I am digging through Obama’s SOTU address to see if I can find anything new…no luck so far. Perhaps I can find a slant that no one has covered and bring it to you. Sure I can find something. Here are the Heritage Foundation’s initial stabs at what was said. I briefly skimmed through it, but they are usually pretty good.
But speaking of the Heritage Foundation, they had a very good post on the Ideology of Isolationism and the misguided notion that the founders believed in this philosophy.
It points out an ad by Ron Paul supporters that promotes this ideology. There are a lot of things you can take from the post and the subsequent comments…That Paul supporters have not lost their ability to mass post his talking points…that very few people have truly seen how his group operates…that very few people seem to have looked at historical defense spending numbers…that people will promote lies if it furthers what they want to believe, many of these people would argue with the founders themselves…and I would add I do believe many people have found themselves an idol. There…done with my rant. Here is what I took from it.
People, including Mr. Paul, do in fact take the founders statements out of textual and historical context to promote an ideology that they want to believe in…and secondly people did not read the two research reports linked to in the post. Here they are:
For me, it is not that Mr. Paul does not have some valid points that should be considered when developing a foreign policy, it is both the extreme he takes them to and irresponsible way he promotes them that I have an issue with. An obvious misunderstanding of the threats that face this nation adds to the case against him. That is why I was glad to see that he did not get as much support in the last primary. But back to the topic at hand. I would encourage people to read the two reports I linked to. I think we can learn a lot from the balanced – common sense approach to foreign policy that the founders demonstrated. We can withhold the scare tactics and bloated facts.