Myself leaning slightly liberal, I agree with Republican policies sometimes. However, the ones being spewed out lately, which have the soothing effect of chalk on a blackboard.
But what is the reason for that? What are liberals and conservatives antagonize each other? What are they disagreeing about?
Stanford Enclopedia of Philosophy had just a bit to say:
Conservatism and its modernising, anti-traditionalist rivals, liberalism and socialism, are the dominant political philosophies and ideologies of the post-Enlightenment era. Conservatives criticise their rivals for making a utopian exaggeration of the power of theoretical reason, and of human perfectibility. Conservative prescriptions are based on what they regard as experience rather than reason; for them, the ideal and the practical are inseparable. Most commentators regard conservatism as a modern political philosophy, even though it exhibits the standpoint of paternalism or authority, rather than freedom.
Is that really what Republicans are doing? Is restricting immigration an expression of doubt towards human perfectibility? (Just to name one example)
Originally I wanted to say "what is conservatism" but that is too broad.
then I asked "what is conservatism in politics" but that could include other countries ( Germany or Australia or Kenya or Japan all have conservative branches). For now - this election year - I would like to focus on US politics.
And I might be making a wrong assumption that all conservatives are the same or that conservative=republican in all situations.
If I asked this on https://politics.stackexchange.com/ maybe I will get more of a political answer. Instead here I am emphasizing philosophical principles which govern American conservative thought. The stuff they have in common.