Establishment Republicans have become apoplectic over the potential for a Ron Paul victory. They claim his Foreign Policy agenda will destroy America. Translation: President Paul will throttle back the dollars going into the War Machine, and will take the most lucrative market off the table - the American Domestic market.
There are trillions on the table for defense companies in an America that focuses her bayonets inward. Think VIPR Teams, scanners, armored vehicles for the Podunk Police Department, et cetera.
Ron Paul refuses to let that obtain. He points to that troublesome document for support - the Constitution.
What the Republicans fear is genuine: Ron Paul's Foreign Policy positions appeal to the Hard Right and they will appeal to the Hard Left in a General Election.
Ron Paul's economic message appeals to an even broader coalition of Left & Right.
Here is the bullet-list of Foreign Policy positions directly from Ron Paul's 2012 site:
- * Make securing our borders the top national security priority.
- * Avoid long and expensive land wars that bankrupt our country by using constitutional means to capture or kill terrorist leaders who helped attack the U.S. and continue to plot further attacks.
- * Guarantee our intelligence community’s efforts are directed toward legitimate threats and not spying on innocent Americans through unconstitutional power grabs like the Patriot Act.
- * End the nation-building that is draining troop morale, increasing our debt, and sacrificing lives with no end in sight.
- * Follow the Constitution by asking Congress to declare war before one is waged.
- * Only send our military into conflict with a clear mission and all the tools they need to complete the job – and then bring them home.
- * Ensure our veterans receive the care, benefits, and honors they have earned when they return.
- * Revitalize the military for the 21st century by eliminating waste in a trillion-dollar military budget.
- * Prevent the TSA from forcing Americans to either be groped or ogled just to travel on an airplane and ultimately abolish the unconstitutional agency.
- * Stop taking money from the middle class and the poor to give to rich dictators through foreign aid.
The only obstacle he faces is an Establishment R machine that will deliberately refuse to support his campaign against President Obama.
For the Establishment, President Obama is better than a President Paul.
If you are not ready to step off the porch, if you think there remains a whisp of hope in the political sphere, do what you can to advance your ideals.
Here is Ron Paul's official site.
Domestic policy- Americans first, obey, to the letter, the constitution.
Foreign policy- Americans first, obey, to the letter, the constitution.
Not too friggin hard.
Oh but you can hear it now, the bleatings and whining from all corners. Paul would cut off a large amount of the flow of lunch money. This scares A LOT of people. If you listen closely, you can even hear the spurious cries of "anti-semite" used as a last-ditch WMD.
'Cuz somehow, an American president looking out for American interests to the exclusion of all other nations is wrong, right?
I musta missed something.
Sorry, but those cries aren't spurious. He is an anti-Semite. I'll vote for him anyway, in the primaries _and_ the election, if he makes it that far, because he is the only one running who would give us a chance in hell of dragging the country back from the precipice.
But his dislike for Israel is more than a simple desire not to give them foreign aid. Any man, or woman, who thinks the "Palestinians" should be the equals of the Israelis is out to lunch on that particular subject. None of us are perfect, and I'll accept him gladly even with that flaw, especially since he is fairly open about it, instead of lying his ass off like BO.
Ron Paul would still be a much safer President for Israel than any of the other candidates, because none of the others will save America, and when America is totally emasculated - as it certainly will be if we get another four years of BO - Israel will be wiped off the map by Iran and/or other muslim State actors.
You guys are nuts if you think Ron Paul is the answer to our problems.ReplyDelete
I don't know what the answer is, but I know what it isn't and that's Ron Paul. His son Rand, maybe, but not the lunatic father.
Do your research before you throw your support to 9/11 Truther and anti-Israel crack-pot like him.
You all lose most (if not all) your credibility when you support a nut like him. And I'm with you on just about everything else.
I`ve been for Ron Paul`s idea of simply following our own constitution for many years now & will vote for him again in 2012. However, there is another new & bright shining star rising on the political horizon, Jon Huntsman. It would be nice if Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman could be president & vice-president respectively. However if not, remember this young candidate in the future.ReplyDelete
Bronze: I don't think anyone here believes there is any singular answer, and particularly not a single politician.ReplyDelete
Our problems are multi-dimensional and multi-generational.
But having a President who respects the Constitution is a good start and an essential piece of the puzzle.
Ron Paul is not perfect, by any means. But looking at the field of candidates, who among them respects the Constitution the most and who among them has the best chance of winning?
Reality demands we go with the mostest and bestest, if perfection is not available.
If Ron Paul is our best option, we are too far gone to be saved by the political process. I'm amazed that anyone that has looked at his actions vs. his words would still support him. A whinny, weak minded old man. Its no coincidence that lefties and left leaning "independents" support him. We have no better options in the field and Ron Paul and the robots that worship his rhetoric are not going to "save the country." The next five years are going to be very difficult. Get ready.ReplyDelete
Anon: The political process will be an inseparable part of any resolution that comes to pass. Even during RevWarOne the political process never abandoned the III.ReplyDelete
Restoration is multi-faceted, and ignoring politics is the most certain way to accomplish a historic Fail.
Perhaps you are new here, but Kerodin and the others here have been saying all along that the political process will not save us. Paul, for all his faults - which are minor compared to the other Republican "offerings" - could be a significant force in softening the blow. He could overturn much of the recent damage done by BO, and make it possible for more of us to survive what we believe is coming, simply by implementing some of the things he has been talking about doing for years now.
Preparation for what is coming must involve attempting to elect those who will preserve our freedom, our rights, as much as possible, whether it is a Sheriff who will face down the Feds, a Town Council who will curtail an abusive police department, or a state that will face down the EPA, as Texas is trying to do.
I myself have felt the futility of trying to "buck the system" of political treachery we have been faced with the past 150 years, but which as gone into over-drive since BO was coronated. However, as Kerodin indicates, we can only ignore it at our peril. It cannot save us, not the way it is currently structured, but it _can_ make a difference in how badly we suffer in the coming ruckus.
Ron Paul is the only candidate who is sincere about trying to stop Big Government. He is the only one who might make a positive difference.
One candidate who supports the rule of law.ReplyDelete
No matter Paul's faults, he stands alone amid the frontrunners in support of the constitution. Without rule of law, we have another Bush or Obama.