Daily Archives: February 22, 2010

Why Do Liberal Democrats Admire Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)?

Why do so many Democrats like Ron Paul? Because he is a liberal on numerous issues and attacks most anything coming from the GOP. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the founding Co-Chairman of the 82 member House Progressive Caucus, asked Paul to be his running mate. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) praised him at the Netroots Convention, and Rachel Maddow at MSNBC says she “loves” Ron Paul. They have good reasons. Ron Paul is well to the left of Obama on foreign policy and defense issues.
Senator Joe Lieberman (CT) still votes with Democrats on most domestic policy issues. He says he hasn’t left the Democrats, but they left him. Lieberman says it is not the same party which made him its vice presidential candidate in 2000. “It’s not the Bill Clinton-Al Gore party, which was strong internationalists, strong on defense, pro-trade, pro-reform in our domestic government,” he said on This Week. “It’s been effectively taken over by a small group on the left of the party that is protectionist, isolationist, and very, very hyperpartisan. So it pains me.”
Many Democrats are isolationists. This is the party that in 1972 committed itself to “Come home, America.” They broke all of the commitments made in the Paris Accord and cut off funds to South Vietnam. That fought bitterly to cut off aid to the Nicaraguan contras and the pro-America government of El Salvador. They mindlessly called for a nuclear freeze. They voted against the Gulf War and tried to pull our troops out of Iraq in 2005.
The liberal Democrats stabbed South Vietnam in the back. We promised to provided them with equipment and ammunition and in turn they signed the Paris agreement.
The Democrats broke the pledge and the result was the boat people and the killing fields where over 2 million died.
The foreign policy they advocate was distinctly different from Ronald Reagan’s freedom agenda. An excellent example was when Reagan supported the democratically elected government in El Salvador. He stopped the government from being taken over by communist FMLN. Beginning in the late 1970s they waged a Civil War which left 75,000 people dead, 8,000 missing and one million homeless. Another one million Salvadorans had to flee and most immigrated to the United States. America was wise to intervene because the FMLN received massive support from Cuba and the Soviet bloc.