Perhaps I'm naive, but I tend to think of real conservatives as people who care about family, children, personal and financial responsibility, taking care of the less fortunate, being nice to strangers and thinking everyone deserves a chance to life a rich and fulfilling life, and sometimes that means lending a hand to create secure footing to help people grow and be whom they can be. You know, shit Jesus mumbled about, like taking care of each other, feeding the poor, helping the foreigner, and all that hippie shit he's famous for.
The modern GOP hold none of the values I just mentioned. Nada. Zip. Zilch. The modern GOP are all greedy elitist opportunists. The vast majority have college degrees and many of them have graduate or doctoral degrees. The vast majority of them were born into wealth and privilege and sought the feed trough of public office to force others to their whims, or even to openly exploit the perks and graft available.
"Don't screw it up," indeed. The modern GOP are about to fuck everyone - starting with anyone NOT heterosexual and white, and moving on to religion, and finally - but not least - stripping women's rights like the Taliban. The modern GOP is going to use every excuse to crush the poor, create a new two-tiered society of the privileged and the trampled, and only fools don't see that.