What If…

“What if our foreign policy of the past century is deeply flawed and has not served our national security interests?

“What if we wake up one day and realize that the terrorist threat is the predictable consequence of our meddling in the affairs of others, and has nothing to do with us being free and prosperous?

“What if propping up repressive regimes in the Middle East endangers both the United States and Israel?

“What if occupying countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and bombing Pakistan, is directly related to the hatred directed toward us?

“What if someday it dawns on us that losing over 5,000 American military personnel in the Middle East since 9/11 is not a fair tradeoff for the loss of nearly 3,000 American citizens no matter how many Iraqi, Pakistani, or Afghan people are killed or displaced?

“What if we finally decide that torture, even if called “enhanced interrogation technique,” is self-destructive and produces no useful information, and that contracting it out to a third world nation is just as evil?

“What if it is finally realized that war and military spending is always destructive to the economy?

“What if all wartime spending is paid for through the deceitful and evil process of inflating and borrowing?

“What if we finally see that wartime conditions always undermine personal liberty?

“What if Conservatives who preach small government wake up and realize that our interventionist foreign policy provides the greatest incentive to expand the government?

“What if Conservatives understood once again that their only logical position is to reject military intervention and managing an empire throughout the world?

“What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests?

“What if we as a nation came to realize that the quest for empire eventually destroys all great nations?

“What if Obama has no intention of leaving Iraq?

“What if a military draft is being planned for the wars that would spread if our foreign policy is not changed?

“What if the American people learned the truth: that our foreign policy has nothing to do with national security, that it never changes from one administration to the next?

“What if war and preparation for war is a racket serving the special interests?

“What if President Obama is completely wrong about Afghanistan and it turns out worse than Iraq and Vietnam put together?

“What if Christianity actually teaches peace and not preventive wars of aggression?

“What if diplomacy is found to be superior to bombs and bribes in protecting America?

“What happens if my concerns are completely unfounded? Nothing.

“But what happens if my concerns are justified and ignored? Nothing good.”

-Ron Paul (2/13/2009)

Gary Johnson

As some may know by now, I am a libertarian (though I am not officially part of the Libertarian Party because of long-standing personal principles that require my continued independence). Last night I made the short trip over to Duke University and had the great pleasure of hearing Gary Johnson speak at a seminar addressing ignored policy issues. Though my heart is still with Dr. Paul, he has more than earned his retirement and I respect his decision. Since, Gary Johnson has really stepped up as a potential new leader of the Liberty Movement. His background speaks for itself and he is carrying on with a platform very similar to Dr. Paul’s.

Johnson followed up behind four other great speakers (including Barbara Howe, the Libertarian Party candidate for North Carolina Governor) who spoke on everything from marijuana legalization to non-interventionism to freedom of speech. (While I don’t personally condone marijuana, I can’t find any reasonable argument against the Libertarian stance, mainly because it actually uses portions of my own principles.) Now, Johnson has had my support since Dr. Paul’s own party buried him with every dirty, unconscionable trick they could muster, but he really earned my praise tonight as he said nearly word for word what I’ve been railing about for years:

“We’re on a forty university and campus tour: I’m doing twenty, Judge Jim Gray is doing twenty. Why are we out talking to college students? Why are we out talking to young people? Because you all are getting screwed. I’m going to retire, I’m going to have healthcare, but you have to work and you will never retire and you’re not going to have healthcare, because there is no paying this off – none whatsoever. And then President Obama’s healthcare plan…let’s see, that’s a plan that’s dependent on healthy people having to pay for insurance for those who aren’t so healthy. That’s a burden that falls on young people who are healthy. You’re graduating from college with a home mortgage without a home… And then the worst of all: you all are the ones that are going overseas, you all are the ones putting your lives on the line, you all are the ones that are dying for all of this or you’re coming back hurt in ways that we are going to have to care for you for the rest of your lives – we have that obligation and we need to meet that obligation.”

Watch the entire speech:

Thank you, Gary Johnson. You have my vote.

Learn more about Gary Johnson: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com