One who believes that the government should not interfere much (if at all) with the economy or a person's privacy. One who believes that a man needs to pull himself up by his own bootstraps, become self-reliant, stop taking taxes and start paying them. One who believes that taxes themselves should be kept to a minimum.
One who believes in a person's right to free speech and religion, one who abhors censorship. One who believes that it is the people who should lead the country, not the government. One who believes that a man deserves his own earnings and the government doesn't need to be taking away chunks of his hard labor.
One who sees people like Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama and can't help but shudder at the thought that either one might actually become the next President, both being extremely horrible choices.
Conservative is a term free from religious and racial associations/prejudices, although often associated with "bigot", something that has nothing to do with conservatism.
All in all, conservatives are the polar opposite of fascists, although they face plenty of name calling despite the fact that the fascists that people are referring to when insulting conservatives had very liberal policies and are only related to conservatives in the sense that they acknowledge the importance of a strong military, because by God if there's a country that needs a strong military, it's America.
Affirmative action is one of the most racist things conceived. It is a policy that, in its existence, basically says that all people who are not white are intellectually inferior to white people and thus, need a helping hand from the government.
"Are you a liberal?"
"Nope. I'd rather think for myself than have the government do it for me."
"So you're a fascist?"
"I just answered that. I said no. I'm a conservative."
"So you're a Christian?"
"Kind of, but what does that have to do with it?"
"Hah! So you're a fascist!"
"No, you're just an idiot."