by Eric Dondero & Andrew Murphy
Ron Paul famously told a Fox News debate audience last May that the War in Iraq was a failure and that there was no valid reason for rescuing the Iraqi people from the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Later on in his quixotic Presidential effort he came out against efforts to oppose the dictatorship of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, stated in another debate that the "Vietnamese Communists were now our friends," and more recently, said that the US had no interests in overthrowing Castro in Cuba.
Now CNN reports that Texas Congressman Ron Paul was the only "no" vote on a House Resolution condeming China for squelching Tibetan protests for greater sovereignty and free speech rights.
All Libertarian Republicans serving in the House voted for the Resolution including Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California, Cong. Tom Feeney of Florida, and Congressmen John Shadegg and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Wednesday calling on China to end its crackdown on Tibet and release Tibetans imprisoned for "nonviolent" demonstrations.
The vote was 413-1. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas... was the lone congressman voting against it.
The resolution passed just hours before runners were to carry the Olympic torch on a six-mile route around San Francisco Bay.
This appears to be a turnaround for Congressman Paul. He's quoted as saying the following:
November 10, 1997
"Each year the people of the United States write a check to subsidize China, one of the most brutal, anti-American regimes in the world. It has been in vogue of late for everyone in Washington, it seems, to eagerly denounce the egregious abuses of the Chinese people at the hands of the communist dictators. Yet no one in our federal government has been willing to take China on in any meaningful way"
*Note - Eric Dondero is a former 6-year Senior Aide to US Congressman Ron Paul, and Founder of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Andrew Murphy lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and served in the 1990s as the TN RLC Chairman, and as an RLC Executive Board member.
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Eric Dondero is a US Navy Veteran, former Libertarian Party National Committeeman, Founder of the Republican Liberty Caucus and fmr. Senior Aide to US Congressman Ron Paul R-TX. He is now a national Republican Political Consultant based in Houston, Texas.
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