As of Friday, August 12, 2016
It is sad commentary when our political conventions have become more like rock’n’roll concerts than competitions of ideas.
There has been a great deal of bombast, of insults, of name-calling, and of chest-beating at both party conventions. What is disturbingly absent is any mention of how we got to this crisis and how we can get out. All we hear is both party candidates saying they will fix it.
In her convention speech, Hillary Clinton promised she would “fight terrorism” and defeat ISIS by doing more of what we have been doing all along: bombing.
We have already dropped more than 50,000 bombs on ISIS in Iraq and Syria over the past two years and all she can say is that she will drop more. How many more bombs will defeat ISIS? How many more years will she keep us in our longest war, Afghanistan? She doesn’t say.
Clinton’s top foreign policy adviser said her big plan is to go back to square one.
How many more thousands more will die if she gets her way? And won’t she eventually be forced to launch a massive U.S. ground invasion?
Clinton does not understand that a policy of endless interventionism has brought us to our knees and made us far weaker. Does she really expect us to be the policemen of the world with $20 trillion in debt?
Likewise, Republican candidate Donald Trump misses the point. He promises to bring back jobs without any understanding of policies that led to their departure in the first place.
Yes, he is correct the middle class is in worse shape than when Obama took office, but not once did he mention how it happened:
The destructive policies of the Federal Reserve. The financing of our warfare/welfare state through the printing of phony money. Distorted interest rates that encourage consumption and discourage saving and investment.
Trump tweeted this week that home ownership is at its lowest rate in 51 years. He seems to have no idea that home ownership is so low because the Fed-created housing bubble exploded in 2007-2008. Not a word about the Fed from Trump.
How are these candidates going to fix the problems we face in America if they have absolutely no idea what caused the problems?
No matter who is elected, Americans are going to be very disappointed in the outcome. The warfare/welfare state is going to proceed until we are bankrupt.
There is hope, however. It is up to us to focus on the issues, to focus on educating ourselves and others, and to demand that politicians listen.
— Ron Paul is a former Congressman and Presidential candidate. He can be reached at the RonPaulInstitute.org.