"Conservatives are hesitant to change things, so they don't screw things up."
I think that "conservatives" have a huge gap between what they say they want and what they actually achieve.
Were corporations historically people? Did conservatives change that. Yup.
Was america historically a torture state? Did conservatives change that? Yup.
Was america founded on religious principles, being one nation under god? Or did conservatives change that? Yup.
Was hemp and marijuana historically demonized? Did conservatives change that because they feared the blacks and mexicans? Yup.
I can obviously find hundreds of more examples of conservatives changing things for the worse. Saying that conservatives want things to stay the same does not equate with the rise of corporatism in the us in the last 40 years. Nor does it equate with the greed is good and inequality is great mentality which predominates conservative thought.
You might just have to realize that "conservatives" are far from the historical definition of conservatives "resistance to change" and other attributes. Oh how I wish it were so. America wouldn't have killed hundreds of thousands in iraq, corporations wouldn't be people, wealth inequality would go back to 1950s levels, and do nothing bankers would be vilified as the enemies of real working people.
In short, there is absolutely nothing conservative about today's so called american conservatives. It's a fiction, a more friendly name on the pro corporate anti public interest party. I would name it the fascist party, matching it up to a proper historical definition. If anyone was allowed to use that term anymore.