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Blinded by the Left: How Marxists Wrote Ron Paul’s Defense Cuts Plan

Submitted by on January 8, 2012 – 3:55 pm EST56 Comments

While many conservatives admire Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul’s principled economic and constitutional views, they are often bamboozled, even appalled, by the Texan’s defense and foreign policy ideas.

Ron Paul

It seems, that when it comes to defense, Ron Paul is stuck in 1776. He seems not to realize that America’s enemies, real or potential, Russia and China, and Iran chief among them, have a very long reach. The continental US is only partially protected by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The enemy can now attack the American homeland with ICBMs, biological weapons, cyber warfare, dirty bombs smuggled across the Mexican border – any number of deadly methods of mass destruction.

Just as frontier forts had outposts to warn of Indian attack, the US needs people all over the world to protect not just her friends and allies, but the American homeland itself.

Why then does Ron Paul, a man so rational in many areas, have such a blind spot when it comes to US national security?

In my opinion, Ron Paul’s justified distrust of the growth of government power in many unconstitutional areas has irrationally succumbed to an antipathy towards federal government activity in one of its few legitimate areas – national defense.

Further, Ron Paul’s libertarian suspicion of big government defense spending, has been deliberately fostered and encouraged by the most anti-libertarian elements in the land – the US hard left.

Ron Paul and many Libertarians think they can work with Marxists to achieve libertarian ends.

The hard bitten Leninists and disciplined Marxists of the left know they can use naive Libertarians to achieve their ends – particularly to gut America’s defenses, to the benefit of their foreign masters.

In short, the US left is using Ron Paul and other Libertarians, to do what their armies and intelligence services have long dreamed of – destroy America’s military superiority and with it, US national sovereignty.

By promoting the left’s defense policies, Ron Paul, a man of patriotism beyond question, could be unknowingly betraying his own country to its enemies.

The degree to which Ron Paul buys into leftist anti-defense views was well illustrated in 2010.

That year, The Sustainable Defense Task Force was formed in response to a request from far left Massachusetts Democratic Representative Barney Frank, Ron Paul and Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, to “explore possible defense budget contributions to deficit reduction efforts that would not compromise the essential security of the United States.”

What did the much heralded report recommend?

The Task Force’s proposals included cutting nuclear deterrence, reducing the fleet by 57 ships, including two carriers, canceling the Joint Strike Fighter, “severely curtail[ing] missile defense” (a direct quote from the report), retiring four Marine battalions, reducing the military by 200,000 personnel, cutting defense research spending by 50 billion over ten years and increasing health care fees for military personnel.

Daniel Greenfield of the excellent Sultan Knish blog, points out that many of the groups contributing to the report were funded by the notorious leftist billionaire, George Soros.

But Soros was not the only sinister influence here. Several report contributors had direct ties to the Marxists of Democratic Socialists of America and indirect ties to the Communist Party USA . Members of both organizations have been convicted of spying for hostile foreign powers. Both have ties to radical regimes such as Cuba and Venezuela. Both want to overturn US capitalism and replace it with Marxist socialism.

Other contributors have ties to the ultra-leftist Institute for Policy Studies, once described by British analyst Brian Crozier, as the “perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB.”

Another associated with the Council for a Livable World – America’s oldest and best funded ‘peace” Political Action Committee. The Council was founded in 1962 by Hungarian expatriate Leo Szilard, a former Manhattan Project physicist, a Marxist and a reported Soviet spy. Council for a Livable World has helped finance hundreds of pro-”peace” leftists into office, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Sustainable Defense Task Force initiators Barney Frank and Ron Wyden.

Barack Obama in 1994, with Council for a Livable World chairman, and Democratic Socialists of America affiliate , Jerome Grossman

On February 4, 2010, the Council for a Livable World announced that David Bonior would become the next chair of PeacePAC, the organization’s arm that endorses candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. At the time, Bonior commented:

“I am honored to be selected as the next chairman of PeacePAC. I look forward to working with the experts on the committee’s Board of Directors to endorse and help elect strong, progressive candidates in the 2010 elections.

A former Democratic Party Whip, Bonior has, since 2007, been an open member of Democratic Socialists of America.

The Project on Defense Alternatives coordinated the work of the Task Force. Carl Conetta drafted the main body of the Task Force report in ongoing consultation with Task Force members who “developed or digested proposals from the diverse sources cited in the report.” A sub-committee of the Task Force reviewed the final draft before publication. Conetta was assisted in overseeing the report by his Project on Defense Alternatives co-director and fellow Task Force member Charles Knight – a long time member of Democratic Socialists of America.

D.S.A. member, and report author Charles Knight

Knight wrote an article for Boston Democratic Socialists of America’s The Yankee Radical of October 2001, entitled “Defense Budget Blues”:

It is important to note that George Bush has now fully joined the ranks of wartime Keynesians. He has a majority coalition with Democrats to spend the country out of the recession it is now entering. In the short term the left in this country cannot hope to advance a better option. We must instead focus on deepening our analysis and story of this time in history so that when our country tires of vengeful war and its repercussions we have done the groundwork to lead the country in a different direction.

Part of that story should be that 90+% of military investments have nothing to do with countering terrorism or with defending our homeland and that if we desire not to be a target of terrorist hate in the future we need to change our country’s stance in the world.

The economic self-interest of contractors is an important fact of the political economy, but the central impetus for high military budgets comes from the utility of military power to US elites in their efforts to enhance their position of dominance across the globe. We are seeing that power in action now.

Nevertheless, I believe that the majority of Americans do not share that interest in dominance with conservative elites. We must learn to provide a viable security option for this majority of Americans.

Connetta and Knight’s organization is the lead project of the Boston based Commonwealth Institute.

Interestingly, four of the Institute’s seven board members have been identified members of Democratic Socialists of America – Charles Knight, Richard Healey, Guy Molyneux and Cynthia Ward. A fifth, S. M. Miller, has at least been a long time D.S.A. affiliate. Richard Healey is the son of the famous, late California communist Dorothy Healey and is a former staffer with the Institute for Policy Studies. Healey also serves on the board of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which is run by the sons of executed Soviet “atom bomb spies,” Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

One notable former board member of the Project on Defense Alternatives was Dr. Philip Morrison, Professor, Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who died in April 2005. Morrison had been a Communist Party member, a Manhattan Project scientist and was suspected of being a Soviet spy – code names: “Relay” or “Serb.”

Other Taskforce members also had known radical associations:

William D. Hartung: Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, a leftist “think tank” headed by Steve Coll, a former Occidental College contemporary of Barack Obama’s. Hartung also serves on the Advisory Committee , of Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Christopher Hellman: National Priorities Project, which is a partner organization of the Institute for Policy Studies. The N.P.P. “analyzes and clarifies federal data” so that people can understand and influence how their tax dollars are spent. Board members include Jen Kern, of the D.S.A. front American Rights at Work, who previously worked in the ACORN national office, “providing research support for local ACORN organizers nationwide on issues from insurance and banking discrimination to jobs, education and minimum wage,” two Task Force members – Paul Kawika Martin and Miriam Pemberton, an Albany New York academic Lawrence Wittner, a member of Democratic Socialists of America and Connecticut academic Vijay Prashad, a long time affiliate of the Communist Party USA.

Heather Hulburt: National Security Network and a senior adviser with leftist New York “think tank” Demos, also a partner organization of the Institute for Policy Studies. Incidentally, both Barack Obama and his former communist “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones, are former Demos Trustees, while Demos CEO Miles Rapoport has a long history with D.S.A.

Judith LeBlanc with Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat, 2002

Paul Kawika Martin: Political & Communications Director with Peace Action, the US’ largest “peace” umbrella group. Peace Action was formerly known as the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, a well documented communist front. Mr. Martin “uses his expertise on nuclear weapons, international relations and US foreign policy to mobilize Peace Action’s 100,000 members and lobby Congress for social change.” His recent travels include trips to Cuba and Iran. Martin also works very closely with Judith LeBlanc, who is Peace Action’s national field organizer. LeBlanc is a vice-chair of the Communist Party USA and chairs it’s Peace and Solidarity Commission, the body charged with directing the US “peace movement” and liaising with foreign communist and terrorist organizations. Most recently, LeBlanc was organizing Peace Action activist to lobby the Senate “Committee of 12″ to institute massive defense spending cuts.

Laicie Olson: Senior policy analyst Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and board member of Council for a Livable World.

Miriam Pemberton: Institute for Policy Studies and the peace and security editor for Foreign Policy in Focus. Pemberton leads a group that produces the annual “Unified Security Budget for the United States.” Other recent publications include, “The Budgets Compared: Military vs. Climate Security.” She has authored two reports comparing the budgets for military and climate security in FY2009 and FY2010 and with William Hartung published “Lessons From Iraq: Avoiding the Next War.”

Prasannan Parathasarathi: Founder of the 25% Solution, which is “building a citizen movement for cuts in the Pentagon budget.” Parathasarathi is married to fellow Boston College academic and long time Democratic Socialists of America member, Juliet Schor. Incidentally Schor was one of several D.S.A. and Institute for Policy Studies leaders who set up the radical New Party in the early 1990s. One of their most well known and successful members was Barack Obama. The Coalition for Peace Action‘s 32nd Annual Conference for Peace was held on November 13, 2011 at Princeton University. The Conference was entitled “Smart Security: Reducing Military Spending to Fund Urgent Needs at Home.” The event featured talks from Dr. Prasannan Parthasarathi and Judith LeBlanc of the Communist Party, who “encouraged the audience to be hopeful about our political progress and to be involved with the current Occupy movements around the country.”

Prasannan Parthasarathi , left, Judith Leblanc, center

Clearly Ron Paul and Barney Frank’s Sustainable Defense Task Force was totally dominated by the hard left – people with an interest in transforming America through socialist revolution.

How did Ron Paul get sucked into this leftist scam? Did he not care who wrote his country’s defense policies? Did he not do “due diligence” on the people he entrusted with such a huge responsibility?

Either Ron Paul was extremely negligent in checking the bona fides of those he entrusted with such a vital responsibility or he just didn’t care that anti-American Marxists were involved.

I think Ron Paul was probably negligent. He was so blinded by his own prejudices, that he was willing to do a deal with the devil to get publicity for his cause.

That a serious contender for the presidency of the United States could be so careless over such a vital issue speaks volumes about his judgment.

Ron Paul may have been blinded by the left, but he is guilty of at least partially closing his eyes of his own accord. Candidate Paul should publicly admit his error and vow never to repeat it, or he should leave the presidential race and return to Congress.

Ron Paul is the best there is on financial and economic matters. That is the field where he can best serve his country and the cause of liberty.

Unfortunately, he clearly doesn’t have the understanding of defense issues required of a man who aspires to the highest office in the free world.

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  • The REAL tea party says:

    Disgusting smear tactics.

    Who cares? The majority of the American public want constitutional government and to get out of other country’s business.

    Never thought I’d see TRevor turn against patriots in the USA.

    • B. Hill says:

      @ Real Tea, I don’t think, in opinion, that Trevor has turned against the American public as to a Constitutional government.

      I agree, only in part with much of Ron Paul’s ideas to get out of other countries by closing military bases around the world. Are there some bases that would be better left alone because they give U.S. forces a better strategic advantage if something should occur in those countries that could affect our homeland?

      Paul does not address this possible situation so it scares a lot of people, including me when he goes on a rant to eliminate all the bases and bring the troops home. In a sense Paul is throwing out the baby with the bath water. Sure, we could save the expense, but at “what” expense of our nations security?

      Iran is a great threat I believe and most Americans have heard sound bites and have read where Iran’s leader wants to eliminate the Jews in Israel by wiping them off the map. I take Ahmadinejad’s threats very seriously. He is a loose nut for saying what he does so openly, but he says what he feels.

      Ron Paul does not take this threat, seriously and that could be a fatal mistake for America. What should be do? We who believe that something could happen wait excitedly for some presidential candidate to calm our fears. Paul says America should get out of other countries and stop interfering with their affairs. OK, I believe we should do that, but that does not mean being disconnected from what is going on around the world does it?

      If a country feels it is in their better interest to dominate the United States, IT WILL! Japan did it in the 40′s and Germany did also. If Russia felt they could dominate the U.S. I believe they also would take the opportunity.

      So, where does Ron Paul stand on what I just wrote? He does not think there is any problem. I believe He is naive and if he becomes president, he will put a bulls eye on our country for future attacks by those countries who think they can over take the United States. We can’t afford history to repeat itself here folks. It could be the end of civilization as we know it.

      Ron Paul does not speak about a strong and viable military for America. This scares many people in America. He would have gotten a better turn out of voters if he had had a more balanced approach to our foreign policies, but he wants to go in and eradicate everything, bringing the troops home from everywhere and we will live in the United States with peace and prosperity and live happily ever after. This is not being realistic!

      This fact that Paul does not want to defend Israel if they were attacked is just non-sense. Israel is really our only ally. Besides, scripture (bible) says that if anyone turns on Israel, He will turn on them. Christian Evangelicals know this to be the truth and do not support Paul’s policy.

      Of course, the United States should not keep running around the world trying to put out all the fires between two countries. Yes, we need to mind our own business says Paul. I agree with him here!

    • Bill says:

      I agree with all who see Trevor as a turncoat. Has he ever read the Constitution? At least most of us are not sheep so we see where he has become misguided. I am not a Paul zombie, but I realize he is the only candidate running on a strict constitutionalist platform…Trever you have been sucked in by the “DECEPTICONS”

    • Larry Johnstone says:

      Trevor has mis-read Ron Paul badly
      First off this task force was limited to making suggestions in where money could be cut, had no power to cut anything.
      Their report was given to all 435 members of Congress to decide if there were any recommendations worth following.
      RP is just one man with one vote and he has voted against interventionist war since day one, so its hardly condemning in finding he was open to hearing about what others suggested could be cut.

      Just silly to read into this more than is right there in the record.
      Evidently Congress did not take any of the recommendations anyway as spending has climbed each year since this task force.

    • Sam says:

      Well REAL tea party…….then you are not the tea party….just another Ron Paul Zombi

    • Sadly, no necessary changes are going to take place in U.S. Politics, such as prohibiting big corporate money being used in election campaigns; and U.S. Tax Code reform that eliminates the U.S. elites not paying their fair proportionate share of taxes, until blood is shed. A lot of it unfortunately.
      The Occupy Movement is a noble cause for true patriots and a good starting point. However, the elites do not and will not abide by the spirit of the U.S. Constitution.
      The goon squads you see on display, in military-style regalia, are not there to uphold The Constitution. They are there to protect the assets, and lifestyle of the elite one per cent (1%).
      The situation is as simplistic as that. Look at the obvious. It is in plain view.

      01/25/2012
      James Madison, IV

  • Trevor says:

    Are you in complete denial here TRTP? R any of my facts wrong? Do you think its OK for a serious contender for the US presidency to promote Marxist anti defense policies clearly designed to weaken the US?

    I love Ron paul’s financial and constitutional stances, have for nearly 30 years. have promoted him here many times.

    However if he is going to let enemies of your country write his defense policies, he is not fit for the office period! i dont smear TRTP. i tell the truth as i see it and take the consequences.

    I work on a simple rule.

    If i tell a falsehood and someone gets upset, i have a problem.

    If i tell the truth, and someone gets upset, they have a problem.

    Get my drift?

    • flyover says:

      Thank you
      Could you document any proof that Paul helped appoint members to this task force?
      Do we have any comments he made regarding the task force and its findings?

      Thank you for your continued service to the USA. I share your website as often as I can.

    • Larry Johnstone says:

      Yes sir, you have read into this subject way more than is there.
      RP’s record is made available, and it’s a record of defending the constitution, not politics.

      This is the most comprehensive mass of information on any candidate because RP is open with all he does, unlike all the others.

      http://www.issues2000.org/tx/Ron_Paul.htm

      • flyover says:

        Are we to believe it is just coincidence that the task force was full of Soros connections and Paul’s ad’s are using information from CREW…a knows Soros entity?

        I am aware of the Paul delegate strategy and the rabid support he is getting from the left wing of the democrat party.

        The only question is will they vote for him and embrace the complete liberty package, or are they using him for yet another marxist ploy….the ends justify the means you know.

    • American Lady says:

      Sir, I believe you are wrong about Ron Paul. He is not against defending America, he is against the Military Industrial Complex. And their getting the millions of dollars. Not the DOD. The Department of Defense will still be around, heavily I would say. He wants to save America, and defend all borders of it. He warned of all that has happened back in ’02, and it has come to pass. I believe he truly loves America and its people, and will do, with all his might of the office, defend it.

  • Politicalpony says:

    Here’s the deal, I’m not going to bother to read this entire article. I don’t need but to read the headline and the first few paragraphs to understand where this author comes from. Lets start with an idea. Lets say that you have someone that you don’t always agree with. Lets say Republicans and Democrats. Or any other political party. Isn’t it true that human nature will have something to offer to rivals that they can agree on? I discovered only tonight that there is a small part of the OWS group that actually know, understands and believes in the US Constitution. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing on the radio so I looked up the website. Sure enough, it was true. Anyways, who cares who help who with what. As long as the procedure and outcome is correct what difference does it make if it was a socialist, communist or who ever with any given conservative or constitutionalist. Just so long as the outcome is correct!

    Now as for this nonsense about its a new age, modern day, technology and the world is smaller and everyone is more vulnerable with all the missiles. It’s a BS argument to keep the fear in the people. Oh I’m sure the author of this piece buys into it hook line and sinker! And so that’s why maybe he shouldn’t be writing opinion pieces. Maybe no one should be writing opinion pieces. Maybe everyone should stick to facts and true knowledge.

    Which brings me to the next subject that I have already hinted to. The Constitution. The Constitution was written on the basis of how man thinks. How he thinks about others and how he interacts. In other words “Human Nature”. Oh yes, I agree that we live in a time when missiles can fly for thousands of miles at break neck speeds and in 27 minutes make it from Moscow to Washington. But man has not changed. Man will always love, hate, fight wars, make peace be greedy and be giving. Man will always be cold in the winter and warm in the summer. Fear strikes him and calmness as well.

    The Tea Party and other “so called conservatives” claim that they want to get back to the Constitution. They accuse the Left “Progressives” to use want they want from it and disregard the rest. Well the Neo-con’s are doing the very same thing when it comes to the subject of war and the safety of our country. They mis-construed the stand that Ron Paul makes when he speaks of defense and engagement of our enemies. More people should listen to what the man says rather than to go on hear say or some short bit or clip on a video. Or when he speaks in a debate and gets cut short for time restraints. But then, if you knew and understood your Constitution, maybe you wouldn’t need to pay such close attention to Ron Paul or any other candidate for that matter. You would almost instantly know the true Conservative thinking. The true Constitutionalist. You would know that our Founders were actually Libertarians and you would learn that that’s not such a bad thing. You would know that Ron Paul doesn’t think all drugs should be legalized because you would have a better understanding of the 10th Amendment of our Constitution. You would know what he is talking about when he speaks of War Powers, You would know what he speaks about when it comes to the Commerce Clause or the Supreme Clause.

    Before Obama was elected “falsely” as President, I had faith in the American people to know and do the right thing. One of the biggest disappointments of my life was to find that I share a country so filled with blinded idiots. Yes I called them idiots. Now, even as the American people witness the inside over throw of our government and it’s constitution, not nearly enough have taken the time to study it and find out what’s really in it. I am once again very very disappointed in many Americans for their laziness and failure to learn how to correct the wrongs that we have done.

    You can not pick out the parts of the constitution that you like and throw away the areas that don’t agree with you. There is a reason for all of it. It is a fine tunes machine that at times may fall out of tune, but there are ways to make it play a perfect tune with simply a small adjustment to it from time to time. But it in it’s original form was as near perfect as man could have ever done.

    • ArfinGreebly says:

      I don’t normally respond to semi-coherent ramblings, but even I have my weak moments.

      Here’s the deal, I’m not going to bother to read this entire article. I don’t need but to read the headline and the first few paragraphs to understand where this author comes from. Lets start with an idea.

      Then why bother to respond at all? If you have not the diligence to pursue the truth, why pretend to be interested in it?

      Trevor has been a fan of Ron Paul for years. Trevor has also been a fan of the truth for years. And, more than that, Trevor is faithful to first principles, not fandom.

      When you’re a fan of a principle and a fan of a man, and you find that the man fails in the principle, then you cleave to the principle.

      Let’s say that you have someone that you don’t always agree with. Let’s say Republicans and Democrats. Or any other political party. Isn’t it true that human nature will have something to offer to rivals that they can agree on? [ . . . ] Anyways, who cares who help who with what. As long as the procedure and outcome is correct what difference does it make if it was a socialist, communist or who ever with any given conservative or constitutionalist. Just so long as the outcome is correct!

      How staggeringly naive!

      You don’t enlist the help of someone dedicated to destroying our system of government in the process of framing the duties of our government and expect to get a usable and “correct” result. And you don’t enlist the fox to guard the henhouse.

      [ ... (rambling irrelevence redacted) ... ] Maybe everyone should stick to facts and true knowledge.

      A suggestion I heartily endorse. So stop braying your talking points and go do the research. We did. We hate what we found, but we won’t deny that we found it.

      Which brings me to the next subject that I have already hinted to. The Constitution. The Constitution was written on the basis of how man thinks. [ . . . ] But man has not changed. [ blah, blah, blah ]

      No, the Constitution was written to constrain government. It’s not a treatise on human behavior or a deep philosophical discussion of man’s evolution. It’s not a vague and handwaving “suggestion” of good ideas. It’s concise, it’s focused, and it serves to frame a republic. Adjust your sextant, dude. You’re drifting badly.

      The Tea Party and other “so called conservatives” claim that they want to get back to the Constitution. They accuse the Left “Progressives” to use want they want from it and disregard the rest.

      Okay, stop right there, moron.

      If we’re going to work with the truth, you might want to at least acquaint yourself with it.

      Don’t even bother pretending you understand the Tea Party or what it stands for. Your commitment to the talking points gives lie to that.

      You’re not responding to the article, you’re posting a Ron Paul Uber Alles puff piece. Nice. Way to make his base look bad.

      Those of us who have supported Ron Paul for years, only now discovering his lapses, are having the same crisis of conscience that anyone has when he discovers his idol has feet of clay.

      Ron Paul is a principled man who is demonstrating startlingly bad judgment in his selection of advisors.

      And, as much as I admire the man and his principles, I can’t endorse his bad judgment. Accepting the advice of subversives who mouth similar-sounding “concerns” to your own is a fatal mistake. And a president who conducts his affairs like that can do untold damage to our nation and its culture.

      Well the Neo-con’s are doing the very same thing when it comes to the subject of war and the safety of our country. [ ... (irrelevant talking points redacted) ... ]

      Talking points. That’s all you’ve got? Talking points?

      Jesus, man, wake the hell up.

      Before Obama was elected “falsely” as President, [ ... (obligatory anti-Obama, blame-the-electorate rant redacted) ... ]

      Yeah, we know.

      The stupid voters. More friggin’ talking points.

      Dude. Give it a rest.

      You can not pick out the parts of the constitution that you like and throw away the areas that don’t agree with you. There is a reason for all of it. It is a fine tunes machine that at times may fall out of tune, but there are ways to make it play a perfect tune with simply a small adjustment to it from time to time. But it in its original form was as near perfect as man could have ever done.

      Yeah. We all know that. More talking points.

      Don’t lecture us, you sanctimonious fool.

      Peel the glaze from your eyes.

      If you support the principles of liberty, then scrutinize carefully the actions of whoever claims faith to those principles.

      Have the courage to notice when his feet, indeed, are found to be clay.

      Ron Paul, as much as I like him, and as much as I had hoped he was The One, has been consulting with people who mean us — our nation, our culture — dire harm.

      Me? I’m preferring the principle.

      You can prefer the man.

      ~~ AG

      • Jacob says:

        THANK YOU for finally pushing back against the talking points and saying what so many of us our thinking!

        That comment was spot on, and I am a better person for having read it.

      • Disrespectful nonsense says:

        You’d call him out for talking points and then

        “You don’t enlist the help of someone dedicated to destroying our system of government in the process of framing the duties of our government”

        In other words

        “*spit-take* PBBBBT DID YOU SAY (uvular) ccccccccommunists?! I am so offended!”

        He is right, most modern neo-cons are far, far from the constitution. If you started in Paul’s camp and were scared out by his association with men like Barney Frank, who is indeed corrupt IMO, and Dennis Kucinich / Alan Grayson, who are men too principled to continue existing in their own parties. The guy you responded to spoke from his heart about compassion unity whilst your insult-laced nonsense only oozes ego. YOU are the duped. Go vote for Romney, and get the fuck over yourself.

    • B. Hill says:

      Here’s the deal Political Pony.

      I don’t need but to read the headline and the first few paragraphs to understand where this author comes from.

      You might look up the word, “Delusional”

      Thanks for reading my post!

      Good Day

  • Terresa says:

    I noticed Political Pony left the identical comments on NoisyRoom as well as New Zeal. How original… Tell me, do you just go from site to site leaving duplicate comments? Wouldn’t that make you a ‘one trick pony?’

  • crookedwren says:

    I listen to Ron Paul ramble on (and his sentences drive me crazy, but that’s not the issue) about all things Constitutional. I have heard him say bizarre things: for example, Paul claimed Bachmann and Santorum hate Muslims and want them dead (I’m paraphrasing).

    One thing, though, that everyone should have learned from Obama: stop listening to the words — pay attention to the actions.

    Trevor, thanks for paying attention to Paul’s ACTIONS. This panel with Barney Frank and his Soros-backed pals SHOULD BE A WARNING SIGNAL.

    Yes, Paul has lots to say on the Fed and getting back to the Constitution. But he is nearly incoherent at times, his sentences left incomplete, changing the subject mid-sentence, when it comes to certain points in the debates. Yes, Paul appears to be committed to reducing the size of government, auditing the Fed, etc.

    YET Paul’s legislative record for his decades in the govt. are pretty inconsequential.

    Why is that?

    And hasn’t he brought back to Texas a certain amount of federal funds? earmarks?

    Why is Paul so ready to put out really negative campaign ads?

    The tie here between Barney Frank and Soros-folks and Paul really gives me pause. Because we’re not dealing here with just pronouncements from a political pulpit. We’re dealing here with actions (facts, if you will) — and with political (troubling ideological?) connections.

    I can agree to disagree, but the people who defend Paul almost without exception insult those who express concern about him.

  • Israel says:

    The smear tactics and blatant libel is boring. You’d think the Neo Conservative Right would be in step with Disney and Fox and their “War on Boredom”. But now they’re just grasping out of desperation because they got nothing credible to add to the discussion.

  • d j cleve says:

    VOTING FOR THE LESSER OF THE TWO EVILS

    The frustration, disgust, anger, etc., created and maintained by the junior political party of the U.S.A (a.k.a. – the right wing of the party of gov’t) and the senior party of the U.S.A. (a.k.a. – the left wing of the party of gov’t) simply stated:

    2008 – at least Bush is gone (but we got Obama).
    2010 – at least Pelosi is gone (but we got Boehner).
    2012 – at least Obama will be gone (replaced by whom ???).

    Look at more elections of the past… Anybody see a pattern here?

    As for Ron Paul who can never be elected President (just ask anybody), could it be that maybe, just maybe, he’s doing what he can to bring attention to what Trevor has published in this article? Who was it who said, “A man has to know his limitations?” Was that the same guy who said, “A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do?”

    These are indeed interesting times we’re living in… Liberty is the absence of arbitrary or despotic control. That’s what makes individual freedoms possible. People who love liberty and freedom in other lands around the world are, without a doubt, in mortal fear of the direction the world is being driven. The U.S.A is being transformed into the U.S.S.A. just like Hank Williams, Jr., wrote into his song “Keep The Change” after he quit the Monday Night Football theme song gig. Oh, it won’t happen overnight. But it has been getting done. After all, in Russia it took 13 years after Lenin and his Bolsheviks hijacked the revolution before the Russians fully realized what had happened. Stalin and Trotsky. Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. Left wing and right wing. Democrats and Republicans…

    Anybody picking up on a pattern here ???

  • Veridical Driver says:

    Don’t expect to make any friends or win any converts by attacking the last true patriot in the U.S. government.

    As both the Republicans and Democrats destroy our constitution and bill of rights, as they destroy our economy with massive borrowing-for-socialism schemes, as they render us so economicly insolvent that we won’t be able to continue to afford any military at all… you choose to attack Ron Paul?

    Clearly, more Republican-party sponsored FUD to try to keep out a real conservative, as opposed to the Republican-Communists who pretend to be conservative while selling out our country!

    • B. Hill says:

      @ Veridical Driver. Nobody is attacking Paul in this room. Many of us like a lot of things about Paul, but “if” he doesn’t install a plan to protect what he is doing in America from the outside world, then who cares?

      A little boy can work with all his strength to build his little sand castle on the beach, but this does not protect him from the bullies who come down the beach and kick his castle all over the place.

      Maintaining a strong military is the answer to protecting our great nation. Ron Paul does not believe this! How do I know this? Because his military policy is to cut their budget.

    • retire05 says:

      I would like to ask you a question: where were you when Ron Paul was first campaigning in Texas (he’s a transplant, so don’t blame Texas for his insanity)? Let me tell you where I was: serving as district chair for the Ron Paul campaign. It was the first, and the last time.

      He made promises that he would never seek more than two terms (a promise quickly broken) and that he was against all the pork barrel spending that served no other purpose than to garner votes in the representitives’s district. Another promise quickly broken. Little Piggie Paul pulled in a tony $28 million for his district in just 2008.

      And his Congressional acheivements? Zip, unless you count ONE bill he got passed that allowed the federal government to give a building it was going to tear down to Lake Jackson, Texas. That’s it. One bill in 23 years.

      Now, let me tell you things about Ron Paul that most people today don’t know. If you want to know Paul’s stance on society, just visit LewRockwell.com. Spend just a few short ten minutes a day going through that website for just a couple of weeks and you will see hate on parade. Who is Lew Rockwell? Ron Paul’s best friend and the man who not only co-authored the Ron Paul letter full of hate and racism, but was Paul’s VP choice when Paul ran for POTUS as an Independent.

      Now, I assume you are a supporter of Austian economics, not Keynesian economics. If so, then you are familiar with Hayak, who Paul claims to adhere to. Just one problem there; the logical successor of Hayak was Milton Friedman, but Paul never supported Friedman, he was a supporter, and follower of Murray Rothbard. Google Rothbard. You will not like what you read.

      One last thing: Paul claims that the reason radical Islam attacks us is because we maintain a presence on Muslim soil. That is blatantly false. Was it Turkey’s presence on Muslim soil that cause the Muslim hordes to march across Turkey and conquer it? Was it the presence of Austrian troops on Muslim soil that forced the Islamic hordes to march on Vienna? What did Charles Martel ever do to the Arabian Muslims that caused them to invade his nation? The radical Muslims attack the West because of religious dogma, not our presence in ME nations that have invited us there to protect them, and us, from the likes of ObL.

      Ron Paul is my former Congressman, and when he was replaced, due to redistricting, by a Democrat, the people of my county cheered since they no longer had to support the man who puts an (R) behind his name for political expediency. The best news I have had is that Ron Paul will retire after this term and will no longer be an embarrassment to my state.

  • Larry Johnstone says:

    First off this task force was limited to making suggestions in where money could be cut, had no power to cut anything.
    Their report was given to all 435 members of Congress to decide if there were any recommendations worth following.
    RP is just one man with one vote and he has voted against interventionist war since day one, so its hardly condemning in finding he was open to hearing about what others suggested could be cut.

    Just silly to read into this more than is right there in the record.
    Evidently Congress did not take any of the recommendations anyway as spending has climbed each year since this task force.

  • Red 5 says:

    I love Ron Paul and will vote for him but, Trevor is correct on this one. Just go watch RT TV and see. My hope is that RP becomes president and then sees the real threat intell and then acts correctly.
    RP is a capitalist and when or if he sees what the internation left is up, hopefully he will not act like Chamberlain.

  • Has Ron Paul responded to any of this and given an explanation? I’ve seen this story on many websites and it’s causing a lot of controversy. Has anyone found a link or anything for Paul HIMSELF explaining this?

    • flyover says:

      No. THe US media is not reporting it. What does that tell you? They either know his strategy and don’t tell us, or are to ignorant to even bother looking into it. Either way…they are presiding over the destruction of the USA by not informing the public about any truth whatsoever.

  • Lisa G in NZ says:

    good post Trevor

    Daniel Greenfield’s post about the Soros and deals with Barney Frank was very interesting…

    I see Ron Paul as a large glass of chocolate milk (some yummy ideas domestically) … with a couple of spoonfuls of smelly shite thrown in (daft foreign policy isolationist and 9/11 blaming America loon)…

    no way will I or the USA drink it

  • Salve says:

    To the commentators who think that Trevor Loudon is a turncoat I say “How fiery and forward you pedants are.” (The Taming of the Shrew, 3.1.46.) You all speak nothing ad infinitum. You are all feathers that will blow whichever way the wind blows, regardless of the force. I would be exceedingly joyful to discuss the matter of Trevor Loudon being a turncoat with all of you. We can use logic and intelligence as our weapons. However, you all seem to be disarmed. Therefore, you are at a disadvantage from the beginning.

    Salve

  • Sallie Jager says:

    I was struck by the comparison of Ron Paul s ideal society, and George Soros s ” OPEN SOCIETY ” .

    Has that given anyone else pause?

  • jb says:

    What the author misses here is the cost. Most important the cost of life. To a lesser extent the cost in dollars.

    I’m a Paul supporter but didn’t arive at him because of his foregin policy stance. He’s got the right stance but we arive at the conclusion differently.

    If “we” want a strong offensive military thats fine but pay for it. Start writing the check. Is our military worth $25/week, $100/week, $100/week? Right now we’re no paying one red cent for it. Quit swiping the credit card and pushing the cost off to future years/generations. (5 years ago I would have only put future generations, but I strongly feel that we’ll see the pain within everyone who’s reading this lifetime) Our country cannot AFFORD to keep doing what we’re doing internationaly. If we do we will go BANKRUPT. We are on the verge of that as I type.

    We are very close to the edge when it comes to debt/gdp. A Ro-bamm-ney presidentcy changes nothing. We will drive the bus off the cliff I’m afraid.

  • Mike Michaels(mikeymike143) says:

    Nutjob Paul has the same failed foreign policy ideas that Jimmy Carter had. And that loon has been rejected by voters in every primary state so far. A loser with a cult following of losers.

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