I find it amusing when those on the left misuse the term “Neocon”. I am far less amused when they attempt to refer to me that way.
Let’s review, class. Both Merriam-Webster and the font of all knowledge, Wikipedia, agree that “Neoconservatives” are liberals who came around to conservatism. Wikipedia, on this occasion, puts it quite well: “The term “neoconservative” refers to those who made the ideological journey from the anti-Stalinist left to the camp of American conservatism.”
I have nothing against Neoconservatives, but I deeply resent the notion that I was ever duped (or foolish) enough to believe any leftist ideology. I am not, nor have I ever been ANY kind of leftist, since at a very young age, I lived in countries where the effects of leftist ideology were plain even to a very young person.
So, lefties, if you really must label me, I would prefer to be known as a “Conservative”. Though I won’t object if you want to distinguish me from the others by calling me a “Paleocon.”