As former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner recently observed, the modern Republican party has become a party of anarchists. The values of the movement seem to be driven by anti-liberalism as opposed to a coherent strategy. In fact, all traditional conservative values such as free trade, smaller government, and less regulation appear to only be deployed in the service of other ideologically pursuits; but is an ideology that is undefined and hasn’t really been explained by anybody.
But more importantly, modern conservatism is based on policy rejection of science and the academy and the rejection of a secular society enjoined by separation of Church and State. The movement makes no attempt to hide the goal of social conservatism through the embrace of traditional white, protestant values that push to the edge of Theocracy.
I believe strongly in free trade and the principles of limited, disciplined government. But I believe the excess of anti-science views and pro-fundamentalist Christianity are both detrimental to society and to the conservative principle that I do agree with–or at least I did when they were conservative principles.