Congressman Ron Paul lamented that he was a "stranger" in the Republican party during an after-debate interview yesterday because of his belief in limited government.
Paul agreed that the Republican party needed a jumpstart that could come from massive cuts in spending or even the abolition of big government programs. But, Paul argued, "You can't do it with the crop that's in there right now... They're all big government people."
Paul suggests that Republicans have adopted the foreign policy of the Democrats and violated the civil liberties of American people. He further decries the fact that Democrats are currently more conservative than Republicans in fiscal matters.
Congressman Paul refused to give promises to support the GOP's nominee unless such a candidate would "end the war and bring our troops home" as well as reduce excessive spending. "No I'm not going to support them if they continue down the path that is taking our party down the tubes."
"Why don't we run on George Bush's foreign policy of a humble foreign policy and no nation building and don't police the world. Then I'll support them," Paul declared.
Ron Paul scolded those in the debate who willingly accepted the idea of striking Iran from the air without the authorization of Congress.
"Why don't we just open up the Constitution and read it? You're not allowed to go to war without a declaration of war. Now, as far as fleeting enemies goes, yes-- if there's an imminent attack on us. We've never had that happen to us in 220 years. The idea that Iran could pose an imminent attack on the United States is preposterous. There's no way."
"This is just war propaganda preparing this nation to go to war and spread this war not only into Iraq but into Iran unconstitutionally. It is a road to disaster for us as a nation. It is the road to our financial disaster if we don't read the Constitution once in a while."
A number of candidates or pundits could be heard snickering as this sober warning and Giuliani later tried to negate Paul's notion of imminent attack by stating "I don't know where he was on 9/11." The war hawk even claimed that the United States has had 23 terrorist plots since 9/11-- though Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann both disputed this claim in a post-debate broadcast.
Ron Paul further argues that the United State's "world empire" currently costs "$1 trillion per year" and is part of the reason he would advocate reducing the amount of military stationed overseas in addition to bringing troops home from Iraq.
Ron Paul claims that 'out of control spending' alone has taken its toll on middle-class and lower-class people. According to Paul, average people can feel the recession even while rich Wall Street and Washington people are not yet susceptible to the effects of irresponsible fiscal policy.
The problem of massive spending is only worsened by the effects of inflation and a devalued dollar-- explaining the necessity of 'sound money' and a non-interventionist foreign policy.
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