To many of you, Congressman Ron Paul’s performance in tonight’s debate may have sounded nutty. That’s understandable: the G.O.P. establishment went out of their way to smear him. But he was the only true conservative in the debate, in the sense that he was conservative in the classical sense.
First of all, he advocated a strict non-interventionist foreign policy. He pointed out that a Republican president ended the Vietnam war. A Republican ended the Korean War. A non-interventionist foreign policy is a very conservative concept, he reminded us, and that the founding fathers cautioned against foreign interventionism and entangling alliances.
Second of all, he brought up one of the classic conservative causes: abolishing the Federal department of education. He also talked about abolishing the IRS and the Department of Homeland security. Conservatives used to love talking like this during the Clinton years- that is until Republicans actually won a majority in Congress and then won back the White House.
On illegal immigration, he was opposed to amnesty and was a strong advocate of border security.
As for his views about 09/11, Rudy Gulliani pounced at the chance to distort them. Simply put, Paul stated that our meddling in the middle east provoked the 09/11 attacks. Congressman Paul did not deny that it was a tragedy. Nor did he suggest that the 09/11 victims were in any way deserving of death. He simply stated a reality of foreign policy, that when a country gets involved in foreign conflicts, (even if its for the right reasons) that they run the risk of inciting hatred and violence against our people.
He did not in any way imply that Americans deserved what they got. He simply observed that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Even some conservatives have said that we have U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Holy land, and this provoked Muslim wrath against us. Paul claims that this is one reason that they attacked America on 09/11. Murderers always have a motive: pondering the nature of those motives does not make one a leftist or a traitor.
But the big-government, pro-amnesty Republicans used Paul’s observation as an excuse to attempt to destroy him. And it looks as though they may well succeed.
Congressman Paul is very much outside the present dogma of the Republican party- a dogma that enjoys a whopping 28% support for the American people. 72% of the American people are against the current direction of the Republican party. Paul’s strong showing in tonight’s presidential debate may be a sure sign that Republican primary voters see the writing on the wall; if they don’t nominate someone who is essentially the “anti-Bush,” Hillary will be our next president.
By Chad E. Rogers
Editor’s update: Ron Paul at the Reagan Library
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