Ron Paul Booted from Conservative Group over Anti-War Views
US Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), a conservative-libertarian icon and former Presidential candidate, has been booted from the national advisory board of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), a rabidly reactionary conservative group, over his recent anti-war, anti-imperialist alliance with progressives. YAF cited Paul’s “delusional and disturbing alliance with the fringe anti-war movement” as justification for its action.
“It is a sad day in American history when a one-time conservative-libertarian stalwart has fallen more out of touch with America’s needs for national security than the current feeble and appeasing administration,” Raw Story quotes YAF senior national director Jordan Marks as saying. “Rep. Paul’s refusal to support our nation’s military and national security interests border on treason, aside from his failure to uphold his oath to the United States Constitution and defend our country and citizens against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
YAF’s expulsion of Paul comes just four days after his supporters heckled former Vice President Dick Cheney at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), calling him a “war criminal” and demanding “where’s bin Laden?” Raw Story reports that Paul drew “thunderous applause” when he attacked the Constitution-shredding Patriot Act, US foreign aid and the more than one thousand overseas US military bases during his CPAC speech.
But Paul’s reasonable opinions are anathema to YAF’s knee-jerk patriotism. Witness YAF national chairman Michael Jones’ supernatural, paternalistic and predictably ignorant world-view: “The United States is the world’s leader– a beacon of light for the wretched and the oppressed. God has blessed the United States with liberty and the strength and heart to spread that liberty to all of his children.” Jones ridiculously added that “Rep. Paul has abandoned this mission, abandoned the United States’ citizens, and abandoned the citizens of the world in their quest for god-given natural rights.”
Something tells me Ron Paul isn’t losing any sleep over his unceremonious ouster from such an irrelevant group. For the second year in a row, he won CPAC’s vaunted straw poll and was quite dismissive of Young Americans for Freedom. “I hadn’t heard of YAF doing anything in years,” the ever-popular Paul commented. “I thought they were defunct.”