Actually that is not how you can tell a conservative. Of the several types of conservatives only one comes close to what you are saying, the classical conservative. Even classical conservatives do not oppose change, they resist it and want the pace of change to be slow. They generally have no political ideology (They do have preferences however), and realize change is inevitable, and do not really care if the change is to the right or left, as long as it was methodical, using tradition and law as a guide.Originally Posted by Caine
Modern and neoconservatives are politically idealistic and you can bet your last dollar they want change, but only change which attempts to entrench their root ideology even deeper into society, generally preferring assertive policies as their tools. If you have a problem believing this, check out the leadership of this country, and the changes they have made since 2001.
There are of course more types of conservatives.
There are three basic types of liberals, the ignorant, the lazy, and the evil.
I'll spare you the details.