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Ron Paul chastises at GOP conference: Conservatives ‘like the empire’

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posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 09:38 AM

Texas Rep. Ron Paul proved once again Saturday that his politics continue to divide the Republican Party.

He was met with both disapproval and applause during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference for describing conservatives as hypocritical when they call for a return to Constitutional values while supporting foreign wars.

The conservatives and the liberals, they both like to spend. Conservatives spend money on different things. They like embassies, and they like occupation. They like the empire. They like to be in 135 countries and 700 bases.

Don’t you think it’s rather conservative to say, ‘Oh it’s good to follow the Constitution. Oh, except for war. Let the President go to war anytime they want.’ We can do better with peace than with war.

Dr. Paul is consistently the voice of reason in the GOP but will this revelation that eveyone knows already, damage the GOP and actually strengthen a third parties chances in upcoming elections? From my observation; there does seem to be a growing movement away from the Dems and Repubs.

Whenever the boos grew loud enough, Paul returned to his "humble" foreign policy stance.

"It's been 60 years since we went to war in Korea," said Paul. "Why do we have to have troops there?"

Enough of Paul's supporters showed up for the conference that many of his fellow speakers were met with boos on issues of government spending. In a straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, Paul walked away with the most support for a 2012 presidential bid: 31 percent.

Eying another bid for president after a run in 2008, Paul is telling Republican activists that "the American people have awoken" because Washington won't address the nation's fiscal crisis.

"The reason why the American people have awoken ... is because the country is broke and the people in Washington won't admit it."

Paul added, however, that President Obama is not the "socialist" he has been labeled by Tea Party activists.

Not a "socialists" ? Blasphemy

[edit on 11-4-2010 by whaaa]

posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 09:45 AM
I will not vote for a Republican or a Democrat ever again. The only possibility right now is Ron Paul. But the fact that he says there is nothing to the 911 truth disturbs me. My guess is that he decided not to even "go there" as it would be political suicide. The man seems like a good man...and I haven't seen that in awhile.

posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 09:52 AM
Dontcha hate it when the founder and mouthpiece of the Tea Party interrupts the faux tea party with a actual point.

Faux Noise told me that the tea party and the RNC = the same thing on a course of complete merger...seems the tea party was after all the RNC/GOP with just a fancy name and funny hats.

Who is this Ron Paul guy again?

posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 10:20 AM
I don't care for Ron Paul but I agree with him on this one. No reason to have all these bases. And to want to expand war but claiming the government needs to be restricted is hypocritical.

Because war IS expanding government.

posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 10:31 AM

Originally posted by nixie_nox
I don't care for Ron Paul but I agree with him on this one. No reason to have all these bases. And to want to expand war but claiming the government needs to be restricted is hypocritical.

Because war IS expanding government.

And thats me showing my ignorance...I suppose I should actually research Paul a bit more...I just assumed he was a popular version of Bob Barr in regards to our wars.

Expand? really? why the hell does every frontrunner have to be pro-interference.

Constitution dictates the government can raise a standing army for defense, reviewed every two years to see if we still need it (or if the foreign invaders have since left)...not to create a overbloated military complex and keep it eternally fighting other peoples wars. Its damn near unconstitutional to have the military working the way we do.

posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 10:32 AM
as an addition to the above article, I found this also interesting.

Ron Paul: President Obama Is Not A Socialist

Near the end of the third day of this year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference, it was time for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to take the stage. Paul, fresh off his victory in the CPAC straw poll, gave a characteristically fired-up speech that took on the views of the Republican party establishment.

"The question has been raised about whether or not our president is a socialist," Paul said. "I am sure there are some people here who believe it. But in the technical sense, in the economic definition of a what a socialist is, no, he's not a socialist."

"He's a corporatist," Paul continued. "And unfortunately we have corporatists inside the Republican party and that means you take care of corporations and corporations take over and run the country."

Paul said examples of President Obama's "corporatism" were evident in the heath care reform bill he signed into law last month. He said the mandate in the bill put the power over health care in the hands of corporations rather than private citizens. But he said the bill wasn't the only place where corporatism is creeping into Washington

posted on Apr, 12 2010 @ 10:47 AM
Poor Paul. His battle is already lost. The people love their authoritarian overlords. The fact that we've evolved into a one party nation proves that. Despite all of the corporatist and special interest game playing the people still had the power to prevent this but they chose to be stupid and vote based only on knee-jerk "action" and television commercials.

Unless the next generation coming up is so intensely liberty-minded as to resemble anarchists the US will continue down it authoritarian path unhindered.

The last real choice we had was do we want war mongering authoritarian or non war mongering authoritarian. That choice has since vanished. Now we get to choose black war mongering authoritarian or white war mongering authoritarian.

What a country.

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