Conservatism is not an ideology, it is an aesthetic. The most brief investigation into what their politicians do would enrage these people if they actually cared about these things.

They don’t.

American “conservatives” say they’re are against big government. They are in fact the opposite when it comes to a huge ass military, huge police forces, controlling a woman’s body, government handouts to the rich, government interfering with an election if it helps them win, and strictly patrolled borders.

Remind them that every conservative administration has resulted in increased spending and an expansion of federal powers. Watch them shrug and change the subject or insist that doing the thing they say they are against is necessary sometimes.