The Republican Party is frightened by Ron Paul. Even Glenn Beck, who usually has a fairly good understanding of Paul's limited government philosophy, has now joined the chorus relegating Paul to the margins. Ron Paul upholds non-interventionism in foreign affairs, and this is too much for those Republicans or conservatives who preach "small" government out of one side of their mouths while proposing government intervention out of the other. Paul says we should end the sanctions on Iran and trade with them economically, just as we should trade with Cuba. This enrages conservatives and hawks like Rick Santorum who believe we should do something about Iran and Iran's nuclear program. What should we do? What should we do with North Korea and Paksitan? The only way to stop them is to attack the countries and take them over, then make the countries conform to our wishes. Is this what they want? Sanctions and tough talk won't deter Iran from building a nuclear weapon. And if Iran is stopped, who's next? Where does it stop? Do we have to control half the world to feel secure?
So what do the hawks want to do? Our government has caused problems over an over by interfering in the business of others countries. Is Iran a threat to our national security? If Iran attempted to bomb America, we'd destroy the entire country. It's dangerous for America to start making war-like moves toward Iran, escalating a situation in which there's war between our countries. Even if we attacked Iran and destroyed it's nuclear program, what then? We'd have to fight the whole mideast region, and there aren't enough volunteer soldiers to get involved a a great war in the mideast. The draft would have to be resurrected, then half our young men and women would be called into combat duty -- it would be a disaster.
By not interfering, and by trading with Iran, we send a message to the Iranian people that we aren't concerned with Iran's government -- it can do what it wants to do -- but if it ever attacks us, we'll have to respond with great, destructive force. The Iranian government is tyrannical, but the people of Iran have to deal with this situation -- they'll have to make the sacrifices, if they want a different government. Our involvement can only lead to many deaths and no resolution -- a long deadly slog in a no-win situation. Our history of involvement in the mideast has resulted in tragedy and failure, over and over. Paul also wants us to disconnect our government from Israel, and we should. We should be a friendly trading partners with Israel, and that's all. America can no longer play the role of Global Cop. It's tearing our country down, and it's not helping anyone. Israel can take care of its own security, and Israel's government can make its own decisions.
Ron Paul truly believes in limited government. Glenn Beck said Paul looked frail in the debates. His body might be frail, because Paul has put a lot of energy into being a true limited government patriot, but his mind and ideas are still strong. America is sort of like Ron Paul at this point in time. The idea of America is still alive with some Americans --liberty, limited government, free maket -- but like Paul, too many people ignore the ideas -- they say the ideas can't work in modern America -- they say the ideas are extreme. The media has ignored and marginalized Paul, just like the political class has ignored and marginalized the idea of America. Paul's probably tired. America is tired -- downgraded -- burdened with debt -- shackled by statism -- yes, America is tired, but the idea still lives, and as long as there are pols like Ron Paul, there's a glimmer of hope.