You are simply not inclined to see the emotionalism that drives conservatives as much as liberals since you project your own conservative emotional detachment onto other conservatives. As a former near lifelong conservative I did the same thing. It takes a lot of ignoring and denial to avoid seeing the emotion driving conservative agendas, such as fear.
Conservative, by definition, means at least preferring traditional institutions, so nostalgia is not a bad definition of the emotion behind conservatism. Fear is another.
Conservatives are driven by emotion as much as liberals. And conservatives have no monopoly on using sound reasoning to support their positions. Liberalism is no less intellectual than conservatism.
You said, “I believe you overstate this a bit”. My point is he did not. My later point is that you are underestimating how much emotions really play in our reasoning, conservative or liberal.
Re, Christian thought on emotions lie: Hmm. I could be wrong, but I think considering monastic passion/dispassion equatable to “emotions lie” is a bit of a reductionism. Not many evangelical Christians would actually understand, either, this since most evangelicals believe in the depravity of man. Unless they have studied the Orthodox. And considering most Protestant evangelicals consider Orthodox a heresy, there is little chance of that.
My point, here, is that emotions are not to blame or deride as less intellectual. The two are inextricable. Emotions get a bad rap and get blamed for things they just do not do. Like drive legislation.
Now, if someone is trying to drive you in a debate to feel something, maybe you should feel something. Or explain that you do feel something, even if it is something different.
But don’t hand me this bullox that liberals are more emotion driven than conservatives. Conservatives just respond with different emotions.
If the science in those two links I offered is to be believed, it is actually the intellect that structures our emotions, not the other way around.