Wow! Do you ever have it ALL WRONG!!!
First of all, it's not "conservatives" per se--it's "right-wing ideology," causing the trouble. There's a difference--a big one. Yes, conservatives are trying desperately to hold on to so called "tradition," not realizing that the times are truly changed and will never go back to the 50's or whenever it was they think life was simpler and better. Right-wingers are a different breed. They are so-called "christians," in name only. The truth is, they are militant ideologues who believe in their superiority and "God given right" to supremacy. In my mind, they are a cult. They have taken the words of the bible and used them, or rather perverted them--taking them out of context, etc. They believe they have a mandate to have dominion over everything because of the passages in the bible that speak of evangelism. They, however, take that word and read it as "power over." They are the Patriarchs and Pharisees of our time.
It breaks my heart that Jesus words have been so distorted and used as hate talk. You say Jesus was a socialist? A liberal? Well, if you mean that He said to love one another, share what you have, turn the other cheek, let go of love of mammon and follow truth and love, then I suppose He was. But he certainly wasn't a liberal. He stood for discipline of self. He said to love God above all else, and then your neighbor as yourself. Which means you have to love yourself first, i.e., respect yourself, nurture yourself, be kind to yourself, then take care of your family and friends the same way.
He would call the majority of christians today--white washed sepulchers.
The right-wing has co-opted the conservatives. Not all conservatives are christian, but all right-wingers are--in their minds anyway.
So, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.