Skip to comments.Rand Paul Cautions: Republicans And Some Evangelicals Often Appear ‘Too Eager For War’
Posted on 04/07/2013 8:15:53 AM PDT by JohnPDuncan
Appearing on the Christian Broadcasting Network this week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said something that is likely to continue the distancing of himself from the staunch neoconservative types like Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer who have actively blasted the senator for civil libertarian views. Speaking with CBNs David Brody, Paul said that Republicans and evangelical Christians too often seem eager to go to war.
Part of Republicans problems and, frankly, to tell you the truth, some in the evangelical Christian movement, I think have appeared too eager for war, Paul said.
When people come to me and theyre lobbying for ratcheting up some bellicose policy - even if its a bad country I tell them: When I read the New Testament, and when I read about Jesus, he wasnt really involved in the war of his days, the senator continued. In fact, people rebuked him for not being the king they wanted; they wanted somebody to stand up to the Romans.
Comments like these are likely to further irritate the war-hawkish elements of the Republican Party, such as Weekly Standard founder Kristol who called the senator a dangerous neo-isolationist, and Fox commentator Krauthammer who dismissed Pauls civil liberties concerns as absurd and ridiculous.
In what seems like a direct criticism of some of the practices contained within American foreign policy, the senator then said that [Jesus] didnt organize coalitions and guerrilla bands and arm them.
He concluded: Blessed are the peacemakers, not blessed are the warmakers.
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???????????????? This really smacks of his nutball father’s concept of American Isolationism.....
War? Who the hell are we gonna go to war with under this Oresident? Exactly Nobody. This includes North Korea.
If anything, the only war being seriously planned here is the Oresident’s war on traditonal America.
Give me a break.
Preciselt. What are you eager for, Senator?
This president sent troops to Libya without congressional approval to change the regime.
Then they rioted and killed the US Ambassador and 4 others.
Paul’s statements (as reported) seem a little oily.
Why doesn’t he just say out loud WHY he thinks Republicans and evangelicals are “too eager” for war?
Bad week for a speech Paul.
You could have said this on any other week, and it would make sense.
Right now you’re just being melodramatic.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers’. He seems eager for peace.
Please don’t confuse gun-sales machinations in Libya and the rest of the middle east with ‘war’....this is just Oresident’s Muslim Outreach...it isn’t war... the Ambassdor stuff is just collateral Democrat damage.
You read FR don’t you? Bomb this, bomb that. Always threaten, never negotiate, diplomacy only shows we’re weak.
Rand Paul is right. The GOP did tremendous damage to itself over the last decade by adopting the foreign/military policy of a bunch of big-government neo-conservative @ssholes who would blow their collective brains out before they would ever out on a military uniform themselves.
Unfortunate but true although I don’t get why he points to evangelicals.
What a stupid thing to say. He sounds like Code Pink
We can't and should not be the world's police.
War does one thing and that’s line the politicians’ wallets.
Boy, this guy is fading fast.
Because they’ve been duped by the nutjobs who want to go to war everywhere.
The only good thing about the “Republican” party was once it had ideals, traditions and morals coupled with a sense of patriotism to traditional America. They abandoned that in favor of “moderation”, “diversity” and “compassionate conservatism.”
It does not and never did have anything to do with this Ron Paul influence on Rand re: America doing nothing abroad. It smacks of Libertarianism with a big big L and I’ll have no part of it. He won’t ever get a vote from me if it comes to it.
The prerequisite of political legitimacy today is to attack Christians— whether you are Republican or Democrat.
Code Pink strongly supported Rand Paul in his filibuster.
His dad said Chris Kyle got what’s going around by fighting in a war.
The libertarians are not our friend.
They coyly allow the government intrude in marriage and the life of the unborn to curry favor with the radical left.
I am not fooled.
The failure to defend the good work of our soldiers in places like Iraq speaks volume about character.