In the aftermath of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s attack on libertarians in general and Rand Paul in particular, neoconservative Charles Krauthammer has described Christie’s call for more government domestic spying as “electrifying” and “fearless.” Declares Krauthammer:
It was an extremely important moment. Rand Paul represents the sort of isolationist wing of the Republican party; by this direct, fearless attack on him by Christie, I think he takes up the mantle of the majority of the GOP, which is interventionist. And that’s a really important moment. (emphasis mine)
For years, Ron Paul has been advocating that the USA be friendly to other nations and engage in trade and other exchanges with them, with that being the heart of U.S. foreign policy. And for years, neoconservatives like Krauthammer have declared that the only acceptable foreign policy is the USA serving as the world’s policeman, with the American Cop increasingly bashing heads and killing whom it may, all in the name of “national security.” While I obviously do not agree with everything Rand Paul has to offer, nonetheless his call for an end to the government’s massive domestic spying has been a step in the right direction.
However, the Republican Party in the end always will reject the sound advice of the Pauls. As Krauthammer declares, the GOP is inherently “interventionist,” which means the party endorses (to paraphrase the late Gore Vidal) perpetual war in the name of pursuing perpetual peace.4:52 pm on August 8, 2013 Email William L. Anderson