The question was familiar -- virtually the same one that was famously asked of Democratic candidates for president in 2008: If there was actionable intelligence about Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban leader, in Pakistan, would you go in?Audience reaction: "USA! USA! USA!"
Newt Gingrich took a while to get to the answer, but it was unmistakable.
"Andrew Jackson had a pretty clear idea about America's enemies," he said. "Kill them." *
Mr. Romney had a pretty clear answer as well.Same reaction.
"We go anywhere they are, and we kill 'em," Mr. Romney said.
That, of course, was not Mr. Paul's answer. His answer prompted loud boos from the audience.
"Maybe we ought to consider a golden rule," Mr. Paul said. "Don't do to other nations what we don't want them to do to us." [Emphasis added.]Ron Paul later drew a distinction between defense spending and military spending. He argued that spending what we do on defense spending would ensure that our borders and our people are well protected (concurring opinion); but that military spending on "nation building" is, in fact, waste.
Hearing this exchange on the radio frankly made me sick to my stomach. Following my post Dec. 1 drawing parallels between the Reichstag fire and 9-11, the audience reactions to Messrs. Gingrich and Romney, on the one hand, and Dr. Paul, on the other, reminded me of the hysteria the Nazis whipped up among the Germans during the Third Reich, with the help of the party song Horst Wessel Lied, the lyrics to which are:
- The banner high! The ranks are tightly closed!
- The SA march with calm, firm step.
- Comrades shot by the Reds and reactionaries
- March in spirit within our ranks.
- Clear the streets for the brown battalions,
- Clear the streets for the stormtrooper!
- Millions are inspired when they see the swastika,
- The day of freedom and of bread dawns!
- For the last time, the call to arms is sounded!
- For the fight, we all stand prepared!
- Soon Hitler's banners will fly over all streets.
- Our time of bondage is nearly over!
* It should be noted that when Andrew Jackson said that, he was referring to the British invasions of the United States during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.