Is that a term for all conservatives or is there a definate set of criteria that distinguishes a conservative from a neo-conservative?
BobG is the only one who offered a reasonable explanation. Due to the limited responses to this post I have come to two conclusions based on the limited responses:
1. Neocons are former Democrats turned Republicans who are interested in national defense and global stategic issues. Other than that they are all over the board regarding other issues.
2. The word Neocon is a term spoken with disdain towards anyone who is conservative.
Though number one may be the technical definition, it seems that number two is the most common use of the term.
Now, my next question is:
What is the Neo-Con conspiracy?
1 : a former liberal espousing political conservatism
2 : a conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and U.S. national interest in international affairs including through military means
So from the liberal standpoint are conservatives lumped into this idea? As a conservative, personally, I have no desire to promote Isreal in abolishing the muslim religion if that is actually an agenda. Actually, I'd just as soon leave the ME to themselves but encourage democracy to those there that pursue it.
Barry Goldwater started the NEO-CON movement
on a national level taking some ideas from the john birchers
nixon was the next national leader with his Southern strategy
but his disgrace and liberal laws lead many of the current neo-conned to reject him
then we get to ronnie raygun the braindead puppet of nasty nancy
and the modern newly conned movement was in full swing
some ideas of the neo-conned I like , less goverment for one
but their take over by the christian nuts has lead to a movement
based and biased to ideas that have little to do with less goverment
and more to do with bible based laws much like the tali-ban
other ideas of the neo-conned like balanced budgets and spending cuts to match tax cuts have been lost in the rush to war
in short I see the neo-conned as conned by the rich who think they are better then you so should pay no taxes
and the rightwing nut churchs who do pay no taxes but want power over others thru control of the laws
so I fail to see what the middle class avg joe gets out of this movement