The Ron Paul Effect
by Dr. Ada Fisher - January 15th, 2012
Win or lose, the Ron Paul campaign will have a lingering effect that will affect not just our assessment and inclinations on the federal reserve banking system, but also on foreign policy. In a recent visit with a dear friend who I considered marrying and who was a Vietnam War Veteran with shrapnel still in his chest, I asked, why were we there and was the war worth it? Without pause he articulated the mission to stop communism.
And then, he wavered on whether it was worth it noting that in his battalion alone were two of his black classmates and while in Vietnam he ran into about six men who were in his segregated high school.
He and I then agreed that the best line of the 2012 New Hampshire Republican debate was when Newt Gingrich tried to ‘professorally’ respond to Ron Paul’s accusation that he was a “Chicken Hawk.” Gingrich hid behind the shield of having a wife and children to which Paul’s rejoinder was so did he, but he served.
In my high school senior class, 10% went to the military for the impact of the draft was felt. I was distressed that one of the young men whom I loved was one of the first to die. The wavering from my friend was about the sacrifice of our children that our black communities made while the children of the rich and famous too often went to college, think tanks and job offers, some developing public policies destined to send more to war. My friend said he couldn’t marry me when we were together more than 25 years ago for he was still messed up and believed I was going somewhere and didn’t need him holding me back.
The take away from youth is they no longer want to fight wars in ill defined missions on behalf of a nation whose Congress lets the battles begin without being willing to sign their names in formally declaring a war, defining our mission and insuring a viable exit strategy. Paul is right about the previous impact of wars on the economically distressed and minorities who sacrificed much and returned home battled and broken to find no jobs, limited support and insufficient health care. And his message had best be heeded by conservatives in reference to youth who Paul attracts in abundance.
Though many of us may feel his views aren’t main stream, Paul is articulating what a lot of our children's believe about not getting into wars where the national interest is questionable.
Iran, the instability of Israel and its neighbors, China’s meddling with economies and Russia’s hidden hand in Middle East nuclear escalations, up the ante for war in the near future. As I weekly visit the VA Salisbury cemetery about a mile from my house and pray for those who sacrificed so much that we might be free, I can’t help but wonder who will fight on our behalf if our children continue to so disengage?
Dr. Fisher is right when she says conservatives (and moderate Republicans too) need to accept that wars must be justified. It is my opinion that we should have pulled out of the war against the Islamo-fascists the instant that they voted in new governments. For those who forget, that was several years ago. Why did we stay? Why to "nation build" of course.
As America has repeatedly proved, it only takes us a couple of weeks to invade and defeat these nations. Having disarmed them, we should have made it clear. Stay on our side and we will help rebuild. Oppose us and you can rebuild by yourselves. Plus, the second you start military actions again (even if you use so-called non-aligned Islamo-fascist terrorists), we will invade and disarm you again. But in the meantime, we are out of here.
No President has the moral right to conduct nation building exercises using American troops to fight the battle for others who are not willing to fight for themselves. That is not moral or just. Yet that is exactly what George W. Bush did. That is when he lost my support.
In fact, though he is my third choice, it is his position on fighting unjustified wars that is the reason that I would vote for Ron Paul before I would vote for Mitt Romney. This issue is not going away. Dr. Fisher is right. The real "Ron Paul Effect" is his position on America fighting wars that do not serve our national interest, but serve the interests of others.