I strongly disagree with your definition of conservativism. I think it is fundamentally an epistemological view that holds that in matters of law, morality, and governance generally, we should defer to tradition unless there is very strong evidence suggesting a change. Our forefathers were conservative and universally objected to lawlessness, but about 1/3 of the population became convinced that the time to overthrow the British had come. Their conservatism was tempered by a strong grasp of the real world they lived in and their ability to think beyond the dictates of tradition. So, we favor change, even bold change when the evidence overwhelmingly indicates that change is needed, but are generally suspicious of and resistant to fads.