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The Military Loves Ron Paul, The Proof is in the Pudding

The candidates’ second quarter donation reports are in, and once again Ron Paul is dominating the rest of the field in donations from active military members, just like he did in 2008.  In fact, Ron Paul got more money in donations from the military than ALL other candidates combined, including Obama! [Source: Ron Paul 2012]

Military Donation Receipts, GOP candidates 2Q 2011

Military Donation Receipts, GOP Field

Military donation receipts, entire field 2Q 2011

Military donation receipts, entire field

Paul raised over $33K from the military, whereas the closest GOP contender, Herman Cain, raised just over $7K.  Obama, the titan fundraiser that he is, only raised about $20K.

These numbers tell a lot about what the military feels should be a proper foreign policy.  They are tired of being forced to police the world and nation build in countries that hate us.  They see first hand how our involvement around the world causes blowback.  They just want to come home safe and alive to their families.  Thus, they are speaking directly with their money by donating to Ron Paul.

If any neo-con tells you that they think Ron Paul is weak on defense or is anti-military, this donation report completely defies their argument.  If they think you’re making this stuff up, please direct them to this page.  You can’t argue with cold hard numbers!

It’s time to change the status quo and return to a humble foreign policy espoused by our founding fathers.  Thomas Jefferson stated that America’s stance should be “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”  Ron Paul is the only candidate who’s consistently preached this philosophy and as president he will have the conviction to follow it.

Economic Wake Up Call / Anti-War Rally

It looks like a number of local news sources picked up the Wake Up Call rally in downtown’s De La Guerra Plaza last weekend.  This rally was organized by the Veterans for Peace and our new Ron Paul meetup group member, Penny.  There ended up being over 200 people show up at the event, and four of our meetup group members were there as well.  The rally marked the 8th anniversary of the Iraq War and was intended to be a non-partisan event to protest what’s going on in Washington DC with all the wars and spending.  After congregating at the plaza and listening to some speakers, the protesters then marched down State Street to the Arlington West beach where all the crosses representing each US soldier that died in Iraq are displayed.  Our meetup’s group focus for the event was not only to protest spending at the wars, but to also network with other groups and to promote the false left-right paradigm.  Overall the event ended up having mostly liberal folks, but there was a cross section of some other groups such as ours and the 9/11 Truthers.

Here’s some video coverage from KEYT news: http://www.keyt.com/news/local/Rally-Aganist-War-Held-In-Santa-Barbara–118302339.html.

The Santa Barbara Independent press release can be found here: http://www.independent.com/news/2011/mar/18/wake-call-rally-and-march/.

Here are some pictures of the protest, thanks to Ed Hat contributor Robert Bernstein: http://swt.org/act/wakeup2011/.

Penny with her video camera

Penny's friend Brett speaks out

9/11 Truthers against war

Egypt’s Rebellion and American Foreign Policy

The rebellion in Egypt the past couple weeks has come to a climax as the defunct ex-president Mubarak has finally decided to relinquish power and flee the country.  Now the top military officials are left in charge of a country which essentially has no leader, and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air about what kind of government will rise up from the ashes.  For the protesters of the anti-Mubarak movement, this is a great day to celebrate as it marks the ending of a 30 year rule by a tyrant and the triumph of freedom and the prospects of democracy.  However, when looking at this event one also cannot forget the role of the United States in Egyptian affairs over the past three decades.

Egypt’s one of our biggest recipients of foreign aid and military training and Mubarak was one of our closest allies in the Middle East.  We have given over $70 billion worth of direct foreign aid in the past years and all for what?  To prop up a puppet dictator.  Look back on any picture of the Egyptian rebellion and know that the weapons the military was using to the beat protesters was bought with our foreign aid.  It took a lot of courage for the people to finally rise up and revolt in the streets.  It was reported that over 200 citizens died and many more were injured.  Now that they’ve finally disposed of the ruler who has ruled over them for probably a majority of their lives, how do you think the Egyptians will view the US, a long time supporter of their foe?  To put it mildly, it will be not very favorable.

It angers most conservatives when our government tries to pick winners and losers in our economy, but our foreign policy shouldn’t any different.  If there are any future confrontations or calamities with Egyptians, it should be pretty obvious it will not be because they hate our freedoms or lifestyle, it will be because of our history of meddling in their affairs (or what the CIA labels as “blowback”).  Without foreign aid, Mubarak would have not been in power as long as he had been.  And the same goes for the multitudes of other countries we are giving money to in efforts to support a leadership we agree with at the time being.  It was once said that American foreign policy takes money from the poor in a rich nation and gives it to the rich in a poor nation.  In other words, it is a waste of perfectly good taxpayer money.  Republicans once campaigned on ending all foreign aid, and we need to once again adhere to this philosophy.  It doesn’t help other nations by making them more dependent on us, and oftentimes it doesn’t make us any safer.  It is time for us to take a more hands off approach with our foreign policy, much like our Founding Fathers espoused when our nation was young.  In Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural speech to the nation he simply said, “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.”

Jack Hunter (ie. The Southern Avenger) details this issue perfectly in the following video:

The 9th Anniversary of a National Tragedy

This year marked the 9th anniversary of 9/11, a day that will go down in infamy in our nation’s history.  To this day we are still feeling its effects as we continue the Wars on Terror in the Middle East, the news networks run stories nonstop about the mosque at Ground Zero, and fundamentalist Christian pastors threaten to burn Korans.  Yes folks, jingoism is still alive and well today in America and in the form of Islamaphobia.  We have been playing right into the hand of Osama bin Laden, and are now in constant fear and pursuit of a boogeyman known as terrorism (call it Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, extreme fundamentalist Muslims, ect, ect.).  America, a nation that once had no enemies, is now at the top of the list of countries most nation’s despise because of our role as the world police and sticking our thumb into everyone’s business.  How did we come to this?  How did a once humble and principled nation become a global bully?

Sadly, we have abandoned the principles of our Founding Fathers.  Among them, Thomas Jefferson said that we should pursue a humble, non-interventionist foreign policy of “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”  Likewise, John Quincy Adams stated, “[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benign’ sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.”  Sounds like the Founders were fortune tellers, but they were not.  They knew what would happen if we abandoned our principles, and boy have we!  We are now in over 160 countries around the world, subsidizing those countries that agree with us and bombing those who don’t.

People might say that times are different now and the ideas in the Constitution are antiquated and no longer apply to our current situation, but they are wrong.  The fact that we don’t follow the Constitution these days does not mean that it is no longer relevant.  In fact, our nation did have a terrorist threat back when we were founded, and they were pirates.  For instance, the Barbary pirates were Muslims that would no only loot and pillage, but they would also take Christians captive as slaves.  Since these pirates did not represent a nation or government, the Founders knew there would have to be a way with dealing them in the Constitution other than waging a national war.  To do this, they used Letters of Marque and Reprisal (Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution as one of the enumerated powers of Congress).  This was a government license authorizing a private vessel to attack and capture enemy vessels, and bring them before admiralty courts.  No official Letters of Marque and Reprisal have been issued in this nation since the 19th century, but when we were attacked on 9/11 we could have defined it as acts of “air piracy.”  To follow this point, Congressman Ron Paul introduced the Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001, which would have granted the president the authority to use letters of marque and reprisal against the specific terrorists, instead of warring against a foreign state. The terrorists were compared to pirates in that they are difficult to fight by traditional military means. Congressman Paul also advocated the use of letters of marque to address the issue of Somali pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden in 2009. Sadly, both bills Congressman Paul introduced were not enacted into law.

Right after 9/11 it did appear we were going to do things right, sending special forces into Afghanistan to hunt down Bin Laden and other A-Qaeda terrorists responsible for the plot.  Our response was quick and effective and we sent a message to the world that you don’t mess with the US.  At this point Bush should have declared “Mission Accomplished,” with the caveat that we’d have special ops still hunting down Bin Laden.(1) But as everyone knows from history, we got a bit sidetracked in the Middle East and never caught Bin Laden.  Bush, who ran on a platform as a “compassionate conservative” and believed in a humble foreign policy of no nation building, decided that national defense justified preemptive striking and pretty soon we were fighting wars on two fronts, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and engaging in nation building.

There was a key moment in the 2008 Republican national debates when Guliani and Ron Paul went back an forth on foreign policy and the cause of 9/11.  Guliani, representing the neo-con camp, believed it happened because the terrorists hated our freedoms and way of life and there was no way we could have seen this coming.  Paul, representing the liberty movement, believed it was caused by what the CIA terms as blowback.  In other words, our foreign policy of meddling in the Middle East the past several decades resulted in unintended and unfortunate consequences, such as 9/11.  Guliani shot back that Paul was blaming America and justifying the attack, once again showing his ignorance in the entire matter despite being the mayor of the very city where the attack happened.  When a detective is trying to find a motive for a crime, the detective is not justifying the crime.  Thus, Ron Paul was saying that if we don’t correctly learn why 9/11 happened and change our foreign policy, we are doomed to repeat it.

Unfortunately, the new administration hasn’t changed anything as far as foreign policy.  We are still interventionist, meddling in everyone’s affairs, and playing world police.  Our military is stretched thin across the globe and it’s not only bankrupting our nation, but making us less safe at home.  A study on suicide bombing showed that the number one cause was because of foreign occupation.  In Iraq, there was not one suicide bombing until we invaded the country.  Now it’s hard to go through a week without hearing about one.  Foreign occupation was also stated by Bin Laden as the main reason for the 9/11 attacks, and because of our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan we are helping his cause even further.  Al Queda didn’t even exist in Iraq before we attacked them, but they do now.  It’s quite easy for Bin Laden to recruit new members when they can physically see the occupier on their own soil.  Thus, it’s a never-ending cycle that goes on until we are bankrupt and our empire collapses.  The Roman Empire suffered a similar fate, as did Great Britain and Soviet Russia.  It’s silly how many still wonder like Guliani why we get stung when we go around the world sticking our hands into hornet’s nests.  It’s time we change focus of our foreign policy from international offense to national defense.  We need to bring our troops home and focus on protecting and building our own nation.

Today we ended the War in Iraq right?? Riiight….

Today the news headlines claimed that the War in Iraq is coming to an end and the last combat troops are being pulled out of the country.  The remaining troops in Iraq will now switch missions from combat to “assisting” the local government.  Mission accomplished right? 

Well, not exactly.  This is more political pandering than anything else.  Who is this pandering to?  All the anti-war liberals who thought that supporting Obama would mean an end to our wars in the Middle East and the fact that our nation is becoming more discontent with our never-ending wars on terror.  This Iraq War has officially become our nation’s longest war, longer than the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War.  We’ve spent trillions of dollars fighting it, lost over 4,000 troops, and over 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed.  And all for what?  Spreading freedom?  Now Iraq’s infrastructure has been completely devastated, their government is in shambles, factions continue to fight, and if we were to completely pull out our troops there would be no way they could maintain a semblance of national security.

After our last combat troops leave the country, 50,000 troops will remain.  This is roughly two times more than the number of troops we have stationed in Korea.  The plan is to keep them there until January 1st, 2012 and then to bring them back home if necessary.  That worked pretty well in Korea right?  The truth is that America never really leaves.  Ask almost every country in the world where we maintain active bases.  We have a global empire and it’s costing trillions of dollars to maintain and will eventually lead us to financial ruin if we don’t deal with it head on.  Think of this next time you hear any conservative who says that they want to cut the budget, but not touch defense spending.

One other thing to consider with this “troop pullback” today in Iraq is that many are just going to be sent over to bolster our forces in Afghanistan.  It’s like we’re playing the game of Risk.  We surged our troops in Iraq and destroyed the forces in that country, and now it’s time to leave some men behind and move over to Afghanistan.  After Afghanistan what country will be next?  Iran seems like a good candidate right?  Sadly, our Risk cards are going to be out soon once our country goes bankrupt…

Our Current Foreign Policy: More of the Same

Last Monday Obama proposed a surge of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan.  Once again the alleged peace candidate has decided to follow America’s foreign policy of intervention, nation building, and preventative war.  To those who were shocked by this announcement, it is only fair to point out that this was part of Obama’s campaign platform.  He didn’t want to be portrayed as a complete peacenik compared to the hawkish McCain, nor would he want to propose the radical idea that America should mind its own business.  Thus, his platform was that we shouldn’t be waging a perpetual war in Iraq, instead we need to be focusing on war in Afghanistan.  Yes, this is the radical change and hope we can believe in America.  But please don’t be so surprised when you begin to realize how similar his foreign policy is starting to look to that of Bush’s.  Jon Stewart even made this comparison recently in a segment of his show that you can see here.

Unfortunately or fortunately based on what you think of his proposal, Obama is seeing resistance from both political parties on his idea of a surge.  There are few politicians in Congress who are even taking a principled stance against this, and then there are many who are taking a stand because they fear for their jobs in the upcoming election of 2010 (the biggest motivating factor for the majority of politicians).  Sadly, there are few who are speaking against America’s current foreign policy.  Recently, Ron Paul tried questioning Obama’s cabinet members for foreign policy, including our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, if they believed in the Bush Doctrine of preventative war .  For those most part, they all agreed with the doctrine.  Clinton stated that since Al Queda attacked us on 9/11, we needed to retaliate in Afghanistan.  Ron Paul corrected her by stating a fact that none of the 9/11 bombers were Afghani, in which Clinton shrugged off.  She then rationalized our efforts in Afghanistan by stating that it’s where Al Queda is primarily centered, thus we need to be over there actively pursuing them.  It makes sense doesn’t it?

Well if you look at the date, it’s almost 2010 and we still haven’t captured Bin Laden.  Bush attempted it and failed, and then he focused his efforts on Iraq.  Now Obama is playing the same cards, trying to justify the threat of Al Queda to nation build in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Once again we have no clear-cut goals or a defined enemy, the perfect recipe for never ending war and perpetual hostility towards our country.  Once again we have failed to learn from history or have stopped to think about the primary cause of terrorism, which is foreign occupation.  The Soviets tried nation building in Afghanistan and failed during the Cold War.  Osama Bin Laden succeeded in bankrupting the Soviets in that war, which ultimately lead to the collapse of the USSR.  Now we are thinking about following the same playbook as the USSR and think the outcome will be any different?  We are stretched so thin as it already is with Iraq and our economy is in shambles, thus another war in Afghanistan will wreak financial havoc upon our nation.  Not only that, but we are playing right into the hands of Osama Bin Laden.  After he admitted responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, Bin Laden threatened that if we attacked his country, he would defeat us by bankrupting our country.  In addition, by being over there as the “aggressor,” we are helping Bin Laden recruit more terrorists who wouldn’t have normally joined Al Queda.  It’s a perpetual cycle.  And eventually it will cause us blowback, unintended consequences due to our interventionist foreign policy, like it did on 9/11 (we had been in the Arabian Peninsula meddling with their affairs since the 1950’s).  We need to rethink our foreign policy, starting with bringing our troops home and minding our own business.  Our economy is already damaged enough, and ending these perpetual wars would save us billions of dollars.  A foreign policy of peace, diplomacy, and honest friendship was what we once had in the age of Jefferson when we were a non-interventionist nation.  We need to hearken back to these old days of armed neutrality where we “spoke softly and carried a big stick” as Teddy Roosevelt once said.