Thursday, October 4, 2007
Pseudocon versus Neocon
Permit me a short diatribe on the word "neocon". The term is used most often in the context of the underlying philosphy of the current administration. While I am uncertain as to what the term is supposed to imply (enlightenment perhaps) it is clear that the conduct of the "neocons" more closely resembles that of addiction-level gamblers in Vegas casinos. The addiction here is to power and all of the trappings that come with it. Safety now comes before freedom because the stage-managed battle for more and more power requires the continuous sounding of alarms to inculcate fear in the hearts of citizens. (Remember the orange and red alerts which nobody understood of increasing frequency during the last presidential election?) The word "neocon" in the context of the Iraq war serves, perhaps to distinguish "them" versus "us", the enlightened masses who now realize the war as conducted and stage managed by the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfield is morally wrong. However, this neocon philosophy extends far beyond the war. It extends virtually to all aspects of American life. The sheer hypocrisy of the movement is belied by how they have conducted themselves when coming into power. Consider the small government versus large government issue. Running a bigger government requires more money, and lots of it. The current neocon administration has spent money like drunken sailors and run up a deficit that puts future generations at risk for economic survival. I propose that the label of "neocon" be changed to reflect this false conservative movement. "Pseudocon" more accurately depicts what is really happening.