Military Supports Ron Paul

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Many conservatives do not support GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul because of his pacifist and isolationist foreign policy. Paul has said the following:

“Far from defeating the enemy, our current polices provide incentive for more people to take up arms against us.”

“We have an empire. We can’t afford it.”

“Acting as the world’s policeman and nation-building weakens our country, puts our troops in harm’s way, and sends precious resources to other nations in the midst of an historic economic crisis.

So the news that Paul has considerable support among members of America’s active-duty military is something of a cognitive dissonance.

Reservist Cpl. Jesse Thorsen, 28, is now in trouble with the U.S. Army for speaking at a Paul rally in Iowa, Jan. 3, 2012

Timothy Egan writes in the New York Times, Dec. 22, 2011:

Many of the service members returning from Iraq — where nearly 4,500 American lives were lost, 100,000 Iraqi civilians were killed and about 600,000 Christians were forced to flee the country with other refugees — are paying close attention to the campaign to decide who will be commander in chief. […]

The men and women in uniform probably wouldn’t support [Ron Paul] this proponent of limited engagement. So goes the conventional wisdom, which holds that those in the military support a leader itching for a fight.

But in fact, Representative Ron Paul, the congressman who favors the most minimalist American combat role of any major presidential candidate and who said all of the above quotes, has more financial support from active duty members of the service than any other politician.

As of the last reporting date, at the end of September, Paul leads all candidates by far in donations from service members. This trend has been in place since 2008, when Paul ran for president with a similar stance: calling nonsense at hawk squawk from both parties.

This year, Paul has 10 times the individual donations — totaling $113,739 — from the military as does Mitt Romney. And he has a hundred times more than Newt Gingrich, who sat out the Vietnam War with college deferments and now promises he would strike foes at the slightest provocation.

What seems, at first blush, counterintuitive makes more sense upon further review. There’s a long tradition of military people being attracted to politicians with Paul’s strict interpretation of the Constitution.

Not even a full 1 percent of Americans are active-duty military. The troops have become props for politicians who shower them with fulsome praise, while dreaming up schemes to send them into harm’s way.

Yet, these soldiers, sailors, air men and women, and assorted boots on the ground know the cost — in trauma, in lives ruined, in friends lost, in good intentions gone bad — of going to war far more than the 99 percent not currently serving. Where they put their money in a campaign, paltry though it may be in comparison to the corporate lords who control a majority of our politicians, says a great deal.

And if the overwhelming service support for Ron Paul is any indication, the grunts of American foreign policy are gun-shy about further engagement in “useless wars,” to use Dr. Paul’s term.

“It’s not a good sign when the people doing the fighting are saying, ‘Why are we here?’” said Glen Massie, a Marine Corps veteran who lives in Des Moines, Iowa, and is supporting Paul for president. “They realize they’re being utilized for other purposes — nation building and being world’s policeman — and it’s not what they signed up for.”

Now that Obama has begun yet another war — this time against Iran — stretching our already over-stretched military even thinner, it is no wonder that our active-duty servicemen and women support Ron Paul.
Conservatives say we love and respect our soldiers. Maybe we should then listen to them and take another look at Ron Paul’s candidacy.

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0 responses to “Military Supports Ron Paul

  1. Ron Paul’s intentions are good, there is no doubt.
    The problem is he isn’t in power and the current president is hell bent on having us enter into a thermonuclear war, which will be the result if Iran and or Syria are attacked like Libya was. The only way to deal with this is to have Congress constitutionally remove him from office, and put some people in charge, of who there are in our government, believe it or not, Patriots that believe still the ability of Congress to curb recklessness and lead the world in the right direction. When the Glass Steagall standard is reestablished, the oligarchs will be shackled and their ability to promote and finance war will be ended. We have a perfectly well written Constitution that will allow Congress to then utter credit for worthwhile projects. This will obviously be used to pay for our military to return from the war zones and start rebuilding our country, the Army Corps of Engineers is the department that needs funding and manpower, as well as NASA that is required to continue monitoring the turbulence in space and help us to anticipate disastrous events, like earthquakes and tornados etc, and prepare us for worse weather conditions. Not the carbon credit system, which is nothing but another bubble waiting to emerge. We need to help developing countries to get themselves decent civilized living conditions, and in the process develop our own resources, our water management and atmospheric control projects.
    We have a beautiful future to look forward to and all it needs is to “pull off the bandaid” that is this current mindset, austerity war and genocidal backward ideas, like Solyandra etc, and get on with being American, and made in the image of God. What God would behave like the leadership of America at present? None of the candidates, including Ron Paul, are advocating immediate action, which is required if this republic and the planet as we know it is to survive.

  2. While I’m not a big Ron Paul fan, I must give second thought to those that will put their lives’ in harms way for us and what they are saying.
    Wonder how those in Congress and the Senate would work with him…

  3. He’s not so much an isolationist as a non-interventionist. His “blowback” theory of 9/11 is based on very solid ground per intel of former head of the CIA Bin Laden Unit, Michael Schreuer, and CIA Iran specialist Robert Baer. All those cold war treaties Eisenhower signed in the 1950s are having dire consequences now.

  4. Ron Paul is clueless when it comes to what is motivating the Islamists, as they declared war on the Civilized World eleven centuries before this country was even thought of.
    Having said that, I can understand why a lot of our soldiers would support him.
    We haven’t won a war since WWII. Actually, we haven’t been allowed to.
    Incidentally, that was our last actual “declared” war.
    We fought Korea to a stalemate, and that conflict is technically ongoing, and could flare up again at any time with little or no warning. God only knows how much we taxpayers have had to cough up to keep a large number of soldiers over there these many years just in case it does.
    With victory in sight, we up and quit in Vietnam, and lost nearly 60,000 of our bravest for nothing.
    We abandoned Iraq, and now it is already rapidly deteriorating. Here again, thousands of brave young Americans have apparently died for nothing.
    Now the Dear Ruler is signalling he’s ready to ngotiate with the talibastards in Ashcanistan. We all know what that means.
    I don’t blame our soldiers one bit for being wary of any more foreign adventures.
    After all, its their asses on the line – not ours.


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