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This morning on TalkingPointsMemo.com, Steve Benen has a post up that suggests the GOP doesn't have a presidential candidate, not even one, who makes sense for the Republican Party. The post sounds just about right, and even suggests that Republicans could STILL be looking for someone else outside of the official candidates already campaigning for the job.
All of this explains why Ron Paul's candidacy has been met with a modicum of success. In last night's Univision GOP debate. Paul, once again, spoke clearly, albeit in a contrary-to-GOP-thinking kind of way. Intelligent comments like the following ones from Paul last night are why grassroots libertarians, independents and some conservatives have been drawn to his candidacy.
_On how he would deal with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: "Well, he's not the easiest person to deal with, but we should deal with everybody around the world the same way: with friendship and opportunity to talk and try to trade with people. We talked to — we talked to Stalin, we talked to Khrushchev, we've talked to Mao, and we've talked to the world, and we get along with people. Actually, I believe we're at a time where we even ought to talk to Cuba and trade and travel to Cuba. But let me — let me tell you — let me tell you why — let me tell you why we have a problem in South America and Central America: because we've been involved in their internal affairs for so long. We have been meddling in their business. We create the Chavezes of the world, we create the Castros of the world by interfering and creating chaos in their countries, and they respond by throwing out their leader."
_On his vision of Hispanics' role in the nation's future: "The most important thing Hispanics can do is what all Americans do: Join us in our effort to restore our Constitution and our great country. We have lost our way. We have lost our way. We have deserted our traditions on our foreign policy, on our economic policy, our education policy, our monetary policy, and this country is looking for help."
Why do we have a problem with some Latin and South American countries? Paul answers, "...because we've been involved in their internal affairs for so long." Refreshing truth from a GOP'er. It's not the freedoms they hate about America, it's our interference....just as it is with Muslim middle eastern countries.
"We create the Chavezes of the world, we create the Castros of the world by interfering and creating chaos in their countries, and they respond by throwing out their leader."
In the same way, America has "meddled" in middle eastern countries by primarily installing leaders who are more favorable to U.S. "investments". This misguided, imperialistic foreign policy, Paul says, "creates chaos". Truer words from a Republican I have never heard.
Nicaragua, Chile, Cuba and so many more examples can be cited from south of the border. Illegal and covert CIA activities run during the Reagan/Bush Sr regimes. All for the purpose of opening up favorable "investment" opportunities for American corporations. The very same reason why we attacked a sovereign and non-threatening Iraq, decapitated their leaders, and set up a permanent U.S. presence there. That created "chaos" inside of Iraq, as it did in Latin and South America. Out of the "chaos" we help to create, American monied interests then follow and take full advantage of the "opportunity".
Ron Paul will not, more than likely, get the nod from the GOP. But it isn't difficult to understand why he is commanding so much interest. He's a breath of extremely fresh air coming from a party on the precipice of self-destruction.
Other comments from last night's debate found here.