posted on Dec, 29 2011 @ 05:18 PM
Note, however, that Paul says *he* would not send the troops. One of the points he keeps making, again and again and again, is that the president
cannot declare war and cannot send troops. That job falls to Congress.
Though I must admit that that probably wasn't what Paul was saying when making that comment. If this stance surprises anyone, though, the surprised
parties clearly do not understand his international politics. Non-interventionism means non-interventionism. It is not for the federal government to
make moral judgments or to engage in any acts that control the people of the US beyond what is absolutely necessary to ensure relative safety and
security. Injustice happens on a massive scale every day around the world and, quite frankly, I agree that the federal government in general and the
president in particular do not have the right to decide what the people of the country do in response. Not until a coordinated defense is necessary.
Note that he does not say anything about preventing *individuals* from using their *individual rights* to be proactive and to make efforts to help.
So here's a question to young American men who could be drafted. Are you a weapon that the federal government can wield to combat injustice, even when
it has little or nothing to do with you? Or do you have the personal right to decide whether or not to offer your body, mind, time, health, etc. to
combat injustice in someone else's land?
I anticipate arguments based on the concept of "unity as a human species" and whatnot. I really do find it to be a charming idea. It would be
wonderful if we could all get along; if the human species could respond to injustice like an organism rejecting an infection, fighting it off in one
cohesive gesture. But I don't think that this should undermine personal autonomy. Any arguments will almost inevitably boil down to that point--do you
or do you not support the right of another person or group to violate your personal autonomy in order to combat an injustice?
I do not.
edit on 29-12-2011 by backwardluminary because: typo