"Conservative" friends and family offer much inspiration. It's important to pay attention to what they are saying and try to gain an understanding of how they think.
Here are a few of my observations:
"Conservative" people tend to be very nostalgic believing that the best is past. They seem to be more focused on getting "back" to a better time.
"Conservative" people tend to be more resistant to change. They view change with suspicion and look for the down side.
"Conservative" people tend to be focused on survival of the fittest rather than efforts for a common good.
Nostalgia, suspicion and a survival focus are not necessarily bad things. Those of us who love building something new, overlook risks and see survival as a common goal, need to find a way to engage with the best our "Conservative" friends have to offer. I'm certain there is a way to bridge these gaps.
Smiling as I write this; it's the liberal, optimist, risk taker in me that drives me to want to try. Our collective survival depends on it.