My sentiments exactly, notwithstanding all the kooks, nitwits and conspiracy wonks that flock to this guy’s banner.
I really have no desire to support a guy who has his speeches regurgitated by Osama Bin laden and Ahmadinejad of Iran as justifications for their Jihad.
Nor should we support a guy who blames America for causing 9-11, supported by hordes of kooks who think Bush flew the planes into the towers and demolished the WTC with explosives to do a Reichstag fire.
Although presidential candidate Ron Paul is a life long Libertarian, he has chosen to operate within the Republican Party. The Libertarian Party has never been able to get off the ground due to some of its extreme positions and Paul, like other Libertarians, eventually found a home in a broadened RNC. However, within that party, Paul is only connecting with a small libertarian wing, about 3-5% of Republican voters, based on an average of all available national polls.
Though all conservatives and most Republicans agree with Ron Paul rhetoric concerning a general reverence for our founding principles and documents, there is a clear divide between Ron Paul Libertarians and all other conservatives on matters of national security. Namely, the alleged “illegal invasion” of Iraq
Although many conservatives could unite with Paul on many other domestic issues, especially the idea of limited government, reduced spending and taxation and less government intrusion into personal lives, they quickly part company on this issue.
According to Ron Paul and his followers, the U.S. military action in Iraq was not an act of “liberating” the Iraqi people or even an act of deposing the world’s most brutal rogue regime, known to have sponsored terrorism. In Ron Paul’s mind, it was an “invasion” of a sovereign nation and on this premise; they follow with the assertion that such an act of aggression is both “illegal” and “unconstitutional.”
Of course, I am still waiting for Ron Paul or just one of his supporters to direct me to that part of the constitution that says America is not allowed to take preventive action against a known foreign enemy in defense of our own sovereign nation.
…On 9/11/01, nearly every American was shocked and demanding to know how such events could happen to us, here on our own soil.
…Should we “prevent” further attacks, or simply “respond” to those attacks once they happen?
…It’s almost as if Ron Paul and his supporters fell asleep in the late 1700’s and woke up this morning trying to figure out what to do in a world quite different than the one the fell asleep in.
…Most conservatives have been awake the entire time however, and they aren’t buying into the emotional rhetoric surrounding the very real war against [jihadists], whether offered by liberals or Libertarians…