No, they are not and I've been saying it for a long time. They do not follow any of the traditional conservative values. They are not fiscally conservative, they spend money like drunken sailors, just like the liberals. They are not for small government, government has grown under neo-con control, just like it has under the liberals. They are not interested in keeping the government out of the lives of the public, just like the liberals. There is nothing conservative about the neo-cons, which isn't surprising because they came from disenfranchised Southern Democrats!
The neo-cons are just as liberal as the liberals are, they just wear a different hat.
While aspects of the Neoconservative agenda of the past two decades have borrowed from liberal policy ideas, tactics, or princpiles for the most part they'd been primarily conservative. And even those things that were borrowed were typically used in line with some foundational conservative thought.
Fiddy's really the best to speak to this, though I think he generally (rightly so) focused primarily on the foreign policy views of Neo-Conservatives.
If you're speaking of the ones most typical thought of, ie those of the Bush years, I'd define a neo-conservative as:
An individual who domestically feels that the government can and should be used as a means of promoting and codifying traditional american values. As it relates to foreign policy, believes that free markets mixed with the spread of a western (and specifically american) stylized brand of democracy to chaotic/antagonistic states is tantamount to the security of the United States.
In more basic and stereotyped terms...
Domestically they took a more liberal approach (in terms of viewing the government as a tool to use as opposed to an impediment to remove) to pushing traditionally conservative goals. Internationally it becomes a bit more conflicted as there seems to be a chaotic mix in both liberal and conservative ideology in terms of the role and use of the military.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
Last edited by WCH; 09-09-14 at 03:26 PM.
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