Well put. But…
As someone who believes that conservatism denotes a duty to something entirely other than greedy, Randian, small-minded self-centrism-as-a-fetish, I applaud that sentiment.
Traditional conservatives who are neither corporatist shills, know-nothing tribalists, or faux-libertarian shrews exist; we’ve just become numerically challenged compared to the major brands usurping the label. As a moderate, moderately-observant Muslim revert, I can relate; the mainstream have been taught to believe that both are imaginary or, at “best”, misguided wretches worthy of ridicule.
Anyone who was not a liberal at 20 years of age had no heart, while anyone who was still a liberal at 40 had no head. – commonly misattributed to Winston Churchill
Regardless of the origin of the quote, and considering that increased life-spans perhaps move the signposts a bit, the sentiment remains. Perhaps much of what has powered the substitution of activist reaction for conservatism has been the relative youth of many of its most self-illuminating personalities?