Friday, December 23, 2011

Quotes of the election year

A must-read thought from half a century ago, by the father of the man now known as the Oracle of Omaha:
"Even if it were desirable, America is not strong enough to police the world by military force. If that attempt is made, the blessings of liberty will be replaced by coercion and tyranny at home. Our Christian ideals cannot be exported to other lands by dollars and guns. Persuasion and example are the methods taught by the Carpenter of Nazareth, and if we believe in Christianity we should try to advance our ideals by his methods. We cannot practice might and force abroad and retain freedom at home. We cannot talk world cooperation and practice power politics." 
- Nebraska Congressman Howard Buffett
Even better, this quote was just highlighted in an NPR piece that does a good job answering its own headline question: "Why do GOP bosses fear Ron Paul?"  The opening of the piece says it all:
Ron Paul represents the ideology that Republican insiders most fear: conservatism.
Not the corrupt, inside-the-beltway construct that goes by that name, but actual conservatism.
And if he wins the Iowa Republican Caucus vote on January 3—a real, though far from certain, prospect—the party bosses will have to do everything in their power to prevent Paul from reasserting the values of the "old-right" Republicans who once stood, steadily and without apology, in opposition to wars of whim and assaults on individual liberty.
Consider the entire piece recommended reading...

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