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Feb 16, 2011

YAF fire Ron Paul.

Shortly after the news that once again Ron Paul had won the CPAC straw poll, came the more negative news, that Young Americans for Freedom, (YAF) had fired him from their board of advisers, on which he has served for more than twenty years. On the surface it appears that there is a disagreement over his anti war stance, although indications are that it goes much deeper than that.

If it were really just a policy difference I doubt that the degree of vitriol involved in the announcements on the act would have happened. The language YAF have employed indicates that they do not simply wish for a parting of the ways, they want to ridicule and destroy him.

Senior National Director Jordan Marks said:
"It's a sad day in American history when a one-time conservative/libertarian stalwart has fallen more out of touch with America's needs for national security then our current socialist presidential regime." "Rep. Paul is clearly off his meds and must be purged from public office. YAF is starting the process by removing him from our national advisory board. Good riddance and he won't be missed," added Marks.
In the main I have few disagreements with Paul on domestic issues, but on foreign policy he really sucks. He is inclined to be totally in the grip of the antiwar crowd, and some of his statements have been bizarre. His reference to Wiki leaks; that it wouldn’t have happened if the government hadn’t gone around spying on people is a prime example. Intelligence is an important defense function whether at war or at peace.

More from Marks:
Rep. Paul's refusal to support our nation’s military and national security interests border on treason, aside from his failure to uphold his oath to the United States Constitution and defend our country and citizens against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Marks continued.

“Rep. Paul has strayed to the left of Obama and allied himself with the radical anti-war left by laying the blame on America for the unprovoked attacks of Sept. 11th. Additionally, Rep. Paul has not condemned the 9/11 "Truther" conspiracy theorists that support him.
Some of Ron’s young and exuberant supporters have earned the ire of many CPAC delegates owing to their tendency towards rowdy heckling of speakers they disagreed with during the conference and there is considerable sentiment against him on that score. Many feel that he should ask them to tone it down and respect the right of others to express their opinions.

This is however no excuse to make these sort of attacks on him’ which are patently untrue and have no basis in reality.

There is no reason to believe that Paul is anything other than a patriotic American, and I hold him in the greatest respect even though on some issues I feel he is misguided or wrong. The very idea of accusing him of treason is at best intemperate, and more likely, malicious.

Truthers tend to gain some comfort from his statements that he does not tend to take government statements on face value. I doubt that many of those here are inclined to do so anyway, but that does not make us conspiracy nuts. Paul has said on the record on a number of occasions that he does not think 9/11 was an inside job.

YAF appear to be following some sort of agenda they are not stating.


  1. I hear one of the reasons they're all pissy is that Ron Paul is against the renewal of the "Patriot" Act bits that are expiring. The Patriot Act "protects" this country from terrorists (such as bloggers), don'tcha know.

    As for the YAF, I wish I could remember who said, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."

    I've dealt with pro-war rah-rah Chicken Hawks before. Just give them the address of the nearest Armed Forces recruiter and see how fast they disappear.

  2. Thanks Bawb, thats a great insight into the issue and makes sense. I hadn't thought of that angle.

    I reposted your comment on the cross post over on Thoughts on Freedom, and I'll see how it goes.

  3. From what I’ve seen Gary Johnson has been fairly quiet on foreign policy so far. In practice I don’t think he would be that much different to RP. Withdrawing American troops from all the corners of the world they are not needed, cutting defense spending etc. He would just do it without all the “why do they hate us… root causes… poor palestinians” leftist self loathing we hear from RP.