Open Letter to 'The Republican Establishment' What the
Military and Mainstream Knows About Ron Paul that You Should Learn
Ron Paulís surge to the top of the polls in Iowa, and increasing
likelihood that he will win is causing angst among many of you "Establishment
Republicans". You are quick to try and dismiss a potential
win as some sort of fluke, or owing to Independents registering
to vote for him. Your typical argument against him is that "Ron
Paul is too far out of the mainstream", and that his rise in
the polls could be bad for Iowaís standing as the first caucus and
bad for the Republican party. Letís address the idea that Ron Paul
is out of the mainstream, and by implication, unelectable.
Divide Ron Paulís positions into domestic and foreign policy. Domestically,
Ron Paul is Mr. Republican. As the ideological founder of the Tea
Party movement, he has put forward a plan to cut $1 Trillion dollars
from the Federal Budget year one, and he has the voting record to
make it credible. He has never voted for a tax increase. He has
never voted for a program not authorized in the Constitution. He
names 5 agencies that he proposes be eliminated: Energy, HUD, Commerce,
Interior, and Education as well as the TSA. This sounds radical,
but consider that in 1980 Ronald Reagan promised to eliminate the
Department of Education if elected. As his plan points out, these
cuts would return spending to 2006 levels. So his domestic policies,
low and no tax plan, and budget plan should seem like a dream come
true for you. Foreign Policy must be where Ron Paul is "out
of the mainstream".
Ron Paulís domestic policies quickly tie into his foreign policy.
He proposes to bring home US troops from all around the world. This
he claims, rightly, would be his prerogative as Commander in Chief.
Note that this is not a reduction in overall military force, although
defense budgets would be cut too, but the immediate savings from
eliminating the cost of stationing troops abroad, with all the attendant
logistics issues, foreign rents, and base maintenance costs. This
is where you "Establishment Republicans" disagree with
him. The boogeyman of Iran is constantly floated in the debates,
acting as a foreign policy litmus test .
It is here, dear Establishment Republican, that Ron Paulís position
is in step with the rest of America as well as the rank and file
in the military, while you are out of step. Consider that George
W Bush won in 2000 largely due to the mainstream being tired of
Clintonís police the world strategy. "A humble foreign policy"
was a nice alternative to the Democratic nation building most perceived
would continue under an Al Gore presidency. In 2008, 7 years post
9-11 with the Iraq war lies coming to light, the mainstream again
voted for the peace candidate, Barack Obama, and against John "bomb
Iran" McCain. For you Establishment Republicans reading this,
Iíll say it again.
The main reason McCain lost was because he represented Bush III
Ė a continuation of the neo-con hijacking of American foreign policy.
McCain was out of the mainstream on his foreign policy, so he lost.
Fast forward to today and consider. In the debates you have Republican
Establishment candidates Romney, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, and
Santorum arguing to see who is more hawkish. The lone voice on the
stage urging caution and diplomacy, the long voice advising that
this sounds a lot like the Iraqi war propaganda, the lone voice
warning that we canít afford another 8-year "cakewalk"
like Iraq of Afghanistan Ron Paul.
You Establishment Republicans argue that Iran really, really is
a threat, no we mean it this time. The mainstream American, however,
and most importantly, the rank and file in the military disagree.
Few are in a better position to assess the risk posed by foreign
powers than those actually deployed overseas. The
active duty contributions to Ron Paul spell it out in dollars and
cents who they want as their Commander in Chief and President.
They want US Air Force Flight Surgeon and defender of the Constitution,
Ron Paul. They know he wonít risk their blood over non-existent
or hypothetical threats from Iran. So unless you Establishment Republicans
are ready to call active duty military personnel uninformed or cowardly,
you would do well to pay attention to this fact, and consider that
it is you who are out of the mainstream. Ignore the caucus results
at your peril, because Mitt "Obama-lite" Romney and Newt "Freddie-Mac"
Gingrich are unelectable against Obama.
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