This is a funny anti-Ron Paul ad, because it shows why Ron Paul deserves our support in his bid for the presidency. Listen to what he is saying, and take a moment to understand what he means. He says Ron Paul:
- “is an isolationist“. That means he is a non-interventionist who opposes unconstitutional wars against nations that pose no threat to the U.S.
- “is a conspiracist“. That means he thinks people in government sometimes work together to plan to do illegal things, like lie to start wars, or put fear into people so they accept the shredding of the U.S. Constitution and loss of individual liberty, etc.
- “is hostile to our military“. That means, in addition to opposing the illegal wars, he is hostile to the military industrial complex. As for the military, Ron Paul gets more support from members of the armed services than any other candidate, precisely because of his stance against senseless aggression and opposition to sending our young men and women overseas to be killed, injured, or mentally scarred for life.
- “is hostile to Israel“. That means he wants to end all foreign “aid”, most of which is effectively a taxpayer subsidy to the military industrial complex and which supports regimes that commit human rights abuses, including the $3 billion annual military aid to Israel, which perpetually violates international law.
- “he denies that Iran is building nuclear weapons“. That means he is honest with Americans, unlike the rest of the lying warmongers, and tells them the truth, that there is no evidence Iran has a nuclear weapons program. He points out the war propaganda is just like the lies that precipitated the war on Iraq.
- “says it was a crime to kill Osama bin Laden“. That means he thinks if you want to capture or kill bad men, you should do it within the means of the law, not through extrajudicial killings by sending in military forces into foreign sovereign nations without their permission. He points out that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested lawfully by Pakistani authorities and turned over to the U.S. Other terrorists have been arrested and tried in court, such as the “Blind Sheikh” who was the spiritual leader of the cell that bombed the World Trade Center in 1993.
- “blames America for creating terrorism“. That means he acknowledges the fact that U.S. intervention overseas, including illegal wars of aggression, assassinations, overthrowing foreign governments, propping up of tyrannical regimes, etc., causes others to hate America and/or its foreign policies. He acknowledges the fact that, as the 9/11 Commission points out, Osama bin Laden targeted the U.S. because of its support for Israel, murderous sanctions against Iraq (half a million children died as a result), and the presence of its military on Saudi Arabian soil (bin Laden is a Saudi, and the country is home to the two most holy places in Islam, Mecca and Medina).
- “says we don’t know the truth about the 9/11 attacks because of a government cover up“. That means just what it says. Ron Paul is no conspiracy theorist. He thinks al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks. But he recognizes that the 9/11 Commission, like most government “investigations” in general, was basically a cover up. For example, it asserted that the question of who financed the attacks was “of little practical significance”. So the primary rule of criminal investigations, “follow the money”, was thrown out because it led to the wrong places–Pakistani intelligence, for example, and individuals who profited by purchasing an unusually large amount put options (bets that a stock would go down) in companies affected by the attacks, such as American Airlines, United Airlines, and companies with offices in the World Trade Center. Then there is the fact that the CIA was tracking two of the hijackers, known members of al Qaeda, knew at least one of them had a visa to enter the U.S., and yet did not follow standard protocol and willfully withheld that information from the FBI, the State Department, and the Department of Immigration. Etc. So, again, the trouble with Ron Paul here is that he is honest with the American people.
- “condemns our ally Israel for defending itself“. That means Ron Paul opposes any and all “preemptive”, or “preventive”, war, such as Israel’s massacre in Gaza from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, which followed a cease-fire with Hamas that was violated by Israel.
Finally, who is behind this ad? It ends, “THE EMERGENCY COMMITTEE FOR ISRAEL is responsible for the content of this advertisement.”
So if you want a president willing to pander to Israel and do what Israeli leaders like Benjamin Netanyahu think is in Israel’s best interest–hardly synonymous with what’s in America’s best interest–then, yeah, don’t vote for Ron Paul. But if you think our president should put America first, then there’s no one better than Ron Paul.