Conservatism measures success by the number of people who no longer need our help, not the number of people dependent on government to survive. Conservative principles provide a guideline that opens opportunities for the common person to reach hights not possible in a government run society.
When the Constitution was formed, the founders intended to keep the federal government limited to things required to bind the states together and represent the collective states to the rest of the world. When they added the Bill of Rights, they ensured the 10th Amendment said, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Clearly, they never intended for the federal govenment to be as intimately involved in our lives as it has become. We will discuss the federal government's proper role here, especially as how it pertains to current events.