Jewish supporters respond to RJC forum ban of Ron Paul

-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”:

On Egypt:

“…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”

On Libya:

“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.

RJC can be reached by email at rjc@rjchq.org or:

50 F Street, N.W.
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.638.6688
Fax: 202.638.6694

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13 Comments to “Jewish supporters respond to RJC forum ban of Ron Paul”

  1. I just contacted them to explain that my Jewish family, the Baums, left Austria during WW1 in order to escape the tyranny of a government that they saw coming. All of the Republican candidates that were invited to this debate personify and support the actions of our Federal Government (indefinite detention of its citizens, torture, wars of aggression, secret police) that are coinciding with early actions of the government that my family saw as a threat to their life and their freedom. To not invite the ONLY candidate that speaks against this encroachment of the Federal Government that we see today is to ignore one of the most important chapter’s of history in the Jewish culture. Shame on them.

    His response? Freedom of association.

    • I think they misunderstand the function of a debate. A debate is intended to help VOTERS decide based upon the candidate’s answers to questions. If they exclude a candidate because they, the organizers, don’t like a candidate’s positions, they are doing a disservice to the voters they’re supposed to be helping.

  2. Israeli lobbies hate Paul because he isn’t a neo con.

  3. When the velvet gloves come off, it can only mean an iron fist is incoming to the body politic.
    See and learn who amreica claims as ‘friend’.
    Remember the ‘Liberty.’

  4. If you’d like the opportunity to tell this group what you think, it’s easy to do. I would urge people to be polite in their communications.

    Republican Jewish Coalition
    50 F Street, N.W.
    Suite 100
    Washington, DC 20001
    Phone: 202.638.6688
    Fax: 202.638.6694
    Email: rjc@rjchq.org

  5. They told me on the phone that Ron Paul was not invited because of his stance on Israel.
    So… I guess that they just did not do their homework on the delegates. It is clearly an act of prejudice.

  6. My thoughts are that many who attend will view this as a biased attempt to sway the election by not offering them the insight to make an informed decision based on their beliefs. This could very well backfire on them. This is a feeble attempt to squash the liberty message from being presented. Great letter by the way!

  7. Here’s the message I sent them, by email and by fax, as well as on their Facebook page and via a few Tweets:

    My dear friends – I find it strange that you would fail to invite to your forum the most pro-Israel candidate of all the GOP presidential contenders.

    Ron Paul would not stop Israel from defending her interests in any way she saw fit. When Israel attacked a nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, almost the entire U.S. Congress voted to condemn the act. Ron Paul was one of the few dissenters: he voted against the condemnation and in favor of Israel’s right to self-determination.

    Ron Paul has also been criticized for wanting to “end foreign aid to Israel.” He had in fact called for an end to all foreign aid in general. If foreign aid to all countries were stopped immediately, Israel would be the biggest net beneficiary. This is because the U.S. pays much more foreign aid to Israel’s enemies combined than to Israel.

    Obviously, calling for zero-budgeting foreign aid isn’t a criterion for rejection, since there are other candidates who have copied Paul’s stance, yet are invited.

    Like it or not, Ron Paul is the most pro-Israel candidate out there. His wise policies – not by design, but by pure logical consequence – will permit Israel to grow and blossom as a truly free, independent and powerful state.

    I encourage you to reconsider your decision, and invite Ron Paul to your upcoming GOP Presidential forum.

  8. Yes ignore Dr Paul. What a great Idea. NOT. The last I heard he was running for President of the United States to represent all Americans. But if your going to make this debate to only a closed shop like the KKK, Muslim Brotherhood and the other closed minded people that are pushing this. Go ahead. Disrespect Dr Paul and the voting public,,,, good luck with that thinking….. I am sure it will get the many American’s that believe in Fair Play and Sportsmanship to take notice. Join the ranks of the Gong Show and make the debates a joke. I have tried to Call Dr Brooks he has not returned this citizens call. Guess he doesn’t want to hear another opinion. Coward of bigot take your pick.

  9. I sent them this message yesterday and have not received a response. I will call today for their neglect, despite their right to do so.

    Hello,

    As a republican I would like to say I am disappointed that there was a single candidate excluded from your debate – Ron Paul. News sources cited it was due to his “Extreme Views” compared to that of the RJC.

    From what I understand this event is a debate, which means each candidate has different views for presidency. Americans want to see all the candidates perform and be given equal opportunity. Even if a candidates views may seem “extreme” to your organization, they may not seem extreme to many of your fellow Americans, including myself. Therefore, by not inviting a candidate based on his views seems rather biased for a debate and it leads to skewed results during election time.

    I don’t find following the rules of the Constitution to be extreme.
    I don’t find cutting foreign spending to be extreme.
    I don’t find stopping the wars to be extreme.
    I don’t find lower taxes to be extreme.

    RON PAUL 2012

  10. Ron Paul and Israel

    Paul supports Israel. He is a friend of Israel.

    Paul will NOT interfere in Israel’s internal affairs.

    Paul supported when Israel bombed Osirak in Saddam’s time in 1981.

    Paul supports voluntary aid to Israel and all the world.

    American citizens can fight for Israel and donate all their $ to Israel.

    Paul is very pro-Israel.

    It’s nice to know however, without a doubt, that the RJC feels like the Constitution of the United States of America is “misguided and extreme”, because that, in and of itself, makes the RJC misguided and extreme. I would suggest this borders on treason.

    This is a great endorsement for Ron Paul. A group that puts another country’s interests over America’s has decided there’s no point to inviting Ron Paul to speak before them. Thank you Republican Jewish Coalition.

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