Unfortunately, Conservatism has become associated with the Bush Administration and the last 8 years, (thanks msnbc) but most Conservatives will tell you that the Bush Administration was anything but conservative. Big spending, big deficits, greater expansion of government.
I believe in the tripod of conservatism. Fiscal, Social and National Security. For a short thesis of Conservatism,read the Sharon Statement from the top of the links. It was written by Bill Buckley et al. in 1960 so parts of it are a bit dated (Communism isn’t the biggest threat to liberty anymore ) but the Sharon Statement should be required reading.
I enjoy dry humor so read with your tongue in your cheek.