Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ron Paul "America's last chance"

There can be not doubt that the United States is owned lock stock and barrel by the military-security complex, Wall Street and the Israel Lobby and while there has not yet been the descent into complete tyranny that is only a matter of time. Moreover, it isn't as if we couldn't have seen it coming.

Fifty one years ago, in his final speech from the White House, President Dwight Eisenhower appealed for the government to "guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex," while adding that "the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist." The advice was not heeded and while Paul Craig Roberts, might see the Republican candidate Ron Paul as being "America's last chance" we can at least suspect that even if this were true, it is a chance that will not be grasped.. Indeed, while Mr Craig's sentiments are noble, his appeal is a trifle naive. That is the least we might deduce from the news from today's 'Guardian'.

At the at the South Carolina Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach. Mr Paul summed up his stance and in doing so might have appeared to justify Mr Craig's faith in him.. He said:
 "My point is, if another country does to us what we do others, we're not going to like it very much. So I would say that maybe we ought to consider a golden rule in foreign policy. Don't do to other nations.what we don't want to have them do to us. So we endlessly bomb these countries and then we wonder, wonder why they get upset with us? And yet it continues on and on. I mean, this idea that we can't debate foreign policy, then all we have to do is start another war. I mean, it's warmongering. They're building up for another war against Iran, and people can't wait to get in another war. This country doesn't need another war. We need to quit the ones we're in. We need to save the money and bring our troops home." . Yes, the man  at least talks sense.  However, and unfortunately, as the 'Guardian' pointed out this is not what a Republican audience is used to hearing and the speech was met with boos.

Of course, we might go further and suggest that this is not only not what a Republican audience is used to hearing, it is not what it wants to hear and while the 'Guardian' might see Mr Paul as still doing well in the polls, the reality is that there is no way he is going to get his party's nomination. While I am on your side Mr Craig, considering Fox News's grilling of Mr Paul, the gung-ho jingoistic garbage spouted by Newt Gingrich and the boos of the party faithful, there is more than enough evidence to suggest that we are extremely unlikely to see Ron Paul running against the resident hypocrite and we are even more unlikely to see him become the president of the United States. There is no need to doubt that the odds are still on that complete descent into tyranny that so worried Mr Eisenhower fifty one years ago. 

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