mocktwinkie saidEff Lukashenko!
I like Wessterwelle! He's a "liberal", but in our sense a "conservative".
"Westerwelle is a staunch supporter of the free market and has proposed reforms to curtail the German welfare state and deregulate German labor law. In an interview in February 2003, Westerwelle described trade unions as a "plague on our country" and said union officials were "the pall bearers of the welfare state and of the prosperity in our country". He has called for substantial tax cuts and smaller government, in line with the general direction of his party."
In Germany they call this a "liberal" position (classical liberal), as it should be rightly called in America as well.
Why should it be called that?
The word liberal suggests open-minded, broad-thinking, tolerant, progressive.
What part of American conservatism embodies any of those?
The American "liberal" just fuses together certain precepts of what you listed with a secular form of "religious dictation". It marries it with many regulations...similar to: "liberty to do with your body and life as long as it aligns with what we think is in your best interest" -- in the same way you hear religious right-wing pundits talk about "freedom" except for when it comes to gays to marry.
So if a bar wants to have smoking "liberals" all of a sudden cast away their "tolerance", even though no one is being forced to work in that bar or patronize that bar. In fact, when it comes to economic matters in general all of a sudden liberals aren't liberal anymore!
Conservatism, without the religious oppression aspect is about freedom, tolerance (not necessarily acceptance), free markets (all classical liberalism).