Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a
large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that
thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American
streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices
of "keeping us safe" or "promoting democracy" or "protecting their
Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution
did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made
mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or
terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of the
time with little to no repercussions or consequences. Imagine that they
set up check points on our soil and routinely searched and ransacked
entire neighborhoods of homes. Imagine if Americans were fearful of
these foreign troops, and overwhelmingly thought America would be better
off without their presence.
Imagine if some Americans were so angry about them being in Texas that
they actually joined together to fight them off, in defense of our soil
and sovereignty, because leadership in government refused or were unable
to do so. Imagine that those Americans were labeled terrorists or
insurgents for their defensive actions, and routinely killed, or
captured and tortured by the foreign troops on our land. Imagine that
the occupiers' attitude was that if they just killed enough Americans,
the resistance would stop, but instead, for every American killed, ten
more would take up arms against them, resulting in perpetual bloodshed.
Imagine if most of the citizens of the foreign land also wanted these
troops to return home. Imagine if they elected a leader who promised to
bring them home and put an end to this horror.
Imagine if that leader changed his mind once he took office.
The reality is that our military presence on foreign soil is as
offensive to the people that live there as armed Chinese troops would be
if they were stationed in Texas.
Shutting down military bases and ceasing to deal with other nations with
threats and violence is not isolationism. It is the opposite. Opening
ourselves up to friendship, honest trade and diplomacy is the foreign
policy of peace and prosperity. It is the only foreign policy that will
not bankrupt us in short order, as our current actions most definitely
will. I share the disappointment of the American people in the foreign
policy rhetoric coming from the administration. The sad thing is, our
foreign policy WILL change eventually, as Rome's did, when all budgetary
and monetary tricks to fund it are exhausted.
Congressman Ron Paul of Texas enjoys a national reputation as the
premier advocate for liberty in politics today.
I can play imagine. But let's get it right.
Imagine you were living in Texas under a brutal
dictator who used WMDs against his own people and
was responsible for the deaths of half a million people?
What would you say to the world's greatest democracy
that liberated you from that?
Imagine you were living in South Korea, Japan, Germany or dozens of
other places and the
presence of those troops were keeping you free?
What would you think then?
When one Texan shoots another that can be justice or murder/attempted
When one idiotic Texan with a gun attacks some sort of installation of
a foreign sovereign sovereign nation on US (even Texan soil) it
an international incident -- those theoretical Chinese would have
no one in Texas but the US Military and some National Guard units can
match... But if you a dumb enough to fire guns at such a facility
they are armed to the teeth with full size machine guns, vulcan
grenade launchers, artillery, guided missiles and war planes then you
definitely reap what you sow and I hope you aren't one of the lucky
wandering dazed through the smoldering aftermath...
Jim, your reality is nice and all, but not too many domestic units
access to the latest technology being deployed just-in-time-
to the battlefield... Certainly not National Guard units or State/
law enforcement who would be the first responders to an attack on an
embassy or foreign outpost on US soil which becomes the soil of the
foreign sovereignty... Deployed weapons systems aren't being
to every unit/command throughout the DoD... More and more of what is
being spent is on electronic warfare and intelligence gathering
Spending the most on weapons doesn't mean you have more than
everyone else put together, just that your toys cost more money that
Not only did we buy more, we made more:
Nobody is going to invade the US and live to tell the tale. Not
bragging, just stating facts. I wish we didn't have to, but it does
provide a lot of jobs here.
Nah. Texas has a $7 billion surplus in its "rainy day" fund. This is much
more likely to happen in California where the Chinese will cut down the
redwoods to make sweet-smelling charcoal. Of course the environmentalist
population of the state will lie down in the roads to block the timber
trucks, the roads will get all slippery from arugula-stuffed intestines,
thereby slowing the project to the dismay of the Chinese.
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