"Ron Paul wants to bomb every country on Earth"Submitted by vincebodie on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 16:51
Okay people, wrap your minds around this one...
So I'm driving between LA and San Diego and I stop off in San Clemente for a coffee. This is in the southern tip of coastal Orange County, a hotbed of libertarian minded thought. As I'm pulling out of the parking lot of the coffee shop, I see a Toyota truck with a shell on it and surf racks, and plastered all over the back of it are bumper stickers like "Give me back my Constitution!", "Purple Heart Veteran", etc. Now if you read my post on the police you know that I carry AF2F, "Washington You're Fired, etc. DVDs with me for just such occasions...;-)
I pulled back into my parking spot and jumped out of my car (VW bus with Ron Paul stuff all over it) with the intent of putting the DVDs under the wipers or in the door jamb, but when I got close I realized that there people sitting inside; a man with a long gray beard and (probably) his wife or significant other. Before I could say a word, he belted out "Don't try to give those to me!" The rest of the conversation went something like this:
Me: "Well I saw your bumperstickers and I thought you might be interested in watching these..."
Him: "I will tell you, when I first heard Ron Paul speak, I must say I was interested. Then I heard about his opinions on the war."
Obviously he had seen my VW.
Me (inside my head): "Oh boy, hear comes the neocon brainwashing propagenda (thanks to Dave Von Kleist for that term)"
Me: (out loud): "Well don't you think it's about time we came home? After all, isn't our mission accomplished?"
Him: "Yes, it is. But I'm afraid of what Ron Paul would do if we elected him president."
Me: "Oh really. Tell me more."
Him: "Well, I have a friend who is very politically connected, and he tells me that most people misread what Ron Paul says about war."
Me: "But you realize that he is the only candidate running who says that we should only wage war in retaliation to being attacked?"
Him: "Yes, I do. But you have to understand what he means by 'being attacked'. I'm afraid that he would bomb every country on Earth."
So, in a nutshell (or in this instance, a nutcase), this guy tried to tell me that RP has a special definition of "being attacked" that might include being called names, sending irate messages across the ocean in bottles, etc., etc...
If anyone can find evidence of this "secret definition", please feel free to enlighten us!