reply to post by 3chainz
I doubt that someone who has a rapper for an avatar will calmly and patiently listen to my rationale. Care to prove me wrong?
Yes, my political beliefs lean towards the 'libertarian' angle. However, my political beliefs are not some 'tabula rasa' which I just form without
reference to external reality.
I like Ron Paul's domestic policy, while I hate his foreign policy. His foreign policy is simply not rational. How can you prefer an insular society
when there exists a very real threat to not just American liberty, but the very concept of liberty, in Islamism?
Have you read anything on Islamism i.e political Islam? There's a proclivity of many posters here - those who get their political information through
other propaganda outlets like Alex Jones, Mike Riveiro, etc to seriously understate the severity of the Islamist threat; some don't even acknowledge
it, which is astounding in itself.
Fact is, as long as a verifiable external enemy to our civilization continues to exist i.e. Islamism, we need a form of government that will address
that threat. This is a basic political axiom that most students of political science accept.
Ron Paul, and his cadres, for some reason, think Americans can remain protected from this threat if we just mind our business. Watch this
Muslim Brotherhood in America
. Before you claim "it's propaganda". Watch it. 10 lectures. Also read
Robert Muellers "Closing of the Muslim mind: How intellectual suicide created the modern Islamist crisis". Because in order to appreciate the gravity
of the Islamist threat, you have to first learn something about Islam itself. What it's core metaphysical and theological tenets are; why science
never developed under Islam, and why? These are enduring issues which underpin much of the "hoopla" people are making over Islamism.
It should be noted, it's not Muslims that worry me, but Islamists. Most westernized Muslims reject Shari'a, or at least the political parts of it,
parts which form the basis for Islamic jurisprudence in most Muslim countries. Nevertheless, there really does exist a conspiracy amongst Islamists
(Muslim Brother affiliated organizations) to insinuate Islam into western societies and cultures.
So, should we not educate ourselves and act according to our knowledge? Or should we be flippant towards this issue because other issues ail us? In my
mind, you have to compare the two issues to figure out which is more pressing, and thus, which should take priority. I don't like federal reserve
system, or the IRS. However, I see the need to have a government in place which will counteract the nefarious agenda of Islamists. Because this is a
'geo-political situation' i.e. it is an issue beyond the borders of the nation I live in, fixing problems in my own nation (the solution proffered by
Paul) will not immunize us from the encroachments of Islamism. It just ignores it, allowing it to grow to a point in which we can no longer make
effective use of the state to protect ourselves. Now, after the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has been elected, it should be even more apparent how much
more serious Islamism has become; they are no longer functioning outside government. They are IN government now.
I like Ron Paul. However, I think it wisest to fashion my political positions vis a vis a context larger than the domestic issues which face
Americans. The geopolitical situation makes his brand of governance untenable.
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