Ron Paul Chastises at GOP Conference: Conservatives 'Like the Empire'
by Andrew McLemore
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Texas Rep. 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?"
Enough of Paul's supporters showed up for the conference that many of his fellow speakers were met with boos on issues of government spending. In a straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, Paul walked away with the most support for a 2012 presidential bid: 31 percent.
April 12, 2010
Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.
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