On Ron Paul's Twitter Remarks Concerning Sniper Chris Kyle's Death

By the Left Coast Rebel

Hi folks!

First, a little note: I haven't had the time or wherewithal to blog much here but that doesn't mean I'm not expressing my opinion on the intertubes. I hope to get back when I can. For now, I'm going to try to post things from email chats and Facebook posts when I am inclined to do so.

On that note, the following is a Facebook discussion with a friend regarding Ron Paul's Twitter comments about the death of ex-sniper Chris Kyle. There's a bit of a break in our chat; the starting point here is why I think it's important for Congress to declare war and the overarching meaning of Ron Paul's statement...


First, incendiary comments like this surrounding a vet's death only marginalize Ron Paul's overarching point that war is hell and that Kyle's death can be at least considered an unintended consequence of war in that he was allegedly killed by someone suffering war-related mental illness.

Congressional declaration of war (as is required by Article I Section 8 of the Constitution) doesn't negate the fact that war is indeed hell; it just makes it tougher for our nation to be dragged into never-ending conflicts. On that note, a huge problem with America today is that the true casualties of war are not even seen by the public at large.

How many thousands suffer from PSTD, depression, additional mental/emotional issues and physical disabilities from our Middle East involvements of the last 10 years? Who even knows. Or cares?

That's the genius of Ron Paul - he gets the hideous downside to war and has been speaking out against just that for a long time now. On the other hand, he does have a tendency to mouth off and say some pretty stupid things. I'm pretty anti-war (in that I think it should be the last resort for our nation) and I think we have overreached, especially in the last decade. I know as well as you do too that we are too financially bankrupt to continue our boundless defense spending.

But I sure as hell wouldn't have said anything inflammatory surrounding the sniper's alleged murder as a matter of taste, messaging and respect for ex-sniper Chris Kyle's family.

15 comments:

  1. Hard to argue with that. I'm not much of a Ron Paul fan because of statements like his most recent one, but he does get the War is Hell notion and does get the Constitutionality associated with how war should be declared in order to minimize the probability.

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    1. Thanks Dean. I know that RP is not every conservative's cup of tea but he's usually spot-on in my opinion. On the other hand when he mouths off and says looney things it doesn't help the limited government/libertarian cause.

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  2. Pope Ron Paul is a fraud first and a pathetic lunatic second. He would call Audie Murphie a war criminal. The guy is a nutbag. Sadly, his demented worshipers are even crazier than he is.

    May he rot.

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    1. I wish you hated big-government progressives-in-sheep-clothing charlatans in the GOP half as much as you do Ron Paul; they have as much to do with this nation's decline into socialism as the Democrats do. Too many "conservatives" are too blinded by hatred for Obama or tribal party loyalty to even see this. Sad.

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    2. There you go again Chuck. Proving once again beyond all doubt you are in fact the fraud, and lunatic. That and you have your head so far up your a** you've lost whatever ability you once might have possessed to think critically.

      My appology Tim if you feel I'm out of line here. IMNHO I think you were much too polite with this Chuck, whoever he, she, or it happens to be.

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    3. Chuck,

      You should know that Audie Murphy was a pedophile who was killed by the government (in a well-staged private plane crash in 1971) when he told them he was going to tell the world that he liked little boys.

      I first heard this while in the military, and it is one of the secrets that I know I can share openly and no one will believe it, since it is so unbelievable. But there it is.

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  3. LCR:

    You highlight the primary reason Americans support political figures: We believe they are trying to do the right thing.

    That tends to shadow our judgment. Glenn Reynolds blogs about our current Nobel Laureate and Commander in Chief, noting that Obama's "kill list" is OK with his supporters because they know he is trying to do the right thing.

    Unfortunately, "trying to do the right thing" can be used to ignore the rule of law, infringe on separation of powers, take away basic constitutional rights, etc.

    Just because Ron Paul is well-intended and "trying to do the right thing," he still needs to be criticized when criticism is due. I think his apology shows he understands this principle.

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    1. Well said, Howard. Nice to see you here :)

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  4. LCR: Good post. (BTW, feeding the trolls only encourages them to crawl out from beneath the bridges.)

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    1. Thanks, Grant. I know, I know :) my finger is hovering above the delete button, in case Chuckie comes back and inserts his vile anti-critical thinking screeds.

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  5. There are so many people who lurk and would be good posters even if they disagreed with everything that has been said.

    But then there are the others that just drop nonsensical bombs everywhere they go just to make themselves feel superior. They go from site to site in a bizarre form of mental masturbation. Never adding anything worth reading.

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    1. Precisely, I don't get it at all. This kind of behavior is very typical of the far left but dunderhead clueless righties apparently do it as well.

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    2. "mental masturbation". Brilliant.

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  6. Oh, Mr. Paul....what the f?

    I admire your fiscal sensibilities. I admire your drive to audit the Fed. I admire your being pro-Life. But dang, sir, when you go and spout of some nonsense like this, it hurts Libertarianism. Don't you know by now that the media hinges itself upon your words, just waiting for the times when you speak foolishly, and then they trumpet it to the beltway GOP elitists who then poo-poo on you and try to sway Libertarians to join them in the Dark Side? Or worse yet, like Borg? (Resistance is futile, indeed.)

    Dang it, man. Come on. Leave Twitter alone. Get off of Facebook. Just stop feeding the trolls.

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