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.
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.