Feb
06

Suppose We Followed the Golden Rule

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"My point is, if another country does to us what we do to others, we’re not going to like it very much. So I would say that maybe we ought to consider a golden rule – in foreign policy. Don’t do to other nations what we don’t want to have them do to us" -Ron Paul

The war-crazed conservatives in the crowd at one of the Republican presidential debates recently held in South Carolina booed and jeered when Ron Paul called for a golden rule in U.S. foreign policy. "We endlessly bomb these other countries and then we wonder why they get upset with us?" added Dr. Paul.

Naturally, the bloodthirsty warmongers at Frontpagemag.com consider Paul’s foreign policy to be absurd, dangerous, and clueless.

But just for a minute, let’s suppose a few things –

Suppose that a presidential candidate in another country said that the U.S. president needs to be taken off this planet. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that a presidential candidate in another country said that the U.S. president would go to hell if he died. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the government of another country said that the U.S. president needed to step down. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the government of another country forbade its citizens from traveling to the United States. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the government of another country imposed sanctions on the United States. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the government of another country had a secret program to develop nuclear weapons for offensive purposes. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the military of another country insisted that it had the right to build over 1,000 military bases in foreign countries. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the military of another country insisted that it had the right to station hundreds of thousands of troops on foreign soil. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the military of another country insisted that it had the right to build bases and station troops on American soil. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the government of another country spent more on defense than all the governments of the rest of the world combined. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the government of another country claimed it had the right to assassinate anyone in the United States. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the intelligence agencies of another country insisted on infiltrating the U.S. government and its intelligence agencies to spy on them. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the government of another country spent a trillion dollars on defense, most of which was really for offense. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the government of another country said that the United States must get rid of its nuclear weapons. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the military of another country bombed American soil. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the military of another country invaded the United States. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the military of another country occupied the United States. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the president or secretary of state of another country said that the United States needed a regime change. How would Americans feel about it?

Suppose that the intelligence agencies of another country flew drone planes at will over the United States. How would Americans feel about it?

You know exactly how Americans would feel about these things. So why is it that foreigners aren’t expected to feel the same way?

It is U.S. foreign policy that is absurd, dangerous, and clueless. Ron Paul is the only sane voice that one will hear in the remaining Republican presidential debates.

Originally published on LewRockwell.com on February 6, 2012.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3EUTAL74DLGYLI7CE5BABFTM7E johnnyangel10

    I would say to all those supposed happenings the what ifs, good you do not like our country stay out or get out for those still here.This is the greatest experiment ,given a moral God led society is leading it,that has ever been on the planet.Indeed the Golden rule is a target to aim for,but being human we will miss the mark.I know I would rather have a President who cares more about this country and what’s good for it rather than reacting to how we are perceived by our neighbors.That is called Leadership,something Obama does not have and Paul speaks along those same lines.America lead and lead correctly and the rest of the world can put up with whatever is bothering them in their way.Don’t come here,if upset with the policies of this country,leave or stay and change that which you can without riots and bloodshed.Life is not fair and none of man’s governments will work,but this is as close to the mark .with a few improvements morally,that we will get in this life.

  • DavidS

     Well done!
    In your argument to justify the American empire, you’ve also:

     - justified disobedience to the commands of Jesus because, well, they’re just not practical and if other people don’t follow Christ’s message of peace, we should lower our standards to react in like fashion.

     - Implied that lives of American citizens are more important than the lives of people that God loves that don’t live inside the borders of the US.

     - Assumed that America should lead the world because the US Govt is the closest to the ideal that a fallen world can reach for.  Have you noticed what the US state had done and is continuing to do?  As followers of Christ, shouldn’t we want Jesus to lead the world, instead of a bunch of sinners, drunk on power?

    Think about it.

  • http://libertarianchristians.com Norman Horn

    The “If you don’t like it leave” argument is ridiculous, and you need to stop using it. When a violent person is violating your rights, and you tell him you don’t like it, you can’t just “leave.” This is even worse in our case because these aggressors in government think they are doing it for our good. Well, in your case you clearly believe it is good already, so I suppose you can carry on. But don’t you dare just tell people to “leave” their homes and families and livelihoods because they courageously speak truth to power and call evil for what it is. Shame on you.

    You speak as though the government’s fiat is more important than the rights of men and women everywhere. Fail.

  • Hatzifam

    Ron Paul wants a National Defense.

    All others want an International Offense.

    There used to be a bumper-sticker that said, “Do unto others then split.” Or better said, “Do unto others before they do unto you.” Both seem to support the above latter mindset.

    My Bible says to Honor ALL people (1Peter 2:17). If only the Church knew and obeyed the Word of God, we would not have supposed believers cheering murder.

    RonPaul2012!

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