A true conservative
A seething discontent with the world you live in is what makes you a Leftist. And because of that, Leftists want to "fundamentally transform" the world around them. Rather than adapt themselves to the world around them, they want to adapt the world to them. WHY the Leftist is discontented can and does vary but it is discontent that defines him.
Conservatives, on the other hand tend to be contented people. They can see a lot that they would change if they could but they don't make a crusade out of it. They mostly just get on with their own life.
And the Leftist hostility is directed at their fellow-man. Changing the geography or topography of your country won't butter any parsnips. It is people you have to change, usually by force and coercion. Leftists actually hate their fellow citizens. So their outbursts of fury at anyone who obstructs what they want are understandable.
I contrast that with "Supermac", the very aristocratic Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 January 1957 to 18 October 1963. He was from the Conservative party. Some time after his service as Prime Minister, he was elevated to the House of Lords. In his first speech there, in 1984, he said:
"It breaks my heart to see (I can't interfere or do anything at my age) what is happening in our country today - this terrible strike of the best men in the world, who beat the Kaiser's army and beat Hitler's army, and never gave in. Pointless, endless. We can't afford that kind of thing. And then this growing division which the noble Lord who has just spoken mentioned, of a comparatively prosperous south, and an ailing north and midlands. That can't go on."
So the strikers that were causing so many problems and who would never vote for his party were abused and excoriated as a Leftist would do? Not at all. He saw quality in them: "strike of the best men in the world". He was not at war with his fellow man. He admired them. Such a different attitude from the whiners and abusers of the Left. Conservatives are the gentlemen. Leftists are the thugs
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).