Conservatism is what it is for the simple fact that it seeks to gain power and control over populations because it sees itself as the rightful and only authority to maintain a preconceived notion of a proper world order. Conservatives want to dominate, to be top dog and king of the hill. Everyone else has their proper place and should remain there. To gain a deeper understanding of this fact, the following article explains it fully. After you read this you should have a more fuller picture of why Conservatives are the way they are.
The Dominator Hierarchy by Rusticus