Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy Gets Republicans Thinking

It’s Rand Paul’s most basic message of liberty that has now begun to split GOP voters in two great blocks: small government conservatives and big government conservatives.


Politics in America have become particularly interesting after Ron Paul’s latest presidential bid.

As fundamentally libertarian principles become popular across the country, – especially among young voters – politicians standing for such principles are naturally elevated. Simply put, the much needed boost to the libertarian movement sparked by Ron Paul’s high profile has managed to boost the careers of politicians who are actually working toward a change of focus in Congress.

One of these politicians is Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). A self-professed conservative, he might not be necessarily in agreement with many of the kids who support him, but he’s not willing to use government force to enforce his views. By contending the government should have a limited role, Rand Paul appears to defend a libertarian approach. By defending less intervention, he also defends a basic liberty-minded solution to the issues we face today, which have been mostly caused by too much government interference.

You might not like to hear this, but it’s Rand Paul’s most basic message of liberty, which might not sound 100 percent Ron Paulian, that has now begun to split GOP voters in two great blocks: small government conservatives and big government conservatives.

During his speech at the Iowa GOP convention last June, Rand Paul claimed he didn’t favor sending in troops to fight ISIS, “I frankly think the Iraqis need to step up,” he said.

He also talked about the U.S. current schizophrenic approach to foreign intervention:

“This group that’s taken over northern Iraq is aligned with the people we’re arming in Syria. In one war we’d been aligned with Iran, the other war we’d be against Iran. In one war we’re fighting with the Sunnis, the other war we’re fighting against them. Sometimes exactly the same people, I mean really the same group, maybe even some of the same fighters going across the border.”

His sensible views on the subject appear to have found support among the local small government conservatives.

According to The Hill, libertarian-leaning conservatives of the Iowa Republican caucus have recently expressed uneasiness when it comes to the foreign policy views of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Meanwhile, they seem to have been encouraging their peers to take a closer look at the more sober views expressed by Paul.

“A Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll found that 45 percent of Iowa Republican caucus-goers think the U.S. should be quicker to intervene overseas “as John McCain suggests,” while 41 percent think it should be less interventionist “as Rand Paul suggests.””

You heard that right: big government, progressive conservatives within the Iowa Republican caucus still believe big spenders should continue to run the show while small government conservatives think a less interventionist approach is the best to our pockets and our security.

Changes might appear to come slowly, but they are changes nonetheless. When it comes to cultural shifts, which is what appears to be taking place at this time within the Republican, and even the Democratic party, we must be patient.

Whether you’re a radical libertarian, a disheartened liberal, or just a sober conservative, reading the words of  Murray Rothbard on practical politics may help you to become a little more optimistic about the changes we’re witnessing:

“I see no other conceivable strategy for the achievement of liberty than political action. Religious or philosophical conversion of each man and woman is simply not going to work; that strategy ignores the problem of power, the fact that millions of people have a vested interest in statism and are not likely to give it up…. Education in liberty is of course vital, but it is not enough; action must also be taken to roll back the State…”

So cheer up! Liberty is here to stay.

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