“But it’s worth noting what exactly is the most important conservative consideration— what is actually being conserved? What part of the status quo is most important for the conservative to maintain? There are many options: religion, social ways, class & race issues, relation of big business to government, money-making opportunities, even style of dress can fit in there.
Moderates and liberals must internalize that the overriding conservative issue today, the one that trumps all others, is Social Mobility. All of the conservative issues above fit in some way or other under the fear of social mobility and the breakdown of class structure. Most liberals find this hard to understand—they tend to believe that a rising tide lifts all boats and that all Americans should have equal opportunity, and often don’t realize that not everyone believes this.”
(read more at my longer move sideways)