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Roger L. Simon

Will Putin Destroy Rand Paul?

March 4th, 2014 - 9:12 pm

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Being an early frontrunner for a presidential nomination is not always a good thing and Sen. Rand Paul acknowledged as much the other night on Greta Van Susteren’s show. He must have channeled his inner Nostradamus because not more than a day later a man named Putin made his move on Ukraine. He could end up Paul’s worst nightmare.

Now, many of us have been very attracted to Paul. His libertarian message seems, and indeed is, tailor-made for this era when the monumentally incompetent Barack Obama has exposed the farcical nature of big government almost as no one before him. Obamacare is a gift from God to the libertarian movement. It helped me — and I admit I was already primed — to take another step in that direction. That government is best, as the man said, that governs least.

And yet, if there is one caveat regarding libertarianism, it is that it must end at the water’s edge. The idea that the likes of Ayatollah Khamenei or his bearded “moderate” cohort Rohani, Dr. Ayman al-Zawhiri, Bashar al-Assad, Hassan Nasrallah, North Korea’s Kim Jung-un, China’s Xi Jiping or, yes, Vladimir Putin give a rat’s patootie whether the USA is libertarian, a “liberal” welfare state, or something in between is so absurd it doesn’t merit a microsecond of serious discussion. They only care how quickly they can destroy us or, at the very least, render us impotent and take over as much of the world as they possibly can, rendering America “a pitiful, helpless giant,” as we used to say in the sixties.

Bad guys are bad guys — and that’s about it.

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There are two threats to the world at the moment.

Radical jihadists and radical leftism.

Both totalitarian. Both violent, repressive and tyrannical.


Both are "covered" by a mountain of lies and deceit, propaganda and false accusations. Both are advanced by reams of factually vacuous moral relativism.

Jews in general and Israel in particular aren't out marauding around the globe blowing up a disco, a school bus or a van full of nuns. Israel is not invading Jordan's border or building satellite Jewish countries in Venezuela, Cuba or North Korea.

Israel is not claiming the South China Sea or the Red Sea for that matter.

ALL the world's death and destruction...comes at the hands of the totalitarians, the tyrants, and their radical world domination "inspirations".

WE...are the ONE people on earth that can step in front of that. Yes, it gets old. Yes, it is not easy.

But having honor is tested not on the easy, but on the hard. When people sit in silence at atrocity after atrocity undertaken in their name...then they are complicit by passive acquiescence to it.

When those who are charged with stepping in front of a bully, a tyrant, a despot...shirk from that responsibility because it's easier to run and hide, the world suffers.

Allowing people to be bullied because "it's none of our business", disgraces the honor of being the ONE people who can...and should...step in front of tyranny.

Radical Islam and Radical leftism are in bed together. THEY have a common enemy. Freedom. And...us.

There is no moral relativism argument to be made in favor of either of these evils. There certainly is none to be made on behalf of their bedfellowship.

The sooner we come to grips with the choice bestowed upon us by Providence, the sooner we can say out loud which side we are on.

We either have honor or we don't. We either stand against evil or we don't. We either accept the captaincy of rough seas or we jump overboard.

I choose honor.

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I know what's in his newsletters and in his speeches.

If he wants to run to me MY President, you damn well can bet your last dollar I am going to put those pieces together, Goebbels.

As I did with Obama as he hid his true intentions and as I will with Rand Paul, who shows all appearances of trying to hide his.

Paulbots can screech their Buchanan-masked arguments all they want. Again, I would join in building the gallows for traitors of every stripe. Nazi, Tokyo Rose or small c communist.

If you are aiding and abetting the enemy, you are the enemy.

And...if you run for an elective office at the highest levels of this nation...I will damn well make it my business to know what is "in your heart". No matter who tries to hide that very thing from the electorate. We have witnessed the totalitarian disaster of NOT seeking those answers hard enough the past five years.

Never again...means never again. Obama called those inquires slander as well. Ron Paul and Obama ...and their followers, have much in common.

Build the gallows.
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Paulist/Libertarian foreign policy memes are not new to American history. It is as old as the Republic as the bicentennial of the War of 1812 should remind us. [The war cry was free trade and sailors rights!] You can't have free trade and sailors rights and isolation at the same time. Staying out of foreign conflicts and participation in the world economy are contradictory objectives. If you trade you will fight. The only way to keep out of foreign conflicts is nonintercourse. The hermit Republic can stay out of other people’s business. The "Yankee trader" cannot. So if Libertarians want to end US involvement in foreign conflicts they should step up to the plate and advocate a total ban on economic and political relations with nations outside of North American.
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The basic problem with Senator Rand Paul is that his father is Congressman Ron Paul. Many of Ron Paul's supporters and many of his critics believe Ron Paul is a libertarian, well he isn't and what he actually is, is a social Darwinist. Social Darwinism is a precursor ideology to Nazism and something very nasty in its own right. The idea of supporting Rand Paul for President is utterly mad as he could be a good guy but on the other hand he could be a mini-me of his father and one would only be sure to find out after he was elected president. Supporting Rand Paul for President is like kicking a glass jar to check if it contains nitroglycerin
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I do not automatically assign Ron Paul's dangerously insane foreign policy ideas to son Rand. Rand seems to have his head screwed on much straighter than his dad, and it's unfair to tar him just because his dad is a screwball. My gosh, that's the same as saying that Hillary is a sexual predator just because her husband is.
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" I do not automatically assign Ron Paul's dangerously insane foreign policy ideas to son Rand. Rand seems to have his head screwed on much straighter than his dad, and it's unfair to tar him just because his dad is a screwball. My gosh, that's the same as saying that Hillary is a sexual predator just because her husband is. ",.
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How would you know when Rand Paul makes reasonable comments he has not decided to lie and that once he was elected President he would not be even more extreme in his posituons than his father?
51 weeks ago
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Thanks Roger for straightening out the idiot libertarians who would believe the obvious lie that war enriches the state like nothing else can, while impoverishing and enslaving its citizens. Lies, myths, superstitions, and propaganda have always been the tools of the warfare state. These tactics are used to keep citizens fired up and threatened, for without them the public would never acquiesce in the never-ending wars of conquest and imperialism that have long characterized the American state.
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"Rand Paul has a task before him that none of us could envy"

But if you have his aspirations, isn't this is a wonderful opportunity to accomplish the task?
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Like Eisenhower, I want the U.S. to be strong enough to defend its national interests, but very selective about what those interests actually are.

The problem is that we've been doing just the opposite.
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Awful!
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Straw man arguments? How about, "we're not isolationists, we're non-interventionists"? The latter may be a better definition, but the former is the traditional term, and a dead rose by any other name smells just as bad. Or how about "guilt by association" for a newsletter published for years with Ron Paul's name on it, which he stood behind?

Of all of the cheap, deceitful, lying politicians, Ron Paul is the overwhelming champion. He could give lessons to Obama. Anybody who listened to the second debate carefully could see that.
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Thank you, Roger, for a voice crying in the wilderness. America is once again entering a period of Isolation, and the voices pushing for it are coming as much from the Right as from the Left. It will end as it always does, with countless dead American boys (and maybe girls, this time). Or maybe it won't and the US will be a tribute-paying colony of some alliance of dictators.
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I can no longer say that a Rand Paul Presidency is more frightening than a Barry Soetoro Presidency, although it, and that, may yet come to pass. The problem with the Orthodox Isolationists is that they truly believe that an America minding its business, tucked between the oceans like an island with a pituitary condition, will indeed cause harmony to burst out in Ho Chi Minh City, and angels to rise above the Balkans. Bless their hearts, sort of. And there is an element of self-hatred in their logic, combined as ever with the necessary enterprise of finding the ones who 'force' America into intervention, the ones without whom sanity would prevail, and Putin go back to growing cabbage and piping Shostakovich into his KGB brain while he works out with a team of brown bears.
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(It's the Joos), saith Ron of Paul. Cue Charles Lindbergh and the rest.
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If our military were twice its current size it would be foolish to get in the middle of Russia and Ukraine. Imagine the long supply lines. Not to mention the fact that Russia has nuclear weapons. Now if Russia decides to intervene in Canada we would have a legitimate interest. The world is full of bad guys. We can't fight them all.
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