by Jack Hunter
I have been asked by some of my conservative friends recently - "how come all you seem to care about is the war?"
While this isn't exactly true, it isn't an unreasonable perception given the frequency of which I address the issue. But my reply remains (to the bulk of the mainstream, conservative movement, anyway) - "how come all YOU seem to care about is the war?"
The dividing line on the Right these days IS foreign policy and war. How come someone like Sean Hannity will kiss a technocratic, socialized medicine-loving moderate like Mitt Romney's ass, even calling him a "conservative?" Because Romney supports an interventionist foreign policy. Why did Hannity spend the early part of the primary heavily promoting Rudy Giuliani? - an anti-gun, partial birth abortion supporting social liberal, who is to the left of Hillary Clinton on gay marriage and a host of other issues? Because Rudy wants to stay in Iraq and wants to start bombing Iran.
Despite McCain/Feingold, his amnesty proposal, his signing on to stop "global warming," and a host of other liberal misdeeds, most Republicans will vote for McCain over Obama for one reason and one reason only - foreign policy. They vote for McCain because he's good on the "War on Terror." It's all he's got - and McCain's entire candidacy is that of the war candidate.
Likewise, how come men like Glenn Beck and even the allegedly libertarian Neal Boortz would say of Ron Paul - "I like everything Ron Paul stands for, it's just too bad he doesn't 'get it' when it comes to the War on Terror?"
Ron Paul is the most conservative statesman to run for president in history, and yet most of the mainstream conservative movement considers him beyond the pale. Why? Taxes? Illegal immigration? Abortion? No, no and no.
Ron Paul doesn't support the war or further wars - which is their no. 1 issue. War and foreign intervention is THE dividing line in conservative politics. I didn't make it this way, but don't mind pointing it out.
Here, Ron Paul explains to Iraqi legislators what a REAL conservative foreign policy might look like: