Liberals are just socialists. Conservatism as we have it today is like a once young attractive woman, who a few decades ago pledged to be faithful to the ideas of limited government and freedoms of individuals. In the meantime, for many short-term benefits this woman went to bed with religious bigots, with nationalists, with military complex, and with whomever else came along promising political power. This woman is still attractive to some, but respected by no one. Liberals want an authoritarian government executing their ideological preferences. Conservatives want an authoritarian government executing their ideological preferences. The ideological preferences are different; the yearning for a totalitarian government is the same.