Ron Paul’s foreign policy vs media insanity

The 2012 Grammy Awards are nominating the Civil Wars, while civil war is brewing in the Middle East. Ancient legend tells us that Nero played his fiddle (though they weren’t invented yet) while Rome burned. Fitting that the American people try to drown out the distant war drums with our own music. Syria is sliding into civil war. Lebanon seems to be returning to it. Iraq and Iran are both belabored by clashing factions, those seeking democracy fighting those that believe in authoritarianism, Shiite versus Sunni.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-13/assadism-without-assad-could-prevent-sectarian-mayhem-vali-nasr.html

The difference between Rome burning and the Middle East caving into chaos is that Rome was Nero’s back yard, and the Middle East seems so very far away. They don’t even seem to be living in the same time as us. Our stereotypes of the Muslims make them seem to be stuck in the twelfth or thirteenth century. But as 9/11 demonstrated, what happens over there can have a serious impact on us, as well.

Its my intention to deal with the foreign policy of Ron Paul. It may be a mistake, but I’m not even going to document how the media has portrayed his foreign policy as insane. It seems like everyone and their dog talks about it (if they even know who Ron Paul is). My friends at work all say, “Yeah, Ron Paul….I love some of the things he says, but he’d let Iran nuke us…..”  So let’s see if we can separate fact from fiction, and see if Ron Paul’s foreign policy is so insane, after all.

There are three major points to Ron Paul’s foreign policy. 1) non-intervention in other nations. 2) Withdrawing from entangling alliances such as the U. N. and NATO. And 3) withdrawing foreign aid to foreign nations.

There are immigration issues as well, but I will deal with those in different posts.

1. non-intervention in other nations.

My policy has been, and will continue to be, while I have the honor to remain in the administration of the government, to be upon friendly terms with, but independent of, all the nations of the earth. To share in the broils of none. To fulfill our own engagements. To supply the wants and be carriers for them all : Being thoroughly convinced that it is our feeling and interest to do so. – George Washington

I’ve talked about it before, but I’ll say it again. The idea that the wisdom of our Founding Father’s is outdated is simply hogwash. The vast majority of their ideas are still relevant for our times. Of coarse, there is a degree to which the world has changed. World War II was unavoidable. We were going to fight it sooner or later, and in retrospect, it was probably better to fight it when we did.

It’s as simple as the golden rule. We don’t want other nations interfering with us, so why would we interfere with them? We don’t want foreign nations telling us what to do. The Chinese are chiding us for our mishandling our economic affairs. They are absolutely, 100% right, and yet we still resent it because we don’t want someone else telling us what to do! Absolutely, I want more democracy throughout the world. But its like one’s Christian witness. The more I wag my finger and tell you you can’t do this and you can’t do that, the less you want to listen to me. All I do is make you want to have nothing to do with Christ. I think that nations are the same way.

2. Withdrawing from entangling alliances.

It certainly is very desirable that a pacific disposition should prevail among all nations. The most effectual way of producing it is by extending the prevalence and influence of the gospel. Real Christians will abstain from violating the rights of others, and therefore will not provoke war.

Almost all nations have peace or war at the will and pleasure of rulers whom they do not elect, and who are not always wise or virtuous. Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. John Jay, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and co-author of The Federalist Papers

Now, I’m not trying to suggest that we should only vote for Christians. If a Muslim demonstrates that he is the better candidate, then I would vote for him. My point is that the founders of this nation were not proponents of thoughtless warmongering. Even when it came to the Revolution, they exhausted attempts at reconciliation, before they drafted the Declaration of Independence.

As part of their principles of avoiding unnecessary wars, the Founding Father’s avoided entangling alliances that led to vast world wars, even in those times. We no longer live by these principles, as this video will demonstrate.

Barack Obama: serial warmonger

3. Withdrawing foreign aid to foreign nations

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper who love you. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your [Israel’s and Jerusalem’s] good (Psalms 122:6-9).

It may seem strange that I’m leading off this section of this post with this scripture verse. Everyone keeps telling me that Ron Paul is anti-Israel, and would just leave them to rot and die in a Middle East surrounded by foes. This is absolutely untrue. The truth is that, while we do give a lot of foreign aid to Israel, we do it in the most insane, counterproductive ways. First of all, we give seven times the aid given to Israel to their enemies! Cutting all foreign aid would be better for Israel than propping up their enemies. Second, we require Israel to use that aid by buying arms and supplies from the U. S. So, we’re getting our money back from Israel, any way. I wonder if we make the same stipulations to their enemies…..And my last point on this topic….Israel needed no American troop support in any of their major wars. They’ve demonstrated (perhaps even better than we have) that they can take care of themselves.

I’ll end this post with a link to Veterans for Ron Paul. Hopefully, people will read it and support our troops as they communicate the real military needs of this great nation.

http://cvrp2012.com/2012/02/08/press-release-veterans-to-host-march-on-the-white-house-for-ron-paul/

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