Open Letter to Dr. Ron Paul, Part 3Submitted by Anti-Stupid on Tue, 07/03/2007 - 13:59
Hello again Dr. Paul,
I would like to make a few comments on the political intervention against Iraq. Calling it a war is a play on words as no war was ever declared by an act of Congress. This was nothing less than an unconscionable shirking of responsibility by our legislative branch of government by giving powers to the executive branch to destroy a sovereign nation based on lies and misdirection. Hundreds of thousands of lives lost; many hundreds of thousand more severely injured. Putting our best and finest young men and women in harms way for the benefit of those in power is a disgrace of the highest magnitude.
I have been reading your book â€œA foreign Policy of Freedomâ€. Quite frankly it is a difficult read, not because it is not clearly written; it is very clear. Not because you were not right, you were and always have been right. It is difficult to read because it clearly points out how so many of our country's leaders acted with such shameful disregard for the truth and common sense that you so eloquently presented to them. Itâ€™s sad to realize that you could take any of your speeches from as far back as 25 years ago and repeat them today. Nothing has changed and the cost to the American people is enormous!
Any presidential candidate who claims that â€œhad I only known then what I know now I would have voted against the warâ€ are either shameful hypocrites or totally naive and should not be allowed to lead this country into more of the same. The truth was there for them to see but they chose to ignore it.
You have stated many times most of the reasons why we invade and interfere with other nations (our foreign intervention policies); from the warfare state that benefits big government and big defense companies; to Iraq threatening to change the US dollar to the Euro as the official money for trading their oil; threatening the Federal Reserve bankerâ€™s sham of our US fiat dollar. We went from our own gold standard to an oil standard, only most of the oil isnâ€™t ours.
All of these reasons should now be obvious to any thinking American. There must be something weâ€™re missing! How can it be that rank and file politicians ignored their responsibilities to stand up with you to stop this insanity? How can it be that the majority of Americans were in favor of attacking Iraq? Why do we allow the power elite to do terrible things in our name.
Iâ€™m afraid my answer may possibly meet with some hostility by many of your readers, but I canâ€™t help myself. It must be said!
If I were to say to you that the followers of Islam believe it is their duty, their obligation, to spread the word of Allah throughout the world; that believers will receive a great reward in the next life; that non-believers must convert to Allah or be forever damned, what would your reaction be?
If I said to you that the followers of Christianity believe that it is their duty, their obligation, to spread the word of Jesus Christ throughout the world; that believers will receive a great reward in the next life; that non-believers must convert to Jesus Christ or be forever damned, would your reaction be any different?
I believe the answer to why such complacency permeates our political and social attitudes lies in a belief in a perceived responsibility to persuade others to our own religious beliefs. â€œIf they donâ€™t believe as we believe, they must be evil. Whatever happens to them, they probably deserve it.â€ If the American people are honest with themselves, I believe many would have to admit that this idea did seep into their thoughts at one point or another. Iâ€™m sad to say it crossed my mind a few times!
Finally the American people are â€œwaking upâ€. This awakening is NOT being led by our political and religious leaders. It is being led by the American people. It is the basic goodness and sense of fairness that, â€œWe the Peopleâ€ have always stood for, finally coming forward.
Dr Paul I accept the fact that if you were not a Christian, the probability of you being elected as our President would be next to zero. But Iâ€™m not voting for you because you are a Christian; I am voting for you because you represent the true nature of the American people. You represent the best of our innate goodness; morality, honesty, courage and intelligence.
I hope you have a chance to consider my comments and opinions. As always, I wish you well.