NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- When Congressman Ron Paul questioned al Qaeda's motives for attacking the U.S. in Monday night's "Tea Party" debate, he drew the ire of his political opponents and a chorus of boos from the Florida crowd.Moments like this make me afraid for America.
Goering: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. (continued) Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Interviewer: There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars. Goering: Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."Consider these words when deciding whom to vote for. Also, consider these two questions:
- Would this candidate allow any form of harm (economic, social, physical) to inflict America if it meant scoring a personal or political gain?
- If not, does this candidate have the wherewithal and strength of character to ask the same question of his or her peers?
The Economist wrote that if the media were to take Ron Paul's candidacy seriously, they would have to "wrestle with a charged set of geopolitical and economic topics they would rather continue helping Americans not understand." It's time for Americans to take it upon themselves to discuss uncomfortable issues, disregard puffery and vote for integrity -- whomever that vote might be cast for. -- Written by John DeFeo in New York City Follow @johndefeo
It's time for Americans to call 'BS' on Republicans and Democrats alike.