I hadn’t intended to write about this episode. I expected others would do so. I was wrong, they aren’t.
An American veteran, a Navy SEAL, who described his experiences fighting in the Middle-East, a sniper who killed those attempting to kill our servicemen, was murdered by another veteran suffering from PTSD. Chris Kyle died. That in itself was a tragedy as were the circumstances of his death.
The statement by Ron Paul about Kyle’s death is vile. Ron Paul made this statement about Kyle via Twitter.
I expected the Ron Paul apologists to come out in his defense and I was right. Paul’s twitter statement was discussed on our local radio this morning. The apologists were out in force. Their excuses fell into one of these categories: It was a false accusation against Paul, he didn’t really mean what he said, he was right and every serviceman who fought in “illegal” wars deserved a similar fate, and Kyle deserved being murdered because he was a sniper, a murderer, too.
I cannot describe my outrage. The twit from Paul was not false. It’s been tracked back to him and Paul has admitted sending it. Yes, he meant what he said and validated that through his later statements.
“Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences,” he continued. “A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies.” — The washington Examiner.
Does Mr. Paul mean that all our servicemen, all those who have placed themselves between us and our enemies deserve a fate similar to Chris Kyle’s because our nation does not turn the other cheek to those to want to kill us?
Even Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul, distanced himself from his father’s statement.
Mr. Paul’s son, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, issued a statement to Breitbart News, in which he said, “Chris Kyle was a hero like all Americans who don the uniform to defend our country. Our prayers are with his family during this tragic time.” — The Washington Times.
The real tragedy is that Ron Paul is strongly linked to the Tea Party and other grassroot organizations across the country. I belong to a few myself. Ron Paul has just given ammunition to Karl Rove, the ‘Pub establishment and their liberal counterparts who work to marginalize us, conservatives, the grassroot organizers who do not march to their party line.
Like it or not, Ron Paul is the Libertarian poster boy. Whenever Libertarians are mentioned, Ron Paul is the image most non-Libertarians see. Yes, he ran as a ‘Pub candidate in the last election but his support came mainly from Libertarians crossing party lines and those in agreement with Libertarian philosophies. The Libertarian Party always seem to have these Foot-in-Mouth moments. They have been tainted by this statement as well. What is worse is that some of Paul’s proposals were very good. All that is now tainted by his abominable statement on Twitter.
I don’t remember who said, “God save me from my friends, I can deal with my enemies.” It certainly applies here. More appropriately, “God save us from Ron Paul, we have enough enemies without creating more.”