I think this must irritate a lot of neo-conservatives, especially as they hold Reagan up as their savior. Pun not intended.
Except those people aren't conservatives, they are neo-conservatives, which are closer to liberals than they are to conservatives.
I had a feeling you'd chime in on this one. I know what you mean, but in today's vernacular, they're conservatives.
Which really means nothing. If a bunch of theists decided they wanted to be called atheists and for years called themselves atheists, that still wouldn't make it so. In reality, the term for those people, the one they've adopted, is neo-cons. It's unfortunate that so many people just drop the "neo" part when talking about them. They only become conservative when they actually act in a conservative fashion, not because they choose to use the word.
Languages evolve. Words are defined by people and if the majority of people start using a word differently, then the definition changes.
Which doesn't mean that the people who now call themselves conservatives are the same as the people who used to call themselves conservatives. Even Christian above agreed with me, he changed his comment to reflect it.Neo-cons are not conservatives, no matter what they call themselves.
It's true that people who now call themselves conservatives are not the same as people who used to call themselves conservatives, I'm not going to argue that. Same is true for Democrats.