Ron Paul Chastises at GOP Conference: Conservatives 'Like the Empire'

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Ron Paul proved once again Saturday that his politics
continue to divide the Republican Party.

He was met
with both disapproval and applause during the Southern Republican
Leadership Conference for describing conservatives as hypocritical
when they call for a return to Constitutional values while supporting
foreign wars.

The conservatives
and the liberals, they both like to spend. Conservatives spend money
on different things. They like embassies, and they like occupation.
They like the empire. They like to be in 135 countries and 700 bases.

Don’t
you think it’s rather conservative to say, ‘Oh it’s
good to follow the Constitution. Oh, except for war. Let the President
go to war anytime they want.’ We can do better with peace than
with war.

While most
of the other speakers at the event used plenty of rhetoric for "easy
applause," as Washington Post reporter
David Weigel put it, Paul stuck to the outrage over American foreign
policy that has defined his platform.

Whenever the
boos grew loud enough, Paul returned to his "humble" foreign
policy stance.

"It’s
been 60 years since we went to war in Korea," said Paul. "Why
do we have to have troops there?"

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