Here's a link to a great article by Andrew Sullivan.
Another Conservatism: Doubt Vs. Fundamentalism
While I'll don't always agree with his perspective, his thoughts on the evolution of conservatism really resonated with me.
Are conservatives really in control of our government? Conservatism used to stand for governmental fiscal and social restraint. Today and argument can be made that we have neither.
Many would argue that we live in a post-9/11 world. But many of the social initiatives this administration has pushed really have nothing to do with 9/11.