With the GOP primary in full gear, Americans who are focused on the Constitution and individual liberty and responsibility should take a moment to reflect on what has happened so far. The choices for voters are not shaping up well. Choosing between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Barack Obama is like choosing between eating turnip greens, mustard greens or strychnine. Two can leave a bitter taste in your mouth, but one can kill you. Meanwhile, Congressman Ron Paul has been ignored by the national media and by voters in many states. Paul should taste like devil’s food cake to liberty loving Americans. What gives?
Even in light of the American nation-building failures of the last decade, GOP primary voters are put off by Congressman Paul’s anti-war positions. One wonders what they find so appealing about the failed exercises in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even Rush Limbaugh said this week that it’s time to get the hell out of Afghanistan.
A Pew Research Center poll has found that Americans are willing to use military force to end Iran’s nuclear program. In the GOP, 62% of voters believe the United States should help Israel attack Iran. The media has whipped Americans into an anti-Iran fury. There, however, is little proof to date of Iran’s intent to build nuclear weapons or its capability to do so.
A recent poll showed Congressman Paul leading president Obama in a nationwide race by 2 percent. Americans as a whole seem to be on board with a message of liberty and resistance to foreign wars. Likely pushing Paul over the top was one of the president’s former constituencies, Woodstock liberals. The antiwar message of the kids at Woodstock has followed them through adulthood into their retirement years. The Woodstock-baby boomers hate the military industrial complex and are piling into Ron Paul’s voter base. But those Woodstock liberals don’t vote in GOP primaries, so Congressman Paul is temporarily out of luck.
Americans elected both of their last two presidents on an antiwar message. Watch the two videos below for a reminder of what voters were looking for in 2000 and 2008. It wasn’t a new war.