Republican Congressman Ron Paul lays the smack down on PNAC.

Scott over at The Gamer’s Nook has an article up with excerpts from a speech given by Congressman Ron Paul yesterday titled Neo-conned that blasts the neo-cons in government and the agenda they seem to be pushing. Personally, I’ve been bothered by the actions of the neo-cons for awhile now, but this is the first I’ve seen of someone in Congress calling that group on the carpet over their attempts to usurp the Republican party to their own ends.

    From the speech, here’s what he says of the agenda of the neo-cons (all named in the speech, too):

    1.    They agree with Trotsky on permanent revolution, violent as well as intellectual.
    2.    They are for redrawing the map of the Middle East and are willing to use force to do so.
    3.    They believe in preemptive war to achieve desired ends.
    4.    They accept the notion that the ends justify the means—that hard-ball politics is a moral necessity.
    5.    They express no opposition to the welfare state.
    6.    They are not bashful about an American empire; instead they strongly endorse it.
    7.    They believe lying is necessary for the state to survive.
    8.    They believe a powerful federal government is a benefit.
    9.    They believe pertinent facts about how a society should be run should be held by the elite and withheld from those who do not have the courage to deal with it.
    10.  They believe neutrality in foreign affairs is ill-advised.
    11.  They hold Leo Strauss in high esteem.
    12.  They believe imperialism, if progressive in nature, is appropriate.
    13.  Using American might to force American ideals on others is acceptable. Force should not be limited to the defense of our country.
    14.  9-11 resulted from the lack of foreign entanglements, not from too many.
    15.  They dislike and despise libertarians (therefore, the same applies to all strict constitutionalists.)
    16.  They endorse attacks on civil liberties, such as those found in the Patriot Act, as being necessary.
    17.  They unconditionally support Israel and have a close alliance with the Likud Party.

    Wow. The entire speech—it’s long—can be found here. Link courtesy of PNAC.info.

Between this and the heat Bush is currently taking over his fictitious statements in the State of the Union address about Iraq’s attempt to buy uranium, my optimism about the 2004 election is starting to return.

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