[Editor's note: Special thanks to Valerie Sargent Martin for permission to repost this article in it's entirety. It can be found also via We are Politics. It is a most excellent piece for sharing with friends waking up about our situation and struggling with the disconnect between media spin and the harsh economic realities we face as we deal with difficult foreign policy matters. National security tops globalist interests for most of us, but clearly not the spinmeisters and elitists among us. Having a leader who is not intimidated by globalists is a little unsettling to those few but powerful forces at work among us. Thanks to people like Valerie, more and more people are understanding this dynamic and more importantly than that catching a vision of what must be done about matters.]
On Saturday, September 17th, Constitution Day, Ron Paul won the California Republican Party straw poll with 44.9% of the votes as reported by our own Bill Knowles here at WeArePolitics.com. Knowles, however, was quick to qualify his report of Paul’s victory saying, “…no matter how much someone agrees with most of [Paul’s] views they can’t get past his foreign policy.” Polling numbers support Knowles’ caveat. Of all the top-tier Republican presidential candidates, Paul struggles more than anyone else to gain hisparty’s support.
Ron Paul’s foreign policy is frequently characterized as “isolationism” by both the media and those who disagree with him. But the talking heads know they are purposefully obfuscating the heart of Ron Paul’s foreign policymessage when they use that term. Paul prefers “non-interventionism” to describe his beliefs. Or “mutually assured respect,” which was deliberately chosen to contrast with the foreign policy of mutually assured destruction the world has known for most of the last century. Mutually assured respect is the “Golden Rule” applied to foreign policy. It means friendship and trade with other nations with no threats, bribes, or occupation. It also means ending taxpayer-funded foreign aid to rich dictators.
The idea of non-intervention is not new in history or unique to Ron Paul. Thomas Jefferson warned of us of “entangling alliances” in his inaugural address. And as for non-interventionism put into practice, there has never been a terrorist attack on the Swiss, a people whose freedom and security is due in large part to their adoption of a non-interventionist foreign policy. Yet Paul’s endorsement of the message of non-interventionism strikes fear into Conservatives’ hearts.
In a recent video meant to address Paul’s positions on national defense, Paul explains how the peace dividend from the end of the Cold War has been wasted by special interests groups that benefit from perpetual war. He reminds us that peace, prosperity, and liberty can only be spread by example, not by force. Paul does not mince words when he says such attempts to “spread democracy” are not only unconstitutional, but result in a world dependent on American intervention, as proven by our military presence in over 130 countries. He also warns that America can not fight an endless series of undeclared, unconstitutional wars halfway around the world against regional rivals without bankrupting itself and abandoning its own civil liberties in the process.
This sort of candor about American Empire and policing the world has become the equivalent of endorsing terrorism for many on the Right. Since 9/11, anxiety over Islamic Jihad, Sharia Law, and suicide terrorism has become the glue that holds together the various factions of the Republican coalition, binding wealthy Wall Streeters to social conservatives in the same manner as anti-communism did a generation ago. For some, Paul’s beliefs seem to contradict all they have been taught about patriotism and love of country. Paul’s demand that we only use constitutional means to accomplish our military goals strikes many as naïve.
It does not matter to many Republicans whether Ron Paul agrees that terrorists must be defeated, or that he voted in support of action in Afghanistan after 9/11. It does not matter that Ron Paul is an Air Force veteran and has received more campaign donations from members of the U.S. military than all other Republican presidential candidates combined. What matters to Republicans is that Paul does not support, as many Republicans do, the belief that militarism can destroy the threat of terrorism or dramatically deter it. As long as that is the case, Paul may find his brand of foreign policy is an impossible obstacle for Republicans to overcome.