ilyka makes some excellent points about Conservatism. I find it interesting how racism and the hatred of any social programs isn't new to conservatives, instead it is the birthplace of conservatism. It is interesting how as a movement I can't think of a group as misnamed as them except the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
Conservatives are about conservation, they aren't about fiscal responsibility. They are about preserving aristocracy, racism, greed and theft. They aren't conservative, they are reactionary.
This is their heritage.