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Memo to the paulbots: Go away. The GOP doesn’t need you.

Posted by zbigniewmazurak on June 11, 2012


In a recent laughable screed published on the Fox News website in the Opinion section, a senior Reason magazine editor whose name I do not recall claimed that because Ron Paul has made supposedly large gains, the GOP will now have to reach out to his supporters, ask for their votes, and pay a price for these votes in the form of significant policy concessions on issues foreign and domestic.

What concessions does he demand?

Cutting down the US military to a force capable of defending only the US proper, withdrawing all troops from foreign countries, closing all overseas bases, terminating all defense commitments, and all aid programs, to all of America’s allies, never intervening militarily abroad, closing the Fed, legalizing drugs, and reinstating the gold standard.

He claims that these concessions would be “a small price to pay” for the votes of Ron Paul supporters.

But he’s completely wrong.

Other than closing the Fed and legalizing drugs, such concessions would amount to a HUGE, UNACCEPTABLE price to pay, as they would be detrimental for the Republic, for the conservative movement, and for the GOP.

Agreeing to cutting the US military down to a constabulary force capable of, at most, defending only US territory and nothing else would be the most disastrous concession of all, and the worst mistake that the GOP and the conservative movement could make. That, by itself, is a reason to reject the Reason magazine guy’s demands. It would mean cutting the US military down to a small size, cutting its modernization programs, and thus dramatically weakening it. But because the same kind of military capabilities useful for defending America’s allies (such air and naval superiority, missile defense, nuclear deterrence, ground superiority, tactical strike, long range strike, etc.) are also needed for defending America, there is no way to cut the military to make it unable or useless for defending allies while not making it incapable of defending America itself.

Cutting the military, especially deeply, will weaken it and make it unable to defend AMERICA as well as its allies.

There is no way that you can honestly propose to cut it and make it unable to defend America’s allies but capable of defending America itself.

Withdrawing US troops from all foreign countries where they are currently stationed, closing all (as opposed to some) overseas bases, and abandoning all defense commitments to all of America’s allies – including the most loyal ones – would be a great betrayal of them and a shot in the foot for America itself. It would leave America’s enemies (such as China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran) free to perpetrate aggression and conquer country after country, coming ever closer to the US itself, while dramatically reducing America’s influence in the world and the world’s, as well as America’s, security.

It would also dramatically cut America’s power projection capabilities, for which overseas bases and troops stationed in them are needed. If America ever again needs, for example, to punish terrorists for attacking the US, or to prevent terrorists or a rogue state from obtaining weapons of mass murder, it will not have any overseas bases to project power from, and will have to rely on an aging, shrinking fleet of carriers, amphib ships, and strategic airlifters, plus a tiny fleet of mostly nonstealthy bombers.

Cutting off aid to programs such as Egypt and Pakistan, which are not true allies of the US, makes sense. But cutting off aid to allies such as Israel would be unjust and would undermine their security.

Foreswearing ANY military interventions abroad, as opposed to only military interventions in irrelevant countries and where the US should not take sides, is also a foolish, suicidal policy. It’s one thing to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and avoid intervening in Syria. It’s one thing to say that the US should never intervene military abroad, anywhere, under any circumstances, even if, for example, North Korea invades the South or Iran is on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. Even libertarian columnist and AmSpec Associate Editor W. James Antle admits that neither a policy of intervening everywhere nor¬† a rigid foreswearing of any interventions anywhere is a wise policy. Promising that America would never intervene anywhere, under any circumstances, would be as foolish and suicidal as abandoning all defense commitments to all of America’s allies – it would be a license for America’s enemies and for troublemakers and thugs around the world to perpetrate aggression, conquer America’s allies, harbor terrorist organizations unpunished, develop WMDs unpunished, and make America less secure.

Adopting the gold standard would be disastrous for the US economy. It would mean tying the dollar to gold, thus producing deflation and a recession (if not a depression) and making the dollar dependent on the very volatile price of gold. If its price dips, so will the value of the dollar.

No, that would not be “a small price to pay” for Ron Paul supporters’ votes.

Nor is it necessary. As poll after poll, and as the results of all primaries conducted this year, have irrefutably proven, Paul supporters are just a small band of rabid libertarians who worship Ron Paul. And as their statements, and those of Ron Paul (who, in 2008, refused to endorse John McCain and instead endorsed the Big Government socialist 9/11 truther Cynthia McKinney), irrefutably prove, they would never vote for a Republican presidential candidate (other than Ron Paul) anyway. The GOP doesn’t need them, shouldn’t appease them, and even if it tried to, it would fail to win their votes.

But if the GOP does try to appease paulbots and does accede to their demands of the policy concessions listed above, it will antagonize and disenfranchise tens of millions of conservative voters who believe in a strong national defense, a confident foreign policy, free market economics, traditional American values, and supporting Israel, and who don’t want the GOP to be turned into a radical libertarian party in Paul’s image. This would mean losing tens of millions of voters, and as a result, losing every future Presidential and Congressional election, even if all Ron Paul supporters started voting for the GOP (which they never will).

So thus, the GOP would be shooting itself in the foot: antagonizing people who would likely cast their ballots for the GOP while appeasing people who would never vote for it.

The GOP must not do this. It must not make ANY policy concessions to Ron Paul or his supporters, and neither should Mitt Romney. It, and Mitt Romney, should avoid Ron Paul voters like the lepers that they are.

My message to the paulbots is: Go away. The GOP doesn’t need you and doesn’t want you.

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The long-term danger to conservatism, the country, the GOP, and the military

Posted by zbigniewmazurak on March 24, 2012


Aside from all the defense cuts that the Obama Admin and the Congress plan to make, and aside from entitlement programs, which are crowding out defense spending, there is an ever graver, but long-term, threat to conservatism, the country, the GOP, and the military.

What is that threat?

Ron Paul supporters.

Ron Paul is dead last in polls and in terms of the number of delegates. He has not won, and will not win, a single state primary or caucus. He was the biggest loser on Super Tuesday, which was won by Romney. He does not, and never stood, even the SLIGHTEST chance of winning the GOP nomination, let alone the general election. He is, and has always been, utterly unelectable.

Ron Paul himself is not the threat here. It is his supporters.

Why?

They are predominantly young and will therefore live for the next several decades. Moreover, they are brainwashing their fellow youngsters, especially (but not exclusively) on campus, with Ron Paul’s extremely leftist views and converting them to the anarcho-libertarian cause. Polls show that in most primaries and caucuses, while Ron Paul usually got crushed, he was by far the first choice of young voters, winning almost 50% of their votes in Iowa, New Hampshire, Maine, and other states.

Unless conservatives (please distinguish conservatives from liberals; there is a heck of a difference) reach out to young voters, educate them, counter Paul’s leftist propaganda, and warn youngsters not to let Paul fool them, the GOP will, a few decades from now, be dominated and ruled by the Pauliban – hardcore Ron Paul supporters who agree with 100% of his extremely leftist views, including those on defense and foreign issues.

Indeed, there has been, a few months ago, a poll surveying their own views, and most of them profess extremely leftist beliefs, even more leftist than those of Barack Obama. They want to cut defense spending by half (which would mean gutting the military), withdraw all US troops from all foreign countries, withdraw the US from all alliances and international organizations, legalize all drugs (including hard ones), and not helping any allies, not even America’s closest allies such as Britain or France, if they are attacked. And they don’t care about the consequences of these policies.

In other words, they support a complete gutting of the US military, total isolationism, and total moral hedonism, all of which are un-conservative, and deeply damaging, policies.

And yet, unless conservatives educate these young voters, they will constitute a significant minority, if not the half or the majority, of the future Republican electorate and cadre of politicians.

Mere hopes that they’ll grow up and wisen up will not, by themselves, solve this problem. Sure, some of them will certainly grow up and wisen up, and after Ron Paul retires from the political scene next year, his influence on the GOP will be smaller. But his son entered the Senate just last year and aspires to be President one day. And his political views are almost as unconservative as those of his father although, to his credit, he does not badmouth America.

Conservatives need to patiently educate young voters. This is an effort that needs to continue endlessly, as new youngsters turn 18 and begin voting.

If we don’t do this, the GOP will be taken over by the Pauliban.

And what will be the consequences? We only need to look at what happened to the Libertarian Party and the Republican Liberty Caucus when the Pauliban took them over. (Indeed, they are already trying to take over the GOP, because they realize that the LP is a non-starter.)

The Libertarian Party started as a party with high, noble ideals. Unfortunately, the Pauliban and other anarcho-libertarian scum soon took it over, after they were cast out of the two big parties.

The Republican Liberty Caucus was started by non-paulbot Republicans with a libertarian streak who were trying to influence the GOP to reduce the size of the government and to respect privacy rights. It quickly became a success. But after membership grew significantly, the Pauliban arrived and began to infliltrate it in large numbers. They eventually dominated it numerically and took it over. And they brought with them their “no one may disagree with the Prophet Paul” attitude. For them, disagreeing with the Prophet Paul is a blasphemy. Nowadays, if you disagree with anything Paul says, they call their membership list and, within a few minutes, dozens of paulistinians will be bashing you on the RLC’s forum.

There is a danger of the same happening to the entire Republican Party, unless conservatives and Republican Party members:

  • Establish formal chapters of conservative organizations (such as YAF) at hundreds of universities and colleges, including the biggest ones, and make sure that these chapters actually operate and recruit a lot of students.
  • Formulate a coherent conservative philosophy and cnservative policies on the full spectrum of issues (starting with defense and foreign policy) based on that philosophy.
  • Propose and explain these policies to youngsters, and explain to them why they are far better, and far more in line with the Founders’ wishes, than what Ron Paul and his minions advocate.
  • Explain the flaws and contradictions of Ron Paul’s policies and his extremely leftist philosophy, as well as their origins.
  • Register young voters as Republicans.
  • Encourage young voters to join the ROTC.
  • Educate youngsters about American history and about Presidents.

Of course, doing so will mean making a huge, organized, coordinated, nationwide effort. But then again, everything important to the country requires that. No pain, no gain.

Remember: the Pauliban are just as intolerant as, and much more dangerous than, the Taliban.

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