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Good words for Ron Paul

Posted by alifinmath on March 27, 2008

In the Guardian:

Anyone dismissing him as rightwing should look at his unflinching opposition to the Iraq war, and more generally to the foreign policy of George Bush and previous presidents. Ten years ago Paul called “the fateful” Iraq Liberation Act “a declaration of virtual war”, as it proved. In 2002 he voted against the coming Iraq war, or more accurately the pre-emptive abdication by Congress of its constitutional right to declare war. He opposed the equally shameful Patriot Act and, to his credit (and my delight), the granting of a Congressional gold medal to Blair – on the thrifty ground that “forcing the American people to pay tens of thousands of dollars to give a gold medal to a foreign leader is immoral and unconstitutional”, and because he thought Blair a mountebank.

If that weren’t enough, when the House of Representatives was recently passing another denunciation of Palestinian violence, Paul refused to support it. He abhorred all attacks on civilians, he said – but on Palestinians by Israelis as much as on Israelis by Palestinians.

“It is our continued involvement and intervention – particularly when it appears to be one-sided – that reduces the incentive for opposing sides to reach a lasting peace agreement,” he said. “We must cease making proclamations involving conflicts that have nothing to do with the United States. We incur the wrath of those who feel slighted while doing very little to slow or stop the violence.” It says something about US politics today that words as sane and humane as those come from an “extremist”.

I’m not a libertarian but I have to admire a principled stand because, well, it’s so unusual these days coming from anyone, particularly a politician. I too am delighted he opposed Blair getting a medal. Blair is the most gutless, spineless, hypocritical creature I’ve ever known. Bush’s little bum boy, masquerading as a world statesman.

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One Response to “Good words for Ron Paul”

  1. Chris Prouty said

    “It says something about US politics today that words as sane and humane as those come from an “extremist”.”

    So it does. For those readers of this blog who can appreciate Ayn Rand, I encourage everyone to go review her collection of essays entitled “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal”. She dedicates substantial pages to the term “extremist”. The general theme of her “extremist” writing is quite relevant today – that those who do the labeling are the ones worthy of investigation. What’s old is new again.

    Paul was sunk from the beginning. Trying to appeal to rationality and informed decision-making assumes that voters are capable of making objective decisions. I’d wager that at least 30-40% of Americans couldn’t find Israel on a map, let alone understand why they don’t get along with their neighbors. I hate to say it, but America deserves whatever laughable cadre of crooks we get running the show – nobody cares enough to stop it.

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