I use the label because it is easier. I am anti-abortion, pro death penalty, for less government, support gun ownership, less taxes, personal responsibility, oppose gay marriage and don't think marriage is a right, want our borders secured and all illegals deported, pro-religion, and have many other conservative views. I just call myself conservative instead of typing all that every time.
If you have the opposite view as I do on most of those topics, you are pretty much a liberal, secular progressive, or far left crazy.
Just because I don't hate Bush doesn't mean I worship the man. I think it's funny that those who oppose the liberal label will throw out labels when it comes to Bush and not blink an eye. I think Bush is an honorable, decent, ethical, and trustworthy man, if that makes me a Bush lover in yours or anyone else's eyes, so be it.
I agree with 90% of the same things you listed, the only difference is the abortion debate. I feel that it's one more thing that the government doesn't have any right to have any control over. Other than that, I'm very Pro-gun, Pro death penalty (and not just 'death row... in a few dozen years you get an injection that puts you to sleep permanently', I'm talking 'you're found guilty, you get strung up outside the courthouse in front of the entire town'), VERY pro-border control, anti large government and social leech programs, pro constitution, and i support the individual's right to choose their own religion.
Another thing that i thought of the other day, is that as unreligious as i am, i don't think the "in god we trust' should be removed from our money, the pledge of allegiance, or anything else for that matter. It was something that helped form what this country used to be, and i'm fine with that. I crack up at people thinking it should be removed.
I, too, am not a Bush hater by any means. Hell, i voted for him in '04, but there are plenty of things that i didn't like about his administration or some of the things that happened while he was in office. Regardless, i still think the republican party is and was the safer bet when it comes to the two 'electable' parties, and will continue to swing that way when the time comes.