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Time & Place

The conversation in that debate, if you remember, surrounded the reasons behind 9/11. Taking about military donations at that particular time would have been grossly inappropriate in my opinion. There were some boos from members of the Tea Party, some say that it was Romney's crowd, but that remains to be seen.

The thing to remind ourselves about debating is that people will disagree with Ron. Even people who know very little themselves about the subject he speaks of. You'll be boo'ed about your view of foreign policy by people who have never read a single book about the subject. He won't win everyone over. A certain amount of that is to be expected. Some like to look at moments like this as an opportunity for Ron to teach and educate. Ron does this very well.

For many many years the people have been fed a healthy dose of the purity of American motives around the world, and where obstruction occurs they've been fed the notion that force can solve all problems. All the while being spoon fed the idea that militarism can destroy terrorism or dramatically deter it.

The boo birds have their right to express themselves just as Ron Paul has a right to express the sensibilities of a humble foreign policy. Have confidence in the message. There has never been a terrorist attack on Canadian or Australian soil that I know of - a freedom and security those countries enjoy due in large part to a reduced non-interventionist foreign policy.

But the idea of non-interventionalism is new, not new to America, but new in the sense that this message clashes with a psychologically insecure, politically definable, action oriented militancy. Peace is the new vibe and not everyone is on board just yet.

Ideas that once heard, take root and begin to change things. It changes slowly so have patience and understanding with the process. We could not serve up a kinder or gentler messenger for such an idea!

Just being 2 days removed from the 10 anniversary of 9/11 the topic was of course emotional & a notably re-lived with all of the tv imagery over the weekend.

People want to put an evil face to this. They want to believe that the US was cold-cocked. They have every right to believe that they were. But what many do not understand is that the *government* was the target of the attack of 9/11 not the people. "Symbolic elements of their government and their money"...or something to that effect, I need to pull out Chalmers Johnson's "Blowback" to retrieve the exact quote from Osama. The American people were collateral damage in the terrorist eyes.

Understand that this is a process. Ron knows that it is. We need to defeat terrorism, no doubt. Like many of you on this board I supported Ron voting for action in Afghanistan. And there is a time & place for everything.

But it's time to come home.


"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams