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Swords into Plowshares Paperback – July 17, 2015
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"I love Ron Paul, except for his foreign policy," so many people said. Now that he's been vindicated 1,000 times over, maybe they'll listen this time, and realize that foreign policy is in fact the very best and most important part of Dr. Paul's message.
In the years to come, people will look back and marvel that such a man actually served in the U.S. House, and that Americans, when presented with the chance to elect him, chose the forgettable nonentities Romney and McCain instead.
--Tom Woods, author, Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion
This book may be the closest to an autobiography that we may get from Dr. Paul. It is chock-full of anecdotes, quotes from sources that he has gleaned from over time, and each chapter heading includes lines of poetry that are appropriate to accompany each chapter's main point. If his Youtube videos of house floor speeches and grillings of Fed chairmen and Presidential debates show the analytical and public side of Ron Paul, this book shows his emotional and deeply personal side. He mourns the tragedy of people he knew who were sent off to senseless wars never to come back, recounts stories of war in which the individuals sent to fight were able to rebel against the chickenhawks who sent them, and he fiercely cuts down the political class and military-industrial complex that profits off of lies and murder. There is a part in chapter 1 in which he reflects on the how as a boy he cheered when FDR died and his father scolded him for cheering the death of anyone. I think this was deeply formative in his life that our political opponents are still human beings. It is the chickenhawks that make us dehumanize others.Read more ›
On the level of philosophy, it is exactly what the reader would hope to get from Washington’s greatest (and sometimes it seemed only) champion of the foreign policy the founders recommended: peaceful and non-interventionist.
Dr.. Paul has written a moving account of his own awakening about war and destruction, and about peace and prosperity. I recommend it highly.
He calls out the neocons (both Republican and Democrat) and asks the reader to evaluate those who promote constant war with their military service records: Bill Bennett, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Bill Kristol, Robert Kagan, David Wurmser, Scooter Libby, Norman Podhoretz, John Podhoretz, James Schlesinger, Dov Zahheim, Douglas Feith, Michael Ledeen, and David Frum. Hmmm ... interesting isn't it.
He explains the concept of "blowback" and the consequences of our history of aggressive military actions. He writes, "It's sad but true that the pain, suffering, and costs go on. Today, with 22 American military veterans committing suicide each day, it's impossible to claim any victory from our decades of misadventure in the wars that our leaders have dragged us into. Much of this could have been prevented with a simple understanding of the significance of blowback ..."
Now, the writing could have been more carefully edited to create a better "flow", however, the subject material is a lucid evaluation of "why" we have constant war.
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Pretty conversational in tone and not too deep but great ideas presented plainly just as Ron Paul would do. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan
Ron Paul is one of THE great statesmen in this country's history. Future generations will look back on us and wonder how we were do dumb as to not elect him as President. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lauren Dennis
I'd like to strap every Hillary and Bernie supporter to a chair and have them read this. If they read it, there would be a lot less self proclaimed socialists in this country.Published 5 months ago by Neal E.
Another great title from Ron. Gives perspective to a time when I wasn't even a thought. Good read.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer