"Bush neoconservative" is a term of convenience to refer to members of the group usually labeled simply "neoconservatives", or "neocons", in the era of George W. Bush's presidency and most notably after the beginning of the US Invasion of Iraq. The usage of the term "neocon[servative]" has changed substantially since it was first used, so it is necessary to distinguish the Bush-era variety from other uses.
Bush neoconservatives are loosely defined as those who tend to support or favor most of the following:
- the US Invasion of Iraq
- President George W. Bush
- the precedence of presidential authority over constitutional law
- using Christianity as a basis for legislative decision-making
- big government spending for political ends
There may be other characteristics shared in common as well.
Bush neoconservatives generally reject the term "neocon[servative]" and instead self-describe as conservative, despite the fact that they are philosophically at odds with many traditional conservative values such as small government.
- A sub-set of aristocrats seeking (with great success) to use government as a free source of new wealth.
- A sub-set of messianic "Left Behind" Christianity that actively hungers for a final confrontation between Good and Evil, culminating in a stage-drama end of the world predicted in Revelations.
- A movement of doctrine-focused intellectuals – many of whom are neither Christians nor aristocrats – pushing a particularly aggressive version of nationalism with a theoretical, neo-platonic basis and its own fervid sense of non-religious but messianic mission.
- Neoconservatism: Wikipedia