Rumsfeld’s responsibilities during times of crisis and war have given him the burden of making many controversial and at times unpopular decisions. Indeed I myself believe that he made some calls in the latter part of the war in Iraq. But there is no denying that Rumsfeld is truly a defender of freedom. For the most part, his decisions, judgment and leadership have made us a stronger and better nation.
Perhaps that is why a special guest surprised the CPAC audience for the purpose of presenting Rumsfeld with the award. Vice President Dick Cheney made his way to the podium and after recanting some amusing personal stories about moments shared between him Donald Rumsfeld, he gave Rummy a unique prize which consisted of an original document written by President James Madison. The ACU felt that the histroical docment was fitting for Rumnsefeld because they noted that Madison and Rumsfeld shared very similiar career paths. In his presentation, Cheney said that Rumsfeld has made America stronger, safer and more secure today.
These remarks and the award that came with them were in fact quite deserved by Rumsfeld. Yet in a despicable display of hate and ignorance, boisterous supporters of Ron Paul booed, hissed, hollered, shouted and cursed Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney. One particularly disruptive Pauliac decried, with a piercing shout “war criminals”.
I must tell you, that while I agree with Ron Pal on many things and even appreciate Ron Paul, I have some deep rooted apprehension with his vision of isolationism. I have doubt about some, not all, but some of his desired intentions to ignore problems related to our national interests in the international arena. I was also particularly offended by remarks he once made in which he blamed 9/11 on America itself. But let there be no doubt that I still respect Congressman Paul. But I have no respect for the radical Paul supporters who carry libertarianism so far that it comes full circle with liberalism.
It is their extremism which brings libertarianism too far and leads them to also believe that America deserves more blame than credit. This is not a perception that I prescribe to. But my disagreement with the blind followers of Ron Paul is not what causes me to lose respect for them. The cause of that is their utter disrespect and 1960’s-like, in your face, protestations which seek not to hear other opinions but to impose their own on everyone else.
While not all Ron Paul worshippers are like this, the loudmouthed, small brained, few who accuse American heroes of being “war criminals” and who would rather see America ignore responsibilities than live up to them, which smears the general perception of all Ron Paul worshippers.
So to those who hope to see Ron Paul become the next Republican presidential nominee and ultimately the next President, may I suggest that you join the debate, not filibuster the debate. May I suggest that you act seriously if you want to be taken seriously and I suggest that you realize that freedom is not something that can be maintained in some sort of vacuum that ignores those things which erode at it. And one other thing. Try to remember that being obnoxious will not get you votes. It will cost you votes. Is that any way to support and advance Ron Paul’s cause or his candidacy?