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Jon Stewart Interviews EJ Dionne...Conflicting Impulses within Conservative Movement

Great perceptive interview...RP gets a mention...
"In this exclusive, unedited interview, E.J. Dionne parses the conflicting impulses within the conservative movement, and traces this tension back to the country's founding."

Jon Stewart interview E J Dionne

Perhaps this will provoke some healthy discussion.


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dumb as hell. dont know why i

dumb as hell. dont know why i even watched it.

f___ all forms of govt.

Am I the only one?

Am I the only one that can't get sound from any videos from comedy central? It's really frustrating

Federal budget - Unrelated to war, per se,

(I'm neither defending our current involvements nor rate of spending), but when the issue of the defense budget came up vis a vis the FEDERAL budget, I think it's relevant to note that the founders considered national security (not federal welfare programs, education, healthcare, etc.) the FEDERAL government's primary responsibility. I once bought a pie from a company that had on the box a "pie chart" of federal spending, deploring America's misguided priorities that we spent so little on education vs. the military - disingenuous for three reasons: education is a state, not federal, responsibility (technically, federal spending should be "0"); education spending is the total of local, state, and federal spending (most of which is local); except for Switzerland, we pay more per pupil than any other industrialized nation (while at the bottom of the barrel in achievement - spending isn't the issue). Regardless of valid ways to decrease federal spending, I'd expect that national defense would appropriately remain the federal govt's greatest expenditure.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir


That spending is going to overseas operations instead of taking care of our homeland's security, such as the borders. We are supporting other countries with weapons and technology for their internal fighting and disputes with their neighbors. Not OUR problem. All those military personnel are spending their paychecks in other countries and bolstering their economies. We need to bring them...and their economic support...back to the US where it belongs.

I agree with you 100%

Why are you taking exception to what I wrote? I believe we need to change our defense strategy to building a strong defense at home and adopting a non-interventionist policy abroad - what would result in a net savings, i.e., a reduction in federal spending; secondly, we need to divest the federal govt of certain roles and power it has garnered for itself, returning rights and responsibilities to the states and people - what would also result in a reduction in federal spending.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you misunderstood my point, which regarded the legitimate responsibilities of the federal govt (as per the Constitution), of which national defense is not only one, but the primary, responsibility. Accordingly, one would expect spending on national defense to be "the biggest piece of the (federal budget) pie." I thought that what Dionne said could lead one to erroneously believe (as many do!) that Ron Paul is "weak on defense," when it's not the case. What I've said is not out of line with Ron Paul's own policy statement. http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/national-defense/

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Dionne fails to grasp the difference between voluntary societal

organizations and those imposed by government at the point of a gun.

If he understood the difference, he might see why a person could support the former and oppose the latter.

Yeah the guy is an idiot.. a

Yeah the guy is an idiot.. a liberal moron... I can't even listen to this..

Why is this posted here?

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

Reply to Brian

It's posted because, at least in my opinion, that the Daily Paul does not discriminate against content or opinions that are presented with tact. I would urge a Tom Woods approach to every subject, analyze the content and compose a tasteful rebuttal with facts and credible sources.