Confessions of a Neocon

The first time one of Ron Paul’s supporters called me a Neocon I was insulted and hacked off which was exactly the response the name caller was looking for.  However since then,  the more times I have been called that the more enamored to it I have become.   Yes….I admit it…I am a Neocon.  Thank you for labeling me as such, all you napalm spreading Paul-ites who are the self-proclaimed “Defenders of the Faith”, “Proclaimers of the Truth” and “The Founding Fathers Favorites”.  Your name calling has finally produced something meaningful.The American Heritage Dictionary’s definition of  neoconservativism is “an intellectual and political movement in favor of political, economic, and social conservatism that arose in opposition to the perceived liberalism of the 1960s” and Wordnet 3.0 defines it as “an approach to politics or theology that represents a return to a traditional point of view (in contrast to more liberal or radical schools of thought of the 1960s)”.  Guilty on both charges.The early Neocons of the Sixties themselves were a radical group indeed.  According to James Nuechterlein in an essay titled “The End of Neoconservatism” written in 1996,“Neoconservatives differed with traditional conservatives on a number of issues, of which the three most important, in my view, were the New Deal, civil rights, and the nature of the Communist threat. On the New Deal, neoconservatives wanted not to dismantle the welfare/regulatory state, as did most traditionalists, but simply to prevent its infinite expansion, as in the programs of the Great Society. On civil rights, all neocons were enthusiastic supporters of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965, while the National Review was suspicious of King and opposed to federal legislation forbidding racial discrimination. “

Well, I can certainly see how calling someone a Neocon by a Paul supporter might be considered a derogatory term in their thoughts.  (See the famous newsletters.)  As for the New Deal, there were aspects of it that were despirately needed at the time, such as the creation of the FDIC and the Rural Electrification Association, but I do heartily agree that the Great Society of LBJ was certainly a lot more detrimental to society than the beginning of the entitlements that FDR brought us, which were held largely in check by Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy.

In more recent history, Neocons are highly supportive of Israel and opposed to the current regimes in Iran and Syria,  Hezzbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Again….Guilty as charged and I am unashamed to say so.  Israel has been one of the United States most loyal allies.  Why should we not show them the same loyalty that they have shown us?  Especially since they are our last allies in the Middle East.

Irving Kristol, who’s been called the “Godfather of Neocons” and the real father of Bill Kristol who is pictured above with me, wrote in a 2003 article for The Weekly Standard called “The Neoconservative Persuation” that Republicans cannot be “blind to the fact that neoconservative policies, reaching out beyond the traditional political and financial base, have helped make the very idea of political conservatism more acceptable to a majority of American voters. Nor has it passed official notice that it is the neoconservative public policies, not the traditional Republican ones, that result in popular Republican presidencies.”

The main policies Mr. Kristol wrote about are cutting taxes as well as foreign policy.  A Neocon, according to Kristol, feels that the divide between the ‘haves and the have nots’ lessens when there is economic growth for all, even if that means an increased federal deficit which is a necessary evil if it will help spur the desired economic growth.  Kristol continues, “It is a basic assumption of neoconservatism that, as a consequence of the spread of affluence among all classes, a property-owning and tax-paying population will, in time, become less vulnerable to egalitarian illusions and demagogic appeals and more sensible about the fundamentals of economic reckoning.”  In other words, sharing the wealth through growth and hard work also means sharing the tax burden throughout society, as opposed to President Obama who just wants to give the “have-nots” what the “haves” have.

In foreign policy Kristol wrote that patriotism is “a natural and healthy sentiment and should be encouraged by both private and public institutions”, that a world government is a bad idea, that we should be able to tell our friends from our enemies and that we should have military superiority.  What novel ideas!  Does this sound like the exact opposite of President Obama?  It sure does to me.

I confess that I am a proud Neocon and I would like to thank all of the Ron Paul supporters who have given me the label that I now completely embrace, although I don’t completely embrace everything a traditional Neocon believes.    Just do me a favor in the future please?  Capitalize the N in Neocon.