Conservatism can be good or bad depending on what people are trying to conserve.

There we get down to it. What matters is exactly what you are trying to conserve. Child labor? Feudalism? Slavery? Jim Crow? the fixation on any certain era as being worth conserving en total, is filled with things we don't want to conserve. So the very definition of "Conservative" is meaningless.

I like Free Speech and a Free Press. Those are things I want to conserve. I like Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, too, so I think we need to get rid of police asset forfeiture barring a conviction. I'm not religious, but I like Freedom of Religion as well, as long as it stays out of government.