-Thomas and Anna Nash
A lobbying group which claims to represent Republican Jews, has banned Congressman Ron Paul from its upcoming presidential candidates forum. The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) has invited Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum to the event. Organizations traditionally refer to poll numbers when determining who to exclude from such forums, but clearly that does not apply here. Dr. Paul has been polling higher than all but Gingrich and Romney. There must be a fair and objective reason for the slight. For clarification, we turn to Executive Director of the RJC, Matt Brooks:
“He’s [Paul] just so far outside of the mainstream of the Republican party and this organization,”
Brooks also made this claim: Inviting Paul to attend would be “like inviting Barack Obama to speak.”
Without even approaching the frightening irony of a Jewish organization alienating someone because of his beliefs, let’s break this claim down. We can begin and agree with the claim that Ron Paul is “just so far outside of the mainstream” GOP. The mainstream GOP candidates supported bailouts, individual mandates; they voted to increased spending, expand entitlements and they routinely disregard the Constitution. Congressman Paul certainly doesn’t live up to these “mainstream” standards. He offers a constitutional, free-market alternative to the others. This seems to us to be a reason to include rather than exclude him from the debate. If Mr. Brooks really believes as he stated earlier this year that Paul’s views are “misguided and extreme”, then why not put him on the stage and allow the Congressman to make a fool of himself?
Next, we have the poorly-thought-out criticism that having Ron Paul there would be “like inviting Barack Obama to speak”. This is meant to imply that in the universe occupied by RJC, Barack Obama and Ron Paul have similar views regarding Israel. Let’s examine:
Barack Obama on Israel’s borders:
“We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states…”*
*A belief also held by (President George W. Bush)
Ron Paul on Israel’s borders:
“Israel is our close friend. While President Obama’s demand that Israel make hard concessions in her border conflicts may very well be in her long-term interest, only Israel can make that determination on her own, without pressure from the United States or coercion by the United Nations.
Unlike this President, I do not believe it is our place to dictate how Israel runs her affairs. There can only be peace in the region if those sides work out their differences among one another. We should respect Israel’s sovereignty and not try to dictate her policy from Washington.”
Barack Obama on foreign aid:
“The Daily Star, Lebanon, October 12th, 2011: President Barack Obama granted Lebanon a waiver earlier this month to allow the continuation of U.S. assistance to Lebanon, the American Embassy in Beirut said in a statement Tuesday.”
Ron Paul on foreign aid:
“…No special privileges like foreign aid–a position I maintain vis-a-vis all other countries as well. That means I also favor discontinuing foreign aid to governments that are actual or potential enemies of Israel, which taken together receive much more American aid than Israel does. Giving aid to both sides has understandably made many Israelis and American Jews conclude that the American government is hypocritically hedging its bets.”
Three times more aid is given to the enemies of Israel. If ALL foreign aid was stopped, Israel would be at a net benefit.
Barack Obama’s support for “Arab Spring”:
On February 1st, 2011 President Obama announced: “An orderly transition [for Egypt] must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now”.
On August 21st, 2011 President Obama released a statement which called on Gadhafi to “relinquish power once and for all.”
As we now know, both nations are devolving into Islamist states run by Al Qaeda and/or the Muslim Brotherhood. This is not a favorable outcome for Israel, but it was a predictable one based on our policy of intervening in Middle East affairs. A policy which even Ronald Reagan would later openly regret. In an election for president among a group of people trying to claim his mantle, it’s strange that none except Ron Paul have chosen to listen to his words of caution. All the others support past, present and future interventions.
Ron Paul on the “Arab Spring”:
“…The other problem with intervention and support like this is that nobody knows the outcome. Sometimes they backfire on us and this is why it is so attractive to talk about our foreign policy where we just mind our own business and let other people decide their fights. I just think that the $60 billion was money down a rat hole and the people are poorer”
“The president is absolutely wrong…He can’t go to war without permission of the Congress.” “We ought to just stay out of it” “The no-fly zone is unconstitutional because Congress has not authorized it. Where did the president get the authority to impose a no-fly zone over Libya?”
His position was endorsed by Sarah Palin. She appeared on Hannity and said:
“You’ve got to give it to Ron Paul. Whether you agree with everything he says or not, at least he is one there in Congress trying to make our President stick to the law and understand that Congress does have a role to play in these foreign policy decisions that are made and Ron Paul, I think hit the nail on the head, when he came out and said Obama had better be careful when he interjects himself and our country in other nations’ business.”
Ron Paul has consistently, and sometimes with little company, supported Israel’s right as a sovereign nation to defend itself. He was one of few in Washington who defended that right when Israel bombed a nuclear plant in Iraq in 1981. Overall, Congressman Paul’s views that Israel is capable and should be allowed to defend herself, that DC should not dictate Israel’s foreign policy or her borders and that by cutting foreign aid, we stop funding Israel’s enemies, could prove more advantageous to both Israel and the United States. Instead, politicians are intent on advancing a policy which defines insanity.
Given the above discrepancies, we can conclude that Ron Paul and Barack Obama are completely dissimilar on this and probably all other issues. In fact, we also can conclude that the other 7 candidates who have been invited to RJC’s presidential forum share a bit more in common with the President.
Mr. Brooks, you may as well invite Barack Obama to your forum; we don’t think anyone would notice.
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