I'm not so sure I can agree with this. Many conservatives today abhor at some of the status quo as of right now, for example a good portion of self-described conservatives do call for social security to be privatized which would be quite a change. To be honest, a label as relative as "conservative" or "liberal" will vary greatly depending on whom you are speaking with. In American terms, however, I'd say a conservative is generally one who believes strongly in the free market system without thinking there needs to be very many regulations in place for it to work most effectively. Therefore, you'll see many advocating for the privatization of programs such as social security. This also coincides with advocating a smaller government and less government spending (with the notable exception of neo-conservatives), less welfare, etc. Just this alone, of course, would include a lot of libertarians as well, so there's more to it than just that - most conservatives also support, or at least personally admire, more traditional social values, which can include making references to Christianity more pervasive in school, courts, etc., a greater advocacy for gun ownership / rights, a more traditional view of marriage (namely in the opposition to homosexual marriages), and among others.