I don’t think being “batshit nuts idot” is unique to any political ideology.
Perhaps not, but I think the far right wing that’s taken over most of the Republican party fits that description.
John McCain: U.S. must arm Syria rebels to deter Iran from nuclear ambitions
Mitt Romney’s Incredible 47-Percent Denial: "Actually, I Didn’t Say That"
My definition of conservative is, in general, support for minimal government.
You may be referring to conservatives in times past. Modern conservatives (especially neo-conservatives) in power focus on minimal government when it comes to social services for the poor and maximum government when it comes to social meddling of the poor.
Welfare drug testing bill advances to Miss. House
Modern conservatives focus on minimal government regulations for the rich and maximum government regulations for the poor.
Modern conservative focus on massive government expansion in the form of military spending and wars profiteers that drain our treasure and hand it to the rich. Not to mention the costs in human lives and suffering.
That’s some of the many reasons I don’t like conservatives whether they be Obama (who is far too conservative for a Democrat) or most Republicans (who are batshit crazy conservatives).
Chart of the Day: Republican vs. Democratic Spending:
… Republicans, it turns out, actually spend a bit more money on social programs than Democrats, as the green bars in the chart below show (click for a larger image). The main difference? Democrats spend it on direct programs that largely serve “the elderly, the disabled, the unemployed, and the poor…ethnic minorities, racial minorities, and single mothers.” Republicans spend it indirectly on programs that “are biased towards workers who are White, full-time, in large companies, and high-wage earners.” But spend it they do. … "
Unfortunately, many average Americans are being infected from “on high” by corporatists who want them to vote against their own interests and focus on distractions (war on xmas, etc.) instead.
More on this here:
The Brainwashing of My Dad - documentary: