Originally posted by 27jd
No politician out there has there sh_t together the way he does. It's too bad he's not better at getting his message across and staying on point
with it. If they can work with him on that, I think people will see what he stands for more clearly. When he's on the spot he has so much to say in
regards to his personal feelings and stories about an issue, that a lot of times his policies seem unclear.
That may be one of his stumbling blocks - his personal feeling perhaps shouldn't weigh so heavily in the equation. That's actually my biggest
problem with Bachmann, too. She handled the recent dustup over her "God said be submissive to your husband" comment poorly, in my opinion. Religion
is a fine thing for a person to have, and if they're happy with it, I'm all for it. The problem is, God is pretty much apolitical. He doesn't run
any particular country - he has a whole universe to look after, which must be a fairly busy job. Since God doesn't run countries, we have presidents
to handle that little detail.
Got a presidential decision to make? Don't bug God with it - he has another solar system to build or something. Just handle it.
Instead of coming up with that cockamamie "submission means respect" BS, she'd have been better served by saying "Nah. God runs universes and
stuff. I can handle the presidential decisions without bugging him about it." basically, in my mind what she failed to do was point out the glaring
difference between a personal, family decision and a public, government policy decision. That makes me wonder if she knows the difference, since she
failed to point it out in a hell of a hurry to any one asking, thus setting them straight. Instead, she chose to re-define a word to mean something
that it doesn't, which in turn causes me to question her communication skills.
If it hadn't been for that, I'd have been sorely tempted to vote for her, based solely upon the vehemence of the liberals and progressives' attacks
seeking to demonize her. If they fear her that much, she can't be all bad!
Right, but I think they could then contract a special ops team, that's privately funded for for such assymetric threats. Like SEAL team 6, but not
officially under the government. Not bound to military ROE's. I bet they'd be some scary f-ers, and maybe a good deterrent to attacking us. You know
there's some dudes that would be there in a heartbeat.
Now, you KNOW that hiring private military contractors to do that sort of work in lieu of the military would send all kinds of folks stratospherically
spastic, right? What those folks fail to realize, apparently, is that most of those contractors are former military themselves, and got the job to
begin with specifically because they are very good at what they do, and they gain employers by being expendable. No one likes mercenaries, so no one
really much cares if they get killed in the performance of their contracts. When the bodies get shipped home, there are no parades, no "poor little
Johnny died for his country". There's just the pay-to-date to settle with the next of kin, if the contract calls for even that.
Expendable, yet some folks would still get all sorts of ill tempered over it.
There really are some real life "Lear Jet SWAT teams" out there that could do the job, and do it well, and yes, they are SCARY folks. I'm not
talking Xe class mercs - those guys are cowboys by and large, because the hiring standards appear to have been relaxed at Xe, if there ever were any.
Of course, that could be sour grapes on my part - I don't like Eric Prince, or anything he stands for, so that may color my opinion somewhat. The
really good ones are absolutely NOT famous or limelight hogs. Being a cowboy and trying to stand in the spotlight are traits one doesn't commonly
think of with the phrase "the quiet professionals". Believe it or not, most employers don't want it to get out that they've hired mercenaries, so
hiring "famous" guys just doesn't happen in any but sweetheart contracts. Being famous works against mercenaries. Honest "fame" for getting the
job done doesn't usually happen until after you retire, or get killed.
Anyhow, I can't see Ron Paul hiring contractors, but I believe that would go a long way to getting the job done, despite the weak sisters who want to
scream and wring their hands over it. Look at the bright side, though - no more flag-draped coffins flying into military bases, no one able to
complain that his dad/brother/cousin/pool boy got killed "in service to his country". Folks just plain don't give a rats ass about mercenaries
unless they're looking for something to gripe about. A win all around. I just have doubts that Ron Paul would even consider it.
I would, though.