It is no mystery that I am an avid Ron Paul supporter. So as I read the latest "rush to judgment" complete with all of the labeling and derogatory talk- rather than argue along skirmish lines in various comment boxes- I thought I'd make my presence felt here. So what happened?
Let's start with the "Young Americans for Freedom" and their site. The YAF has decided to "purge" Ron Paul from their advisory board. http://www.yaf.com/blog_post/show/57
Some more vitriol here: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/publius-forum/2011/02/cpac-2011-ron-pauls-last-straw-with-yaf-time-for-paulies-to-grow-up.html
At issue here, is that apparently Ron Paul does not see a need to bomb everyone back to the stone age. This is a complex issue that involves more than nationalistic philosophy. It involves life, death, gobs of money, and interestingly enough, core values and party tenets. There are a whole host of mitigating circumstances that are involved in anyone's rendered opinions and beliefs. Sometimes, if given the opportunity- what doesn't make sense at first blush makes perfect sense after an explanation is offered. Sometimes, we even change our minds completely. Churchill once said, "I reserve the right to change my mind just as often as the facts change." I've tried it and it works.
So Ron Paul doesn't think we should fight every war? Forgive me if I don't think that's particularly egregious. So Ron Paul thinks that maybe we are partly to blame for the mideast's hatred of the west? Everything we've done there is God approved? Let's just kill critical thought and bury it now. We have no need to self examine or practice rigorous honesty for any of our deeds. The crooked Shah, Bin Laden, WMD's, invasions, killing a few thousand innocents here or there, extorting oil. And some guy has the audacity to question whether we should be doing things like that? I'll tell you how nuts I am, that actually sounds like responsible thinking to me.
Paul's statements border on treason? Has the YAF completely left the rails? Also clipped from the site: Young Americans for Freedom is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most active conservative - libertarian youth organization. The key word there is libertarian.
Let's start with the basics. Ron Paul is a straight shooter and a doctor. His basic philosophy for 40 years has not changed and probably pre-dates the infancy of the YAF and it's membership. He has been involved in no scandals. I am sure his presence on the YAF Board was done free of charge or in some honorary fashion. His voting record does not waver and the last time I checked- he always lands #1 on conservative voting tallies.
Conservative voting means not pissing away money. So just how much does our government spend per year on foreign affairs? Any guesses YAF? 1.1 trillion per year. http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/jul/15/ron-paul/ron-paul-says-us-spends-1-trillion-foreign-policy/
The YAF claims to be a libertarian organization? Really? From the Libertarian party platform, a refresher.
3.3 International Affairs
American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should
emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding
foreign entanglements. We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention,
including military and economic aid. We recognize the right of all people to resist tyranny and
defend themselves and their rights. We condemn the use of force, and especially the use of
terrorism, against the innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by governments or by
political or revolutionary groups.
Wow. What a piece of lunacy that is. We recognize the sovereign rights of all people.
On another site, a writer adds that Paul could run as a Libertarian- that it is disingenuous to run as a Republican. To that I reply simply- these two mongrel dog parties have done everything short of killing to prevent a viable third party. They have a complete monopoly and stranglehold on the voting public which they apply with a death grip. They are populated with members, that neither adhere to or maintain platform tenets under which they run. RINO's and DINO's, swinging in the breeze- willing to cross any issue line if they see it is politically expedient and will further their re-election goals. They speak and vote dishonestly.
The most stable and predictable member of both parties and Congress is Ron Paul. What I am saying simply- is that Paul's voting record is honest. Truthful in a day and age when no politician dare utter the truth. Politicians habitually lie. Because if they take a stand, perhaps even an unpopular one, somebody like the YAF will throw the baby out with the bathwater. Example given.
There will never ever be a politician who agrees with everything we want. But there are candidates who can breach a 90% level or better. Paul is that guy for me. To castigate someone who is adhering to party tenets simply because some group wants to practice nationalism rather than patriotism defies belief. The allegations are misrepresented...in fact...specific allegations or alleged statements aren't even addressed on the YAF or anywhere else. Apparently the YAF has formed some assumption and collective belief and rendered their judgment. So what due process has the YAF afforded Mr. Paul? Maybe a hearing, a Q and A session? How about a public vote with Mr. Paul present? Or do you operate like our President does...canning Inspector Generals behind veiled curtains using anonymous middlemen? Is that how it is?
Welcome to the national insanity and past time. Attack, ridicule, and label the best that we have. Toss them out because they don't agree with your brand of how the money gets spent on one solitary issue. Marginalize them for uttering an "opinion" or questioning some assumption that you believe is true. Never consider the possibility they might be "right." But then you aren't really interested in hearing from him, are you?
Here's the way I see it. The YAF is just another group practicing mob culture. I have seen nothing that indicates any sense of fair play occurred here. We used to have a sense of fair play in this country. Where people were entitled to explain themselves and were given an opportunity to explain their thought processes. That system was civil and had value because we knew one day, it might be us getting tossed out and embarrassed. Back then a fair process mattered because it just seemed like the right thing to do. I am not seeing that here.