Well, I must say that traditional conservatism has been gone since the major uphevals of the 60s and 70s only to be replaced by a more progressive reactionairy conservatism. For example, the traditional conservative favors high tariffs, isolationism as well as the current corporate welfare, high military spending and more federal control of national development(i.e. morality legistlation). With this new message of progressive reactionairy conservatism that started in the 1980s, many Americans have rallied to the progressive ideals of liberal foreign policy and free trade. However, what brought many Americans to the fold of progressive reactionism has been an increased interest in national development as the courts have nullified much of the national development plans at the federal and state level. However, this has built a population of civil libertarians that may be able to build a counter-reaction if the progressive conservatives succed in some of their national development plans.