans. Whether it is Social Security, affordable health care (aka. Obamacare), welfare, food stamps, anti-discrimination laws, Roe v. Wade, the Voting Rights Act, Affirmative Action, or environmental regulations for corporations, the political Right has vehemently opposed every single one of these policies. It wants to take America back to a time where people died from easily-curable diseases, had less rights, had less financial stability, and a time where corporations were able to carry on with their business without regard to the environment that we all share. In fact, when it comes to actually conserving things, many of today's liberals are more conservative than the average self-proclaimed conservative is.
So, RWers of all stripes, do NOT call yourselves conservatives. You are regressives. Stop trying to hide behind words that you believe sound more euphemistic in order to advance your agenda.
1. "Reactionaries" is the correct term for people who want to go back
to an earlier era. "Radical reactionaries" is the term for people who want to go back to a much earlier era. The media has continued to call these people "conservatives" long after the word stopped being appropriate to their agenda