united states world news isolationismI was on Stephen K. Bannon’s show called Victory Sessions on KABC 790 AM in Los Angeles, CA (also streaming on Brietbart.tv) last night.  He was in Des Moines, IA for the Iowa Caucus since we are the center of the political universe until Wednesday, then it moves to Manchester, NH.  We had several guests on including Andrew Breitbart and Congressman Steve King (R-IA).  One of the guests may be well known to readers of this blog, Peter Schweizer who is the editor-in-chief of Big Peace, a Hoover Institute Fellow, and foreign policy advisor for SarahPAC and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  He is also the author of Throw Them All Out, a book that has made him wildly popular on Capitol Hill I can assure you.

We were talking about the isolationist foreign policy that Texas Congressman Ron Paul indicates.  It was noted that historically it is a position that was rather popular before World War I.  Schweizer noted that there was a chief difference between isolationism then and the isolationism that Ron Paul espouses.  He said the isolationism of previous generations was to keep the world from contaminating us.  While Paul’s isolationism is starkly different in that it’s focused on how we contaminate the world, in that we are the problem.

He said Teddy Roosevelt said that we need to “walk softly, but carry a big stick.  Ron Paul doesn’t even want the big stick.”

16 comments
  1. Amazing how writers just refuse to do any research on a candidate. They don’t even know the difference between isolationism and non-interventionism. Seriously, the English language should be mandatory learning for writers.

    1. This is not ignorance they are paid propagandists. The mere existence of Ron Paul has just exposed them and their cronies.

  2. And you seem to think that Ron Paul doesn’t want a big stick when in fact he wants a stick four times bigger than our biggest competitor in military spending: China.

  3. Goodness.

    Twenty years ago, I was not connected to much of anything else– I responded to direct interaction, and that was it.

    Now that I’m an adult, I am proactive, and I have to actually do things BEFORE I am touched by the Outside World.  I have a moral requirement in my actions, and even though I don’t use the roads much, I still have to pay for them and the policing of them.

    Five bucks says that the not-very-subtle parable goes right over many heads…..

      1. There are cases where yes, I do have to end lives to “do those things.”  

        It’s less common than it might be because we have pretty good police– I can afford to wait to take action until it becomes obvious that the existing Big Stick isn’t enough to deter the bad actors.

        Sadly, we ARE the world police.  Being the responsible one isn’t any fun– waa, waa, waa.  Cry me a river, we can’t get the same free ride that others do.

  4. Bannon had on all warmongering, neoconservative, non-veteran guests; all so anxious to send other mens’ sons to war.  God forbid we consider what Ron Paul recommends and actually obey Article I, Section 8 of the constitution and declare war first.

    “Even if it were desirable, America is not strong enough to police the world by military force. If that attempt is made, the blessings of liberty will be replaced by coercion and tyranny at home. Our Christian ideals cannot be exported to other lands by dollars and guns. Persuasion and example are the methods taught by the Carpenter of Nazareth, and if we believe in Christianity we should try to advance our ideals by his methods. We cannot practice might and force abroad and retain freedom at home. We cannot talk world cooperation and practice power politics.” – U.S. Senator Howard Buffett

    I am a veteran and I am voting for Ron Paul.

  5. That so isn’t true, Ron Paul wants trade, diplomacy, travel and social exchange. He would base protection more on nuclear submarines, letters of marque to have small bands find small bands of terrorism rather than fight a nation over a small band, and would have greater reliance on long range missiles.  As a cold war warrior he opposed SALT because it limited our ability to enhance our missile capability as we might feel we needed and he didn’t think the Soviets could be trusted.

    You really have a caricature, not reality, when it comes to Ron Paul and national defense.  

  6. Hey, Shane. You know why you’re 40, a virgin (judging by your picture), and writing articles for a sh!tty site with no future? You guessed it buddy!! You’re a sh!tty journalist!! You’re the reason this world has turned to sh!t. You’re the reason Americans have been branded as fukkheads with no brains. Good luck with your crappy writing goals in 2012. This was a serious comment. Never even tried to troll. Just look yourself in the mirror and realize what a worthless human you grew up to be. Peace.

  7. One word,  Liars.

    Another fine piece from the Associated Propaganda group.
    What will happen when Ron Paul wins Iowa and the polling is exposed for what it is?
    Importance of Iowa; a study in media manipulation.
    youtubedotcom/watch?v=02se7dGIKos

    Too bad, I had hope for Brietbart when he started too.  I guess time always exposes character.
    Which leads me to this; Ron Paul 2012!

  8. All I have to add is that the only thing being contaminated here is the reputation of Christians and Christian scholarship. As a pastor, Shane, and as one who personally knows how one’s ministry can be tarnished by over zealous political diatribe, I would encourage you to pick one or the other, ministry in the name of Christ or political commentary. And which ever you pick, do your homework before you speak. Proverbs 18:2

  9. I am a Viet Nam vet, have two Purple Hearts because I didn’t
    duck fast enough, and had way too many friends die in my arms because I
    couldn’t plug all the holes fast enough, (I was a Hospital Corpsman attached to
    the Marines). I consider myself a conservative constitutionalist, which sounds
    redundant, but given the massive distortion of the definition of
    “conservative” these days, a caveat is in order. Ron Paul understands
    the rule of law that this country was founded on and the physical, mental and
    moral dilemma that our troops face each day while we try to build this Empire
    that the present establishment, and you as well, espouses. Until you have pulled the trigger and
    watched a man die at your hands or watched a friend bleed out in your arms,
    your opinion about war is absolutely worthless and you should button it up.
    Enlist and put your money where your mouth is and you can have a voice in just
    what it means. 
    Total aside here, but speaking as a Vet, Mr. Santorum is
    probably the most frightening candidate I have heard, since he so enamored with
    the idea of expanding the wars we are in and starting more, at the cost of our
    troop’s lives. For someone that is Pro Life, he seems far too willing to throw
    other people’s lives away. I will vote for Ron Paul, period.
    The missinformation you pass in this article makes one wonder at your moral character, remember that old idea “Tho Shall Not Lie?”. Paul has stated repeatedly that he is willing to go to war, but at the direction of the Constitution, (remember that pretty piece of paper?), through congressional declaration, not undeclared intervention at the presidents whim.

  10. I would have
    a hard time voting for any of the other Republican nominees. I see very little
    difference between the Republicans and the Democrats (except for Ron Paul).
    They all seem to want big government, more wars and spend excessive amounts of
    money that is not constitutional. The other problem I have with the Republican
    nominees is they all say they are pro life (protect life from conception to
    natural death), yet they want to be involved in excessive wars that needlessly take
    the life of our young men and women and the lives of civilians. Ron Paul does
    believe in protecting and defending our country if we are attacked, but not for
    commodities or because we do not like the way they run their countries. The
    government takes a huge amount of our income by way of, federal, state, and local
    taxes yet we are only asked to give 10% to the Lord. I have a hard time
    believing our government needs more to function than God does. Ron Paul is for
    restoring the government back to the size the constitution intended. Every other
    candidate promotes more wars, big government and fear. They want us to fear countries,
    Democrats and our own citizens, I believe anyone promoting more wars, big
    government and fear is wrong. The other problem I have is the media through
    some very intelligent people I might add, continue to tell people Ron Paul is
    an isolationist and I am sure they know the difference between isolationist and
    a non-interventionist, but repeatedly use isolationist to put more fear in people.
    Ridiculous! Because of the Medias extreme bias against Ron Paul, I became
    curious, did the research on him myself, and found out he is the EXACT type of
    president I would want. Therefore, I thank the media for making me curious as
    to why they were not reporting on Ron Paul in the same manner as the other
    candidates. Ron Paul has also been consistent in his voting for what he says he
    stands for, the constitution. I have always been a conservative republican
    voter and will be 50 this year and I am not a young fresh out of college voter,
    although I am very happy to see the young people taking a stand. Why are the
    media and the big government so afraid? Go to Ron Paul’s official campaign site
    or the Ron Paul Myths site. Get the facts on Ron Paul vs. media sound bites and
    writers who have not done their research. Do the research. Protect our freedom
    and liberties. For me, I will vote for Ron Paul 2012!

  11. In my view, the last sentence is incorrect. Ron Paul has repeatedly argued for a strong national DEFENSE. It’s the offensive invasions he wants to completely eliminate. I believe he completely agrees with Teddy Roosevelt’s statement.

  12. It’s all a circus – on a global scale.  All politicians are con artists and Ron Paul (as much as I like what he’s got to say about a great many things) is no different.  It’s all patchwork and prop-up language for an archaic and decrepit socio-economic system that wore out it’s usefulness thousands of years ago and is kept alive through deceit and manipulation of the ignorant masses.  The U.S. Constitution is nothing more than a word-bound slaves trap carefully conceived and edited (more like a modern-day edict) by the authoritative powers of the times.  Anyone participating in this entire scam is insane – whether it’s the few up on top or the masses down below following the lead.

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