Governor Palin is no dunce, but her political endorsement of Rand Paul is and will remain stupid. Conservatism or Libertarianism will remain the question for Republicans heading into November, as our heart and soul is on the chopping block, as is our political future. Are we going to remain the political representatives of President Reagan or adopt the political beliefs of Senator Goldwater? That is the question we need to answer in the coming months, as we nominate our candidates and campaign in November for the victors.
I could ramble about social conservatism, but I would rather discuss National defense and how Governor Palin's endorsement of Rand Paul doesn't help America's National defense, but weakens it.
There is one fundamental difference between Conservatism and Libertarianism - National defense and America's role in the world. Conservatism stands for a strong National defense through all possible measures, Libertarianism stands on a strong National defense through Isolationism and "Civil Liberties". Conservatism holds the viewpoint that America is the largest bastion of freedom in the world and that it is our obligation to promote such freedom, Libertarianism holds the viewpoint that America is the largest bastion of freedom in the world, but we should sit on our freedom instead of promote it.
Conservatism follows the Constitutional obligation to provide for the protection of our homeland, while Libertarianism uses the Constitution to prohibit the protection of our homeland.
I could go on for hours listing the astounding differences between Conservatism and Libertarianism on National defense and America in general, however, it is time to examine the profound effect a Senator Rand Paul would have on our National defense as a nation, besides the fact our defenses would be weakened.
Senator Paul would be a vote against the Patriot Act. Senator Paul would be a vote against Warrantless Wiretaps. Senator Paul would be a vote against Enhanced Interrogations. Senator Paul would have voted against the War on Terrorism. Rand Paul has not announced a position on Israel, would his positions be the same as his father or the same as President Bush or Senator McCain? If there was a time where we needed to act in haste, would a Senator Paul support our efforts or hide behind the Constitution?
These are questions that need to be answered. Are we as Republicans and Conservatives going to support National defense at all costs or are we going to join the ranks of our Ideological cousins, and hide behind the Constitution on a reckless and dangerous platform of Isolationism? That is the question of the 2010 congressional elections, and Governor Palin has sided with a man who would've opposed the fundamental National defense legislation that has kept us safe and secure.
What's it going to be Governor Palin? Conservatism or Libertarianism, because you cannot have it both ways.
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