I just learned a new word the other day – NeoCons. Short for neo-conservatives. It’s a term for conservatives that believe that it’s America’s responsibility and obligation to, in a sense, be a global policeman and see to it that as many countries as possible find their way to democracy and capitalism. Or to put it another way, the way to ensure America’s safety is to make the rest of the world like us.
Members of President Bush’s administration are known neo-conservatives, which is why the country was on the unilateral, screw-the-rest-of-the-world path that it has been on. The neo-cons seem to be more restrained lately, probably due to the complications arising from one of their brain blasts, the invasion of Iraq. They honestly did think that if they got rid of Sadam the US would be embraced by the Iraqi people, a democratic constitution would be drafted and that whole episode would be neatly tied up. Wow. Talk about myopic.
I’m not a fan of the Bush adminstration but there are a few things I respect. For one, they’re clever strategists. I don’t mean that in a sarcastic or cynical way either. They’re very good at working the angles to their advantage. And with the President, a down-to-earth good ol’ boy, as a mascot they’ve got some serious inertia in their favor.
And on many issues the democrats are trapped in a corner. How are they going to win an election saying that tax cuts should be repealed? Or that we should get out of Iraq and never should have been there in the first place? Whatever your opinion is, that just isn’t winning politics, regardless of the facts behind it. It’s a tough spot to be in.
The other thing I respect is that the conservatives are willing and able to try new, unconventional strategies and plans. I thought that “current events” stock futures idea was pretty bold. And this immigrant worker “amnesty” proposal is clever and disorienting, at the least.
The next few months should be interesting. There are going to be a lot of conveniently timed developments and photo opportunities while the democrats claw at each other and third party candidates try in vain to have their voices heard. And on top of that, what happens in Iraq and with the unemployment and job creation rates will affect the comfort level of the Bush campaign.
Hmmm, I guess that makes this a Leap Year.