Here in Canada I see Liberals foisting social and economic responsibility onto government and other people, routinely virtue signalling, but are rarely wiling to take action or responsibility themselves.
There seems to be an increasing focus on groups over individuals.
I agree with this. As a conservative I have a strong affinity for personal responsibility. I also believe that in the US there is a real tendency toward increasingly centralized government. The Department of Education is a great example. It is solely designed to give the federal government control over local school districts. I would completely abolish it. Federally insured or direct student loans are another example. They have driven up the price of even mediocre colleges and universities while encouraging students to make poor personal choices about money and their futures. I would much prefer to see merit based scholarships. As it is we are requiring a college degree for jobs that absolutely do not require one.
On the issue of health care I take a different approach. I favor a single payer system because it is so efficient. We could easily cover everyone, with better care, for a fraction of what we are paying now.
I wish we could become one centered on the individual. I would like to see more personal responsibility for sure but not if that means that the people are needlessly exploited by business and government. I would like to see greatly enhanced personal privacy and laws requiring the businesses actually pay the cost of employees. (Living wage laws.)
The Tea Party is a rear guard, not a vanguard.
A modern conservative is someone who believes the first amendment is the enemy of the second.