I know I’ve done a lot of blog blurbs about Paul recently, but I wanted to really explain what I appreciate so much about this man, and why I’ve donated to his campaign.
First, he wants us to get out of Iraq. I understand what the Neocons wanted to do, and it makes sense in some ways. However, what we’ve found is that you cannot change people’s hearts through force. The Middle East is an absolute powder keg and it will always be that way. And the radical Islam that we are facing right now will not be defeated short of making the entire region a nuclear wasteland. I don’t think even the most absurd neocon would resort to nuclear annihilation of the Middle East. When we go in there with force and try to change regimes, all it does is play into the hands of the fundamentalists. They say that we are coming over there to occupy their land and destroy Islam and take their oil. They attack us, then we go over there and take out their government and the radicals say, “Look, the Americans are coming over here just like we said they would. You must defend Allah” etc. I know for a fact that many of you who read my blog (who are not pacifists) would not stand for a foreign country invading our land and “policing the streets”. Until your last breathe you be using any and all options in order to try and remove the invaders. And that’s exactly what’s happening there. We are just fighting “terrorists” anymore. We’re fighting average citizens who used to look at us favorably but who now feel they are defending their families and their rights as Muslims. We tried the neocon plan, and it failed miserably. Lets get out and be a good example. For those of you that are Christians, you should understand this principle of leading by example rather than force. Force (or law) never changes people’s hearts. Only Grace and Love and action can.
And besides the war, Ron Paul governs by philosophy rather than by polls. He hasn’t and won’t change his philosophy in order to get the “purple people who drink coke” vote. He has a political ideology and he won’t compromise it. Whether its free markets or absolute liberty… whether its not taking money from PACs or refusing medicare and paying for services himself (he’s an OBGYN)… the man has principle and character and values, something that’s been lacking from Washington for a long time.
Here’s his blurbs from the debate… tell me what you don’t agree with here.