The GOP will be doomed to obscurity in 2008 if it doesn't return to its conservative roots -- and fast. Ron Paul, GOP presidential candidate and free-market champion, has been attacked by the scarily-becoming-mainstream war-mongering, big-spending Republicans as being a "kook" and, in an attempt to scare what's left of the base, unconservative. As Ron Paul pointed out in the South Carolina debate, however, non-interventionism is conservative: Americans elected the Republicans to stop the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and were against getting involved in Europe during World War II until we were attacked at Pearl Harbor. Is it "conservative" to waste billions of dollars in taxpayers' money and, more importantly, American lives on a war that really doesn't have much to do with September 11?

Unlike many of his colleagues who so often try to desperately allign themselves with Reagan for political purposes, Ron Paul doesn't usually feel the need to invoke the Gipper's name at every opportunity to make his points; he is more than comfortable with his well-reasoned positions and rightly feels that they stand on their own. During the Fox News debate on May 15, however, he spoke of the Middle East and its peculiarities that Reagan understood existed. In simplified form, middle easterners have been killing each other for millenia -- are Americans really going to change that? Is it our duty to do so? Is it "conservative" to fight for a republican form of government for people who may or may not appreciate it, let alone keep it while we leave our borders wide-open? Think of the Andrew Speaker debacle: it would only take one terrorist to sneak through one of our underfortified borders with smallpox to vastly outdo 9/11. If we spent less money -- and American blood-- on the sand of the middle easterners who have been killing each other for centuries and instead decided to spend more resources on fighting our own borders, the Andrew Speaker Problem may never have happened. Ron Paul's non-interventionist stance is not only conservative, it is something that 70% of the American people support.

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