When I talk to Republicans about Ron Paul these days, I often get the response, “well, I like him…except for his foreign policy.” Fortunately, it is true that Ron Paul is gaining more acceptance and respect in Republican circles these days. Of course, it wasn’t so long ago that they were extremely hostile. Back in 2007-08 when I worked for Rep. Paul, some Republicans stated that they strongly disliked Dr. Paul strictly based on his foreign policy.
But are Ron Paul’s foreign policy positions really that farfetched? For the record, he supports a humble foreign policy, which includes opposing: nation-building, wars that are undeclared, ill-defined, and/or humanitarian, spreading our troops thinly around the globe, and using our military as the world’s policemen. I’m sure that every Republican, with the exception of the zealous neoconservative, could agree with at least part of his stance.
I’ll admit it. Back in the 2000 elections, foreign policy was not the most important issue to me. After all, we had (and still have) dire domestic concerns that require our attention. What people X do in country Y is of little importance…so long as the lives, liberty, and property of American citizens is not directly harmed. I believed then, as I still believe today, that the purpose of our government and our military is to protect our people, not to “liberate”, “depose”, or “make the world safe for democracy”.
Nevertheless, I did oppose Clinton’s actions in Somalia, Bosnia, and elsewhere. So too did a majority of Republicans, including future President George W. Bush. Think back to the words of George Bush during the 2000 campaign.
It is strange. George Bush could speak against nation building back in 2000 and just about every Republican would applaud. Ron Paul uses many of the same words today as Bush did then, and some of the same people would boo. Did the words some how change their meaning? Or has the GOP I remember abandoned its principles?
What happened to this President? What happened to the Republican Party? Regrettably, it seems that both George Bush and the GOP became casualties of the attacks of 9-11, morphing into something scarcely recognizable.
I say that it is time to reclaim the limited government advocating, Constitution supporting, humble foreign policy promoting GOP of 2000. Of all of the candidates running or rumored to be running for president, there is only one who has a proven track record of supporting these principles tempered with a commitment to protect the unborn and guarding our borders. That person, like George Bush, is a fellow Texan; Representative Ron Paul.
I want a return to the GOP I remember. Heck, I want a return to the nation I remember before little old ladies and children were molested at airports in the name of security. Let me tell you that if you liked the foreign policy principles of 2000 George W. Bush, chances are you’ll love Ron Paul. Now don’t think that Ron Paul can change our country overnight; after all, a President is restrained by the Constitution. Nevertheless, he can get it heading in the right direction again. I hope you’ll join me in supporting him.
Ron Paul 2012!
Special thanks to Nick for sharing the above video.