Rand Paul is Right on Syria and Christians

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We don’t always support the Senator when it comes to opinions of foreign relations, but in the case of Syria, Rand Paul has it spot on. The funny part is that The New Republic is using his statements as an opportunity to bash him.

The bottom line is this – he mentioned “Syrian Christians” and put an emphasis on them. That’s a no-no in the eyes of liberal writers like Julia Ioffe. She would rather support the war-mongering that she would normally oppose if it wasn’t Obama doing it rather than admit that for the safety of the United States and our ally in the Middle East, Israel, it is better to keep the Christians in Syria safe. Does that mean that Paul or anyone else is promoting the concept of killing others? Of course not.

The only problem is that it seems it’s all he’s talking about. Aside from his standard non-interventionist caution, and the how-do-we-really-know-anything-about-anything epistemological exercises of the kind we saw in his confrontation with Kerry, the paramount concern for Rand Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is not the question of chemical weapon use, or the 100,000 dead, but the Christians.

Ms Ioffe, it is a concern. The fact that you don’t see it isn’t a reason to bash Paul. He gets enough bashing when he’s wrong. Why bash him when he’s right? This isn’t a math equation. It’s about maintaining the proper stability in a region whose explosion will cripple this country and the whole world. Assad may or may not be the lesser of two evils in this case, but that’s not the issue. He hasn’t caused much trouble outside of his own country. That’s a good thing.

Paul’s concerns are real. The rebels seem to be more anti-Christian, anti-American, and anti-Israel than Assad. They only thing that keeps them focused on their task at hand is because above all else, they’re anti-Assad.

 

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I am the Problem with the Republican Party

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Ever since the GOP primary season started, I’ve been very displeased with Mitt Romney as the Republican Establishment’s anointed choice. He is not a conservative, but perhaps more importantly his health care record with Romneycare will absolutely prohibit him from being able to defeat Barack Obama in November. Conservatives don’t like him. Moderates don’t trust him. The only people who seem to like him are liberals because they see what the Republican Establishment is unwilling to see, that Mitt Romney is a fraud that will be exposed by the tremendous campaigning machine the Obama’s team will unleash on him if he is indeed the nominee.

The reason that he hasn’t been knocked off his pedestal thus far is me. That’s not a statement exemplifying delusions of grandeur.  It’s what I represent as that loud but unconsolidated group of conservatives who are so strongly opposed to Romney that we are looking to Santorum or Gingrich (or even Paul) to step up. I have “pulled a Romney” several times in the last few months casting my support to the Conservative du jour who seems to have a chance.

That’s the problem.

Any of the candidates other than Herman Cain had a chance if only we would have united around one of them. It was Bachmann. Then it was Perry. Then it was Cain. Then it was Gingrich. Then it was Santorum. Then it was Gingrich again. Then it was Santorum again.

My indecision and the indecision of people like me have propelled Romney to the likely victory he is now clawing his way towards. In the end, he may be better for the country than Obama and that’s another part of the indecision that is haunting the party. Many who have voted or plan to vote for Romney are doing so reluctantly because we want the fighting to end and for the party to concentrate on the true foe. We want to prize. We want the presidency.

Right here, right now, I’m drawing the unpopular line. I will not vote for Romney. Many will say that it’s a statement and position that further damages the party. They are right. Unfortunately, they are also wrong. Voting for Mitt Romney will hurt the Republican party and the country more than another 4 years of Obama. His chances are mathematically lighter than either Santorum or Gingrich to be able to beat Obama simply because he cannot win the important states.

If he is able to win somehow in November (anything is possible in politics, particularly when Obama is involved), he will do damage to the party in ways that will take at least 8 years to fix much in the same way that Bush Sr. did in 1988-1992. He will hurt what has been built up recently in congress by pulling us away from the possibility of a majority in both the House and the Senate. He will put a Democrat back in the White House in 2016 and likely again in 2020 because of the debacle that his presidency would be.

Ron Paul, for all of his good ideas and intentions, is also in the same boat. His foreign policy ideas are impossible to support.

This leaves Santorum and Gingrich. The line in the sand has been drawn. Who will step up and earn my support from now until the end?

Santorum Pulls Ahead of Romney in Latest National Poll

Rick Santorum Pulls Ahead

The latest CBS News/NY Times Poll among Republican Primary Voters shows Rick Santorum taking his first nationwide lead against Mitt Romney, 30%-27%. New Gingrich, who led this poll just 5 weeks ago, fell to 4th with 10% behind Ron Paul’s 12%.

This, the most volatile primary season in recent history, has shown that there really is no true front runner. The sides are starting to take shape, however, with 4 major groups:

  • Conservatives split between Santorum, Paul, and Gingrich
  • Libertarians for Paul
  • Moderates for Romney
  • Conservatives who believe the Republican Establishment that Romney is the best hope to defeat Obama

This race will likely go on for a couple more months unless something changes the game (such as Gingrich stepping aside and sending his support to Santorum). None of the 4 are out of contention with Paul making headway on getting delegates despite no states won and Gingrich hoping for a strong performance in debates at the end of February.

Newt Gingrich is the Only Candidate that can Beat Obama

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South Carolina Republicans, take note before the upcoming primary. Newt Gingrich is the only candidate that can beat Barack Obama. This isn’t a statement that has been building up based upon continuous, unwavering approval from a passionate supporter. This comes from someone who has been studying every debate, as many speaking engagements as possible, previous history, Obama’s campaign strategies, and the path that the nominee must travel before facing Barack Obama.

Romney cannot win. He showed during the debate on January 16th a few things that make him a weaker candidate than many originally thought. First, he received more boos than anyone from the crowd, one that was most likely made up of conservatives. Without the adamant support of conservatives (particularly financial support in the coming months), Romney will not be able to fight against the barrage of attacks that will come towards him from both sides.

Second, Romney may lead in the polls but it is apparent that his support is based upon Republicans “settling” for who they believe can win rather who they really want. The lack of passionate support following him cannot turn into a victory in November. Even Ron Paul, whose floor is the strongest but whose ceiling is the lowest, would have a better chance than Romney because of the very passion of his supporters that Romney’s lack.

Third, he’s too rich. Estimates put him at a quarter of billion dollars networth. Others say he may be worth closer to a billion. In a world of Occupy Wall Street, that level of wealth will not play well during the campaign.

Finally, the man cannot debate. He doesn’t do well when put on the spot and there is zero doubt that he will be put on the spot by Obama and the media. How he handles situations is poor at best.

Newt Gingrich has the ability to take on Obama in the war of words. More so than Santorum or Paul, Gingrich has answers to questions that resonate with the population. He is the true “Reagan Conservative” that many have hoped for since 1988 and has a track record of being able to work with the other side to make things happen. His personal issues are minor compared to his ability to solve the country’s problems. People will see this.

They’ll vote for Gingrich. They won’t vote for Romney.

Here’s what they think of Gingrich, on the other hand.

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JD RuckerJD is the voice of technology and social media for Conservative Haven and is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Blog. He is a husband and father of 3 living in Southern California.