EMOTIONAL, GUT-LEVEL, RESPONSES

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Several days ago Ron Paul tweeted something stupid.

Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies  by the sword.’ Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense. (from Ron Paul tweets controversial message on murdered Navy SEAL sniper)

Of course, the  tweet got around, and people responded. That included a response from Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, a military veteran.

I served 28 years in the United States Army. I swore a sacred oath on the same Constitution that Congressman Ron Paul did. It sickens me that our party — the party of Reagan — could put on a Republican stage a candidate who holds our party, our process, our principles and our nation in such utter contempt.

Today, I call upon all my fellow Republicans, especially Ken Cuccinelli, our Attorney General candidates, and my opponents for Lieutenant Governor to publically and definitively repudiate Dr. Paul’s position regarding this American hero. (from here)

Frankly, I don’t know why Ron Paul found it necessary to denigrate the character of a dead man. His tweet was totally inappropriate. Therefore, I sympathize with Lingamfelter’s response. Nonetheless, not everyone sees it that way. Here is how Chris at The Mason Conservative responded to Lingamfelter.

This blew my mind.

Scott Lingamfelter is attacking Ron Paul for his tweet on Chris Kyle’s murder then he tries to raise his off of it.  While many are up in arms over Paul’s comment, he’s now retired and not currently holding office.  Nor does he live in Virginia or sought any influence in Virginia.  Our gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, has studiously worked to bring many of the liberty movement into the Republican Party.  Paul’s tweet was, to even his staunchest support, at best ill-phrased and at worst down-right offensive.  If Lingamfelter felt the need to express his opinion on Paul, that would be fine.  Its his right to do so, and I wouldn’t think twice about it.  Sometimes the hardest part about being a Ron Paul supporter is Ron Paul himself.   (from here)

It is a good thing to have principles and to live by those principles. However, we have to remember our opponents have only one principle => WIN! We have only one way to compensate for their single-minded determination. To work together, we have to practice forbearance.

Does Ron Paul have some singularly bad ideas? Yes, but he also has some particularly good ideas. In addition, he is not a Democrat. Therefore, while it may be necessary to point out where Paul’s ideas will not work, it is pointless to suggest kicking either him or his devoted followers out of the party. In any event, Ron Paul’s remarks have nothing to do with the Lieutenant Governor’s race. So even though it may have angered him, Lingamfelter did not have to say anything about that stupid tweet.

Rather than picking fights with other Republicans, even disagreeable Republicans, we all need to focus on issues relevant to making our country a better place to live, one where we can live in freedom.

What we need in the Republican Party a bit more tolerance for differences of opinion. Look again at our foes. They march in lockstep. Even though they give the appearance of diversity, they tolerate no differences of opinion. Because of their intolerance they have given us a weapon in the battle for liberty. If we can learn to forbear our differences in opinion, then we can join together in battle to defend each other’s God-given rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

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7 Responses to EMOTIONAL, GUT-LEVEL, RESPONSES

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  2. bydesign001 says:

    Rather than picking fights with other Republicans, even disagreeable Republicans, we all need to focus on issues relevant to making our country a better place to live, one where we can live in freedom.

    What we need in the Republican Party a bit more tolerance for differences of opinion.

    Indeed Citizen Tom. Very well said my friend. Have Republicans learned anything these past four years. This business of turning on each other will only serve to set us further back and eventually cause us to self-destruct.

    I met a young resident at my doctor’s office the other day and the subject of politics (as always with me) crept into the conversation. The moment I mentioned my support for Ron and Rand Paul, this young Progressive brought up racism and Ron Paul. He wanted to know why, I as an unhyphenated American, would support Ron Paul in spite of alleged remarks made decades ago.

    Surprising this young man, I told him that we lived in the United States of America, there is free speech and free thought. After pointing out to him all the different ethnicities (sp) that says ugly things about the other, I informed the young fool that to allow oneself to get stuck on such matters when there is so much at stake is a tactic of the left which has succeeded for decades to the point of dividing and destroying this nation as a whole.

    It is unacceptable when the left behaves in such a manner and it is unacceptable when the right opts to do so as well. We must do better. Excellent post.

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  3. Citizen Tom says:

    Thank you for your comments.

    Ron Paul poses a difficult problem. Some of his stances are attractive; some I think are stinkers. Similarly, his record is a mixed bag. However, I suspect the same is true of anyone. None us can claim perfection, and none of us should be entrusted with any more power than is absolutely necessary.

    What is particularly sad about the Socialist Democrats is their blindness. When we tell them they cannot have the Utopia they want, they turn on us as selfish and mean. Then they entrust devious men and women with great power and call us fools. They expect liars to give them that which only God could provide.

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  4. You make a really good point here. Best I can say is that Ron Paul frustrates me.

    cheers!

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      Never have been particularly happy with Ron Paul myself. During the Republican Presidential primaries in the last election, Paul seemed to make a point of taking down the more Conservative candidates and left Mitt Romney alone — until he was called on it. Why did he leave Romney alone? That we may never know, but Romney’s philosophy does not strike me as especially compatible with Paul’s.

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  5. I do like Ron Paul quite a bit, but I agree that his tweet was in poor taste. Despite that, you are quite right that much more openness to a variety of opinions must be fostered if the Republican party has any type of positive future. Division within division within division just causes weakness and allows other more violent agendas to “win”.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      Thank you for your comment.

      Too many of us have become too concerned about what we can get out of our government. We have forgotten JFK’s admonition.

      The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

      Our Lord rewards us for what we give of ourselves. What we take from others provides its own reward — and punishment.

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