Jessica explains, far better than I ever did, why I’m not a conservative:

I hear the word “conservatism” and I don’t see or feel trust in fellow human beings. I see a cramped, scared, bitter philosophy, that regards the world as constantly falling into a moral and personal sinkhole, that distrusts democracy, that professes humility but takes fearful refuge in self-righteousness. It desperately seeks the imposition of a very particular set of “values” for fear that, left alone, people might turn to that pursuit of happiness in unacceptable ways. And at every turn it cries, “Think of the children!”, creating, fetishizing, and pandering more to the supposed innocence and fragility than Dr. Spock ever could.

“Read the whole thing,” and all that.