A domestic policy issue that came up in recent months was Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and how it was enforced.
Basically, same-gendered loving persons were kicked out of the military if outed. I just never understood why this policy was necessary. I’d prefer that Christians have to take loyalty oaths before joining the military service. Yes, I am serious.
Voted in favor of repealing DADT. In 1993, he voted in favor of it because, well, it was the 90s, and our politicians didn’t know what they were doing on any level. Democrats or Republicans. DADT was considered the “middle” way, you know, the radical center.
The appropriate position that Paul and Palin have taken is to see the traditional marriage argument and inclusion in our military as two separate issues, and I would agree: marriage is pre-existent to the polis (the nation-state), the military is an establishment post-polis, (the nation-state).
I wrote this post to piss off conservatives. No, I really did. Why? I realize that the loudest voices in the Republican Party right now are all military conservatives (foreign policy-wise). According to the Trinitarian logic of the Reagan coalition, in order for Republicans to win national campaigns, social, fiscal, and military conservatives must come out in droves on Election Day.
In May of this year, Sarah Palin dumped Randy Scheuneman as foreign policy advisor, one that leaned toward neo-conservativism (worldwide empire and perpetual war). Of course, he was a left over from John McCain’s presidential campaign, and John McCain’s foreign policy, is well, irrational and insane, and that’s putting it nicely.
Take this exchange between Ron Paul and Rick Santorum at the recent Iowa debate:
Rick Santorum failed to realize that installing a dictatorship in Iran IS AN ACT OF WAR. It is not an innocent project or working for peace and liberty–sorry, President Ike, you were wrong on the Shah (but right on segregation and domestic affairs). So we declared war on Iran decades ago.
“That said, we should not commit U.S. troops or military assets to serve as peacekeepers or perform humanitarian missions or nation-building in Libya. Our military is already over-committed and strained, and a vaguely designed mission can be the first step toward a quagmire. The internal situation does not seem stable enough for U.S. forces to operate in a purely humanitarian manner without the possibility of coming under attack. Troop deployment to Libya would mean placing America’s finest in a potentially hostile zone that is not in our vital national security interest.”
“This episode is all too familiar. We were already involved in two wars that have dragged on years longer than the people who led us into them initially predicted. We can no longer afford to police the world, in terms of both dollars and American lives. We will destroy ourselves if we do not stop, build a strong national defense at home, and focus on trade and commerce with the world instead of Empire.”
Interesting, I guess we need to stop comparing to the familiar (George W. Bush) and maybe start comparing her views to more like Ron Paul.