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A strong defense is a Constitutional DUTY
The American Thinker ^ | October 8th, 2011 | Zbigniew Mazurak

Posted on 01/31/2012 1:30:01 AM PST by ZiggyMazurak

Despite libertarians' and liberals' pathetic attempt to cast their weak-defense-plus-isolationism policies as "conservatism" by calling themselves "paleoconservatives" (take for example Murray Rothbard), the fact is that they didn't found the conservative movemenet and were never conservatives; they are and always have been libertarians, period. They were shunned by the fathers of the conservative movement, and, consequently, some of them, like Felix Morley, quit Human Events.

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TOPICS: Issues; Parties; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: constitution; defense; government; strong
A lie is currently being spread among conservatives by libertarians like Jack Hunter and Bruce Fein that defense spending is a big government program no different from, or even worse than, entitlements and domestic discretionary spending programs.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Defense is actually the #1 Constitutional duty of the federal government, a duty which the said government is obliged to carry out to the best of its ability. Furthermore, the Founding Fathers were nearly unanimous (a few skeptics like Elbridge Gerry being exceptions to the rule) about the need for a strong defense, as expressed by George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, and many others.

1 posted on 01/31/2012 1:30:13 AM PST by ZiggyMazurak
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To: ZiggyMazurak
Rangers Playing Whack-A-Terrorist
2 posted on 01/31/2012 1:32:15 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (#withNewt)
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In this matter, I don't think the anarchists are totally wrong. There is waste in defense and should be cut if some savings can be found.

But in general, those who call themselves libertarians (Paul, Rothbard, ect) or Paleoconservatives (Buchanan) are really little more than anarchists or just populists in the case of Buchanan.

Rothbard is a very curious figure. He is off the reserve when it comes to the Republic and self defense and acting like a carpetbagger for our enemies. But he was a great economic thinker.

Buchanan is hardly even conservative except on social issues. The man is obviously motivated by his Irish heritage in his hate for a great man like Churchill and the way he constantly trashes our English allies in favor of the Germans.

Others like Paul are just deluded. They have somehow stretched the constitution to equate it with hating their own country. As much as they decry those on the left and right who ignore the Constitution, the Pauls of the world abuse the constitution for their positions. Jefferson was small government, but he did not hate his own country. He was generally against foreign alliances but he did see fit to bring war to the Moslems in Africa.

3 posted on 01/31/2012 12:18:05 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Sam Gamgee

You didn’t understand me, Sam. Firstly, I didn’t claim that there is no waste in the defense budget or that it shouldn’t be rooted out. (There isn’t much of it, however, anymore, so no significant savings will be achieved by eliminating “wasteful” expenditures.) Actually, I’m proud that I’m the author of the largest DOD reforms package ever devised by anyone.

Secondly, my article was not about whether or not there is any waste in the defense budget, but about the fact that defense is a legitimate government function and a Constitutional DUTY of the federal government, and not a big government program, contrary to the repeated lies of libertarians and liberals like Jack Hunter, Bruce Fein, Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, NTU folks, and Grover Norquist (like this:

Rothbard was a totally insane person, a traitor, and not a great economist.

4 posted on 02/07/2012 9:53:51 AM PST by ZiggyMazurak
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Thanks for the clarification and I generally agree with you.

5 posted on 02/07/2012 2:20:48 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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