Ron Paul Slams “Warmonger” Obama
Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas opined Monday that his “unwavering opposition” to war could help him beat President Barack Obama in a national election, Raw Story reports. The libertarian lawmaker appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and said “the reality is it would be very, very difficult” to defeat the President, “but if you look at the polls… my appeal to independents and a lot of progressive Democrats who are sick and tired of Obama for opting out of cutting back on some of this militarism.”
“He’s a warmonger,” Paul flat-out declared. “He’s expanding the war.” Paul expounded on the difference between defense spending and expenditures for militarism. “I think the problem we have is with the semantics,” he explained on Morning Joe. “They have conditioned us all to use the word defense spending. Who wants to cut defense? I don’t want to cut defense. I want a stronger defense. I want us to cut the militarism, the interventionism, the stuff that hurts us, that makes us more vulnerable. If we separate defense from militarism, maybe more people would be willing to accept it. Who wants to be on record who says I just voted against the defense budget. I think it’s a perception and a semantics problem that we have to try to reeducate the people to understand what we’re talking about.”
Paul, who was showered with applause at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week for attacking the freshly extended Patriot Act, US foreign aid and overseas military bases, also won CPAC’s vaunted straw poll for the second straight year. Around 4,000 people cast ballots in what is billed as a popularity contest for candidates going into next year’s presidential race.
Paul’s refreshing anti-war, anti-imperialist stance has caught the attention of many on both ends of the political spectrum. The 11-term Congressman has forged an alliance with progressives like Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). On the other hand, he’s incurred the wrath of the reactionary right, with arch-conservative group Young Americans for Greedom (YAF) booting him from their national advisory board over his “delusional and disturbing alliance with the fringe anti-war movement.”
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