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Other nations around the world find our interference in their affairs condescending, and it is very dangerous for us. We may think we have much to gain by inserting ourselves in these complex situations, but on the contrary we suffer from many consequences. Other countries have their problems, to be sure. But how would we feel if China or Russia came to our soil and tried to depose our problematic leaders or correct our policies for us? Our problems are ours to solve, and we need to give other countries that respect as well. Instead, we have been turning alleged, phantom threats into real, actual threats.
We should follow the foreign policy advice of the Founders – friendship and commerce with all nations. One positive step would be to end our destructive embargo of Cuba, which deprives our farmers of a market just 90 miles from US shores while strengthening the Communist regime. We've seen 50 years of statist restrictions not accomplish anything. A change is needed. Other countries should decide how to govern themselves. Even if we don't necessarily approve, it's none of our business. If other people foolishly choose to live under statist experimental regimes, they need to fail in their own right, and not have us as a scapegoat. We need to focus on our own affairs.
However, the pressures exerted on our leadership from the military industrial complex and big business is not in favor of peace or freedom, or especially nonintervention. Intervention is big business. Defense contracts topped $300 billion last year, and total spending on war and our overseas empire is up to $1 trillion per year. That represents a lot of people earning a living off of war and conquest. But rather than adding to our economy, all of this money is taken from the economy in order to wage war and destruction. Imagine if those resources were put to creative, productive use here at home!
We need to rein in our overseas empire, as quickly as possible. We need to bring our troops home, and get our economy back into the business of production, not destruction. The smartest thing we could do is admit we don't know all the answers to all the world's problems. If the new administration can take a closer look at real free trade and no entangling alliances, we would be much better off for it. Economically – we could save hundreds of billions of dollars each year! The new leadership has the opportunity and the political capital to do this. But unfortunately, it is not likely to happen.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
EXCELLENT! As I've said elsewhere ... the whole world should BUTT OUT and let Israel and the Palestinians beat the snot out of each other. Whoever dies gets the Darwin Award. Who ever is left alive will be smarter. Then, with that out of the way, the world can move on and we never have to hear about it again.
Originally posted by free2bme
I must say the more I hear from this man, the more I like him. I have always wondered why we spend so much money supporting nations that are not in need of our funding. Humanitarian aid is one thing, but it is time for us to do exactly what this man says, mind our own business and get our own house in order.
I am now going to do some serious reading on Ron Paul and his take on things. Gee, is there any way he could run in 2012? I have never been a party line voter, and could easily see myself supporting this man.
Originally posted by GoldenFleece
No offense, but where were you a year ago? That's when we needed people to wake up and realize that Ron Paul was the only presidential candidate who could save this country. All the other candidates except Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul were CFR, which guarantees that nothing will change. How could you have not caught on to his message until now?
America had one last chance and we blew it.
Originally posted by drock905
reply to post by ModernAcademia
I lost what little faith i had in the American political system after Dr. Pauls treatment.
The i fact that a man like him would be marganalized and laughed at by the majority of America is a disgrace.
Originally posted by Majorion
If only all politicians were like Dr. Ron Paul.
How can John McCain be the republican candidate and even Sarah Palin can be vp candidate and this honest intelligent man can't?