By Keven Keller
We have all recently caught wind of the mainstream media’s neglect of Ron Paul. With this, his campaign has been able to isolate certain issues that critics have with his ideas and policies and address them accordingly. The one we’ve heard about for years would be his electability. I don’t want to focus too much on this topic because it’s as pointless as trying to define what is “cool”. Electability can only be determined by the people who educate themselves on a candidate’s stances and make a choice to either vote or not vote for said candidate. However, based off of where citizens obtain their information to educate themselves, their decision could be swayed tremendously.
The mainstream media (MSM) believes they know how voters vote based off of polls conducted rather by themselves or by an outside company who tends to poll within a low specified amount of participants “selected at random”. The MSM also regrets to inform viewers that no matter how “fair and balanced” they claim to be, they only tell you what they want you to hear. Jon Stewart, and just recently a Pew Research Center’s study from January 1-August 14, made perfect references to MSM’s inclusion/occlusion of candidates. Those who fall within the realm of the status quo and side with corporate America viewpoints enjoy much more attention than Ron Paul. I could whine and moan about this all day, but it would deter me from focusing on the main criticism Ron Paul’s supporters have to defend, his foreign policy.
Where to begin on defending Ron Paul’s foreign policy? First off, Ron Paul is not an isolationist, he is a non-interventionist. Completely different. Closing some of our 900 bases in about 40 countries and allowing the troops to come home and spend their lives and money here is not a bad idea in my eyes, but I also believe that when somebody is in my backyard, my private property, doing whatever they want, I tend to get a little agitated and want to defend what is mine. I understand having bases in strategic military jumping off points, but 900 of them? Even closing half of those bases would not isolate us in the least. However, instead of wanting to close those bases now to save money, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the restructuring of the military retirement system could be helpful with budget cuts. I’m shaking my head too! We won’t dare touch congressional pay/benefits, but we’ll consider “restructuring” our own military’s retirement system. I digress. Ron Paul understands that fighting militants in guerrilla warfare only increases our risk, not only as a military, but as a nation.
We the people have allowed and are allowing our government to do what they see fit with respect to militarism and protecting assets, instead of following our Constitution. Here’s a brief history lesson on causes of recent military interactions abroad. The Gulf of Tonkin incidents, one of which was a blatant lie, caused a stir in the media and scare tactics/war propaganda ensued to bring us into the Vietnam War. Osama Bin Laden and his forces were created and trained by our very own CIA to combat the USSR with economic warfare, i.e. spreading them too thin to make them vulnerable for a financial collapse. Saddam Hussein was funded by US money and weapons to combat Iran and secure the “petrodollar” scam, an attempt to challenge the US dollar by wanting to use the euro as an alternative currency for oil transactions. Oh the irony! The U.S. also created Gaddafi and Mubarak, amongst others, but now we’re subjecting our servicemen/women’s lives and our economic stability (that’s gone) to fight in unconstitutional wars that we, in essence, created.
Instead, people want to attack Ron Paul’s foreign policy. We cannot continue wearing our World Police badge and putting our nose in everybody’s business. Why do you think we’re viewed so negatively across the world? It’s not because people are jealous of our personal liberties, which are being stripped away slowly, but because we are the bully at recess that doesn’t know when to quit. When is enough, enough America?
Special thanks to Will Winston