“Ron Paul: The GOP’s Henry Wallace”

I’ve always admired Texas congressman Ron Paul as an American patriot and the best mind in the House of Representatives when it comes to financial and constitutional issues.

However, the first responsibility of any government is to protect the security of its citizenry and it is here that I have issues with Rep. Paul.

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That is why I decided to run this article b y Spyridon Mitsotakis from Big Peace.

I don’t agree with all of it, including the gratuitous attack on the John Birch Society, but it makes some important points that Mr. Paul’s highly honorable supporters should stop to consider.

The conspiracy-minded John Birch Society, long ago expelled from the conservative movement by Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley, Jr., is abuzz over Congressman Ron Paul’s “Blame America First” performance at Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate.

Oddly, it was Paul’s bizarre assessment of a nuclear Iran that impressed Birchers—and his many devoted supporters. “Just think of how many nuclear weapons surround Iran,” said Paul. “The Chinese are there. The Indians are there. The Pakistanis are there. The Israelis are there. The United States is there. All these countries … Why wouldn’t it be natural if they might want a weapon? Internationally, they might be given more respect. Why should we write people off?”

After arguing for Iran—the world’s leading terror state for 30 years and counting—to have nukes, Paul next implored America to negotiate with these terrorists, citing examples from the Cold War, invoking Eisenhower in the 1950s and Reagan in the 1980s: “In the fifties, we at least talked to them [the Soviets]. At least our leaders and Reagan talked to the Soviets. What’s so terribly bad about this? And countries you put sanctions on you are more likely to fight them. I say a policy of peace is free trade, stay out of their internal business, don’t get involved in these wars and just bring our troops home.”

This distain for strong action against America’s enemies is nothing new for Ron Paul. A few months ago, he was asked his reaction to the elimination of Osama Bin Laden. His response? He stated that the Navy SEAL raid on Bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan “was absolutely not necessary.” Why? Because of the violation (alleged) of Pakistani sovereignty. Paul asked rhetorically ”What if he [Osama] had been in a hotel in London?”

Of course, Thursday was hardly the first time the libertarian congressman went out of his way to make excuses for America’s enemies, or blame America first. In 2007, when asked by Tim Russert, “How have we, the United States, provoked al-Qaeda?” Paul responded: “Well, read what the lead—the ringleader says. Read what Osama bin Laden said. We had, we had a base, you know, in Saudi Arabia that was an affront to their religion, that was blasphemy as far as they were concerned.”

Funny that Congressman Paul fancies himself a new Ronald Reagan, because it was Reagan’s pro-military investments which made the Bin Laden raid possible, plus much more. In fact, when Russert asked Dr. Paul about a 1988 statement made by Paul against Reagan, when Paul had proclaimed, “I want to totally disassociate myself from the Reagan administration,” the congressman didn’t back off. Paul declared Reagan had been “a failure.”

It is distressing to see such silliness having an appeal, especially among many college students, but, alas, it does.

And yet, in an ironic twist of fate, what we as Republicans are experiencing has happened before, but it happened to Democrats. The Democrats of the post-war 1940s had to deal with their own version of Ron Paul: Henry Wallace.

Henry Wallace

Like Dr. Paul, Wallace was a man of many great ideas. He was, in the words of Cold War historian Ronald Radosh, “an agricultural genius—a man who believed in the concept of scientific agriculture, and in the diligent agronomic use of statistical research; and in the diligent agronomic use of statistical research; and a scientist whose own research led him to develop and spread the process of hybrid corn—a process that revolutionized the yield of corn and led to an agricultural revolution.” In short, agriculture was to Wallace what monetary policy is to Paul.

Wallace served as secretary of agriculture and later vice president in the Roosevelt administration; that is, he did so until his weirdness and remarkable reverence for Stalin’s Soviet Union prompted FDR to switch him with Harry Truman in the 1944 election, making Wallace his secretary of commerce.

After FDR died, the new president, Truman, kept Wallace as secretary of commerce. With the war over, however, Wallace found himself in a tough spot. Troubled by the onset of the Cold War, he was driven to speak out on September 1946, and denounce the new threat to world peace: that is, the threat posed by America and Truman to that amiable peacenik Joe Stalin. Shortly thereafter, Wallace was removed from his position.

Importantly, Wallace was far from finished. Like Ron Paul, Wallace steadily denounced American foreign policy, as pursued by both Democrats and Republicans—and he pursued the presidency. Like Ron Paul, Wallace would not let those World War III seeking “Imperialists” working in the interests of “British Colonialism” get off easy. (For Paul today, replace the words “Imperialists” with “Neo-cons” and “British Colonialism” with “Israel.”) And when Stalin would do something unpleasant, such as take over Czechoslovakia in February of 1948, Wallace would explain that it was Truman’s fault. Wallace blamed America first, in spite of the blatantly aggressive actions of an obvious external enemy.

Thus, Wallace and some of his old friends from the Department of Agriculture started their own version of Paul’s “Campaign for Liberty.” They called themselves “Progressive Citizens of America.” Wallace’s supporters believed that the U.S. government was behind a conspiracy to create worldwide crises in order to subvert and dominate other nations for American imperial purposes. They insisted that “innocent” people, like Alger Hiss, were being unjustly persecuted. This group later morphed into the Progressive Party, from which Wallace would challange Truman for the presidency in 1948.

In 1948, presidential candidate Wallace proclaimed: “There is no real fight between a Truman and a Republican. Both stand for a policy which opens the door to war in our lifetime and makes war certain for our children. … The American people read of the fantastic appropriations that are being made for military adventures in Greece, Turkey, China—and billions for armaments here at home. … Two years ago I denounced those who were talking up World War III as criminals. Of course, the bulk of our people are not criminals, but it is possible for a little handful of warmongers to stampede them.”

And with his comrades, men like Harry Magdoff, Victor Perlo, and Charles Kramer, Wallace set out to win the presidency in 1948. His comrades failed to disclose to Wallace their other names, to wit: KANT (Magdoff), RAIDER (Perlo), and PLUMB (Kramer)—their code names as Soviet agents.

If it isn’t obvious by now, what had happened was that Wallace had been duped, and much to most of his party was controlled or influenced by the Communist Party. It took Wallace two more years after suffering a humiliating defeat in that election, and watching as the so-called Progressive Party backed the communists against American troops in Korea, for him to realize what was going on, whereby he denounced his own party and resigned.

But the impact of that campaign went far beyond its time. In a review on the back cover of a first edition copy of Curtis Macdougall’s ”Gideon’s Army,” a KGB-published book (1965) about the Progressive Party, radical left-wing academic Staughton Lynd wrote: “There might have been no Bay of Pigs, no Vietnam, no Santo Domingo if the ideas of the third party of 1948 had prevailed … those ideas of 1948 are alive today.” Just as Ron Paul, when asked by Tim Russert, “Under President Paul, if North Korea invaded South Korea, would we respond?” Paul promised he would not have. “Why should we unless the Congress declared war?” responded Paul. “I mean, why are we there? South Korea, they’re begging and pleading to unify their country, and we get in their way. They want to build bridges and go back and forth. Vietnam, we left under the worst of circumstances. The country is unified. They have become Westernized. We trade with them. Their president comes here. And Korea, we stayed there and look at the mess.”

Needless to say, Ron Paul’s commendable embrace of free-market principles in no way makes him sympathetic to Soviet communism, as was the case for Henry Wallace. Ron Paul is obviously not pro-Soviet or pro-communist—quite the contrary. The commonality is each man’s breathtakingly bad positions on foreign policy and America’s enemies. And unfortunately for Ron Paul, it will be that twisted view of foreign policy that forever keeps him from his party’s nomination and the White House—just as it did Henry Wallace.

What good is sound money and an honored constitution, if your country is a smoking rubble?

To survive and prosper America needs sound money, a return to Constitutional disciplines and the best defense systems and military the country can afford.

Two out of three just ain’t enough.

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4 thoughts on ““Ron Paul: The GOP’s Henry Wallace”

  1. I read your article comparing Paul to Wallace. Like the “neocons” here in the USA you don’t get it. Why do the military servicemen overwhelming support and send contributions to Paul’s campaign? What part of the USA as a nation going broke do you not understand? Does the USA need hundreds of military bases? The USA’s defense (that’s a laugh) budget is greater than the next 5 countries combined. Iran has Hezbollah, so what? The USA is “terrorized” by AIPAC. Follow the money. Where do the banks and the financial institutions put their money. Why did Schiff and other so-called capitalist bankers financed Trotsky and the communist revolution in Russia? Ever read Smedley Butler’s War is a Racket or Dr. Anthony Sutton’s books on how wall street financed Stalin, Hitler, etc.

    I am sick and tired of seeing our young men die for such evil people. I am disgusted by the cabal of greedy bankers and politicians stealing billions and billions of US taxpayer dollars (go read the recent GAO audit report on the Federal Reserve). Ron Paul is the only candidate that understand the underpinning of bankster financing war and revolution and the NWO and is willing to risk his neck to fight them. God protect him.

  2. Ron West is another “God Bless Hamas” flavor RP supporter who clearly is allied with enemies of Israel and the USA. He sound like he is an advocate for Arab/Muslim interests by saying the US should stand with the enemies of Israel and Palestine which has become a synonym for “terrorism”. In fact he sounds a lot like Ron Paul who appears to be not just an apologist for radical Muslims “we offended Bin Laden’s religion” but working for them, hiding behind rhetoric of cutting military aid and wars and tea party labels.

  3. Spyridon Mitsotakis misrepresents RP’s statement on the Korea invasion by injecting his own opinion, “Paul promised he would not have,” before RP’s clarification, “Why should we unless the Congress declared war?” Paul’s position is that the Constitution permits only Congress to declare war and that is what should have been done. It is as simple as that. The same principle would apply to Vietnam, Grenada, Lebanon, Iraq (1990-), Afghanistan, Libya and (possibly) Iran. If Congress declares a war, I’d expect a President Paul to prosecute that war to the best of his ability.

    Nothing in Paul’s statements indicate that he wants a weak military, just one that is under control. IIRC, The GAO cannot audit the Pentagon because the documentation is just not there. What Paul stated at the Iowa GOP debate was the military should be used to secure our own borders before being used to secure those of someone else. Why is that controversial?

  4. I agree with chris O. You need to realize that Ron Pauls answers come from serious deliberation and debate, which cannot be answered in a 1 minute soundbite at a debate. You have to realize that all his answers tries to educate you on the facts you are misssing first, then answer the question.
    He is the “only” true statesman we have in our congress, besides maybe his son, and is probably the closest thing to a founding father that we have. I would compare him to jefferson!
    How long have we been at war or bombing other countries, or having a police action to defend muslims in kosovo, or to defend the people of libya, or to “get the terrorists”.
    I Also used to be a neo-con and supported everything i was propagandized into by “Fox and Freinds”. The only way to get to the truth is to get off fox news and do research, look at ron pauls stance and his explanation of those, he is the only one making sense.
    War expands the power and size of the govt. just as much as welfare does.
    His motto “End the warfare-welfare state!”
    Only a small limited govt doing the things enumerated in the constitution will prevent either.
    Look up his predictions on you tube from the 1990’s and from 2003 and from 2007. Watch them, inform yourself, then ask yourself does he speak the truth or is he lying like 95% of the other politicians.

    You had a republic, can you restore it? Or will Empire America go into the dustbin of history like all other democracies. Only a true republic can stand.
    god bless

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