"There is no difference between an authoritarian government from the right or the left...F. A.Schaeffer"Ron Paul is often labeled less conservative because of his non-interventionist foreign policy views. It's clear that Ron Paul doesn't buy that argument. He counterattacks in this video 6:20 by making a direct connection between big government conservatives (the Republican neoconservatives) and the French Revolution:
"They feel that America is exceptional and that we are very special, in some ways I agree with that, but their conclusion is because we are exceptional and so special that we have this neojacobinism that we have this moral obligation to spread our goodness even if we have to use force, and that is what the french revolution was about . See the difference with me is I believe there is a lot of good traits and a lot of good qualities about America's belief in liberty, markets, freedom and sound money, but we should spread our goodness by setting an example, that's the difference, the idea that somebody would use force to make other countries to act like we do or make individuals act like we think they should rejects the whole notion of liberty, because we reject the notion of using force to mold peoples lives and change the world. So that's where the separation is on big government conservatives and more libertarian constitutionalists. Because we believe we can persuade people rather then forcing people to except our views and act as we do."Ron Paul seems to have read Abraham Kuyper. His connection with home schoolers could be another sign that he is aware of the history of Kuyper's antirevolutionary party.
During the debate yesterday Ron Paul explained clearly that his policy is in line with US foreign policy during the cold war. The New American has a transcript of this exchange.
According to Representative Steve King Ron Paul is actually the only candidate with strong real "Iowan" support. Foxpulled the poll when Ron Paul won on the other hand John Stossel did a good post-debate interview on fox.
Tony Rutherford of Huntingtonnews West Virginia reports that Ron Paul won the debate according to a topix poll:
"By 3 a.m. over 24,000 votes had been cast with Paul at 11,359, followed by Newt Gingrich who has 4,885. Herman Cain 2,564; Mitt Romney 1,940 and Michele Bachmann 1,907"
Rick Santorum flung some insults at Ron Paul and got schooled in history in return. I hope he learned something. Conor Friedersdorf @conor64 seems to regret the absence of Mike Huckabee (or Rand Paul for that matter) in the Republican debate on foreign policy
"Given the fact that lots of rank and file conservatives are tired of foreign wars and the money they cost, it is bizarre that there aren't more candidates taking a position that is more moderate on foreign policy than Ron Paul, but quite a bit less hawkish than the bulk of the Republican field."As Ross Douthat pointed out in his great article Rand and Rubio the Republican party
"doesn’t know where it stands on foreign policy"I disagree, Ron Paul's principled position, explained above, is actually firmly based in the history of US foreign policy during the cold war and in Paul's philosophical opposition to the ideas of the french revolution.
Kathie Obradovich has a balanced and informative blogpost on the outcome of the debate. It explains John Stossels remark on polygamy.
For the spin after the debate by every campaign, watch these videos.