Ron Paul was always a GOP representative in Congress who Republicans tolerated but marginalized. He was the GOP's version of the Democratic Dennis Kucinich.
In a 2011 GOP presidential primary debate, Ron Paul stated this.....
"We're under great threat, because we occupy so many countries," Paul said. "We're in 130 countries. We have 900 bases around the world. We're going broke. The purpose of al-Qaida was to attack us, invite us over there, where they can target us. And they have been doing it. They have more attacks against us and the American interests per month than occurred in all the years before 9/11, but we're there occupying their land. And if we think that we can do that and not have retaliation, we're kidding ourselves. We have to be honest with ourselves. What would we do if another country, say, China, did to us what we do to all those countries over there?"
Inside the Empire, that is a gaffe. A gaffe today means "telling the truth in front of an American audience." The longest war of the United States of America isn't our war on terrorism.....it's our war on the truth.
Dr. Ron Paul was successfully marginalized as a quirky goofball by those in his party who regard truth as an enemy. But the GOP is having a more difficult time trying to marginalize Ron's son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
And they're worried.
Everyone from GOP Rep. Peter King, GOP Senator John McCain, our prized war criminal family, the Cheney's, to GOP Governor Rick Perry and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, GOP Rep. Mike Rogers have all full-throatedly blasted Rand Paul for being an "isolationist" when it comes to foreign policy.
Now the truth is that the U.S. has a military presence in 148 countries. The truth is that the Pentagon, itself, states that we have 632 military installations in foreign countries.
But you see, because Rand Paul is opposed to sending U.S. troops into Iraq....he must be accused of being a passive isolationist. Those who are elected as sales reps for the military-industrial-intelligence complex know what their bosses expect of them. Any truth-telling must be quickly marginalized. The best way to do that marginalization is to demonize the person daring to state the truth.
Thus.....Rand Paul is an "isolationist." He isn't. But why would that matter?
I have no doubt whatsoever that by the time the 2016 presidential primaries kick off, it will be common "knowledge" that Rand Paul is an appeasing isolationist who would put America in danger. Once branded....the Kentucky Senator will ALWAYS be known as an isolationist....and therefore unfit to be president.
But Republicans are really worried about Rand Paul's popularity, especially among younger Americans. I mean really worried. So worried that they dusted off Iran-Contra felon and Junior Bush's maniacal foreign policy advisor, Elliot Abrams, to go after Rand Paul.
“I think the general fear on the part of a lot of leaders in the Republican Party is that there’s an isolationist temptation after two big wars, an isolationist temptation in the American electorate,” said Elliott Abrams, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who was a deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration. “And I think people are genuinely concerned about it and desirous of trying to stop it before it spreads further.”
"People" in that last line......means those who work as sales reps for the military complex. And those "people" undoubtedly are "genuinely concerned" that Senator Paul's rising popularity might threaten the welfare gravy train that is America's military-industrial-intelligence-energy complex.
Senator Paul's response to isolationist criticisms from celebrated war criminals and felons is...umm....also true.....
“It’s not isolationism. It’s setting a high bar for sending our sons and daughters overseas,” said Lorne Craner, a foreign policy adviser to Paul who served in the State Department under both Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Neo-conservative bloodlusters and elected sales reps of the complex oppose setting such a "high bar" for military adventurism post 9-11. Which means that in opposing Paul, they are informing us that snap-judgment military attacks.....anywhere and everywhere in the world....are what they favor. Permanent war....like we've been doing the last 13 years. What became known in the 00's as "more of the same."
In this specific instance, Senator Paul is on the side of not only the truth but also the will of the American people. In a democracy, those two things would matter. But not in today's America....where truth must not be spoken and the will of the people is systematically spat upon.
What can be done? Nothing. Nothing can be done. Truth and the will of Americans have been successfully defeated and/or marginalized to the "you're crazy" curb.
When convicted felons and known war criminals swarm to corrupt media and are welcomed and celebrated as wise and knowing counselors, when those who have been totally wrong about everything are the very people sought out to offer advice.....that's when you know the America you thought you knew...no longer exists, if it ever did.
Good on Rand Paul......and good luck in his sure-to-fail efforts to fight the vast....and I mean vast.....military-industrial complex. He'll need all the luck he can get.
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