RJ Harris: George Washington’s Foreign Policy and Ron Paul

Posted to RJ Harris’  Website
 

South Carolina Citizens; my name is RJ Harris and I am a career army national guard officer having been four times deployed in the service of our Republic. I come to you today in SUPPORT of Ron Paul’s call for a return to George Washington’s foreign policy of Non-interventionism and peace through strength at home.

My family and I have lived on the sharp edge of the past several president’s interventionist foreign policies for nearly a lifetime. So I have seen first hand that most of the combat operations we have engaged in for the last twenty years has less to do with our defense and much more to do with the enrichment of the military industrial complex by way of our nation building operations. What most Americans don’t see is that for every soldier in the field there are more than three civilian contractors on the ground in theater in support and an entire legion of more contractors and defense companies working around the world in their support. To put one bullet down-range or engage in a single community outreach project under the direction of the military costs our grand-children hundreds-of-millions of dollars. I say our grand children because our nation is flat broke with our debt running by conservative figures above $15t. This debt has swelled to such gargantuan proportions that even Admiral Mullen’s, the former Chair of the Joint Chiefs, stated before he left his post that the national debt to China had become a national security issue.

Add to this that MANY of our top intelligence analysts who have worked around the world report to us that our covert operations create more terrorists than they kill by way of the collateral damage which comes with late night missile strikes on private homes which may or may not be the homes of those were are trying to bring to justice. And for those that question the validity of that statement I will report that I several times shared a meal and conversation with an Afghanistan contractor from a very influential local family who explained to me that he had lost more relatives, non-combatants all, to coalition forces than to the Taliban. And then consider that our military consists entirely of volunteers who have now been stretched to the breaking point with some soldiers being deployed in excess of 10 times down range in just the last few years. And I can also tell you first hand that many was the time that my own national guard unit went WITHOUT the training funds and mission equipment it desperately needed because those resources were being expended in defense of nations other than our own.

While I was in Afghanistan in 2010-2011, the Army Times and the Stars and Stripes reported that full spectrum combat operations training levels were so low that not a single Army division had engaged in them for nearly a decade. This because every Army resource was going into counter insurgency training in support of the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Think about that…for nearly a decade our nation was being defended by an army which had not been training or equipping for combat operations to repel or defeat a sovereign foreign power. When one considers that the very point of having the Army and the National Guard in the first place is to defend this nation from a WWII level event, it seems almost criminal that it would be nearly exhausted as it is now to chase down individuals in counter insurgency operations in someone else’s country.

Considering ALL of this then it seems unfathomable that there would be even a single Republican Candidate in the field arguing that continuing this foreign policy is making us stronger for clearly it is doing the opposite. This current foreign policy of interventionism has bankrupted our nation costing us trillions of dollars and thousands of lives while stretching our all volunteer military resources to the breaking point. No WONDER the President has now announced that we cannot sustain support for a two-war defense…it’s because we have destroyed our defense capability through the debt caused by paying for interventionism. Unbelievably, every single Republican Candidate other than Ron Paul is calling on us to support MORE of this failed foreign policy and they have the audacity to claim that it is Paul who is weak on defense!?

Well I am here today to tell all those arm chair Monday morning generals that it is they who are weak on Defense, it is their policy which has broken our military and bankrupted our nation and that it is RON PAUL who understands that our volunteers signed up to defend THIS REPUBLIC and not every other nation in the world.

But I haven’t just built my support for Ron Paul’s foreign policy positions on my own lifetime of experience in that field which tells me he is right. Even more important than that experience is remembering that our first five presidents, who were all alive when the Constitution was ratified, ALSO ardently pursued a foreign policy of non-intervention abroad yet peace through strength at home and in international waters. And this was at a time when the most powerful nation in the world was still smarting over losing to us in the Revolution and the French were angry that we would not help Napoleon. These two greatest powers in the world at that time had both promised to bring war back to our shores for these slights and yet we did not send armies over to invade them.

George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson understood that we have our own borders to defend and our own nation to protect and that if we spend all of our blood and treasure fighting wars around the world there will be nothing left with which to defend OUR nation and we will have created MANY enemies in the process from which we would then need a defense. Glenn Beck has often said that we need a president to be the kind of leader that would ask before EVERY foreign policy decision, “what would George Washington do?” Well when George Washington was asked why he did not invade sovereign American Indian Nations in reprisal for their attacks on the frontier he responded that he would need a declaration of war or letter of reprisal to take our army outside the United States to fight! Now how often have we heard Ron Paul saying that THIS would be his standard before sending our troops into battle and we have heard this from NO ONE ELSE IN THE REPUBLICAN RACE!
For this and many others reasons it is clear to me that Ron Paul is the STRONGEST on defense of the presidential candidates in the Republican field and I hope that all of you in South Carolina who say you love the troops so much will listen to one of them today sharing with you that only President Paul can restore a Constitutional Military and a sustainable foreign policy. In my 2010 Congressional race, running on exactly these foreign policy arguments, I won the endorsements of EVERY Tea Party organization in Oklahoma. So don’t let the Republican chicken-hawks and remote control generals fool you into thinking we need more of this failed interventionist foreign policy. They are invested in it because it was them who convinced us to engage in it in the first place! So I encourage you in light of all this to take another look at the one living embodiment of a Founding Father in this presidential campaign and join me in supporting RON PAUL in South Carolina’s primary and beyond!

Before I close I have to respond to those who will chastise me for supporting a candidate from another party and or for me leaving a promising career as a GOP candidate in my own right to run for the Libertarian Party’s Presidential Nomination. To understand this action one need only realize that my PRIMARY reason for running for President in the first place was and is to ENSURE that the Citizens of this Republic have a Liberty Candidate on the ballot in 2012 no matter what happens in the GOP primary. If it plays out that, God forbid, the Thomas Jefferson of our time could not win in the Republican Party then it is critical that a candidate emerge from the Libertarian Party running on nearly the same platform as Ron Paul especially since Paul himself has said so often that he has no intention of continuing his race outside the Republican Party. George Washington admonished us all in his farewell address to place our love for the Republic and our Patriotism for our Nation well above that of any party loyalty. That is exactly what I am doing and I am asking you to do the same.

Mr. Harris is hoping to be the Libertarian Party’s candidate for the  President of the United States  2012

23 thoughts on “RJ Harris: George Washington’s Foreign Policy and Ron Paul

  1. Kim Dead Jung Party, via Lake

    career army national guard officer having been four times deployed in the service of [THE GOVERNMENT] of our Republic.

    Trillions to have the entire world hate us, as well they should. The USA, mirroring the USSR in soooooooooooo many ways.

  2. John Jay Myers

    Very good Mr. Harris. This is my issue, and you have knocked it out of the park.

    The problem with Gary Johnson and John Huntsman (even) is that when they talk about the wars, it’s only about $.

    It is about money, but if that is the only angle you attack it from, it would make it appear that if we had the money, or if somehow it cost nothing it would be “okay”.

    It is not okay, and Americans will get behind this party only if we tell it like it is. Not beat around the bush. America has become the bully of the world, and we are being used by corporations, banks and the military industrial complex, it is that simple.

    To state that “we have accomplished our mission and now it’s time to bring the troops home” is asinine…. what mission? To install oil pipelines through out Afghanistan?

    People are not ignorant, (not all of them) most people feel this is the truth, but since the news never tells them the truth, they kind of accept it.

    We need to tell them the truth.

    It’s great that we/they can hear it from you.

  3. George Phillies

    For some reason, a Presidential candidate who spends almost all his time talking up a losing Presidential candidate of another party does not seem likely to be very effective.

    Also, like Johnson, Harris is a carpetbagger, having been a Republican as recently as 2010.

  4. wolfefan

    George Washington was also opposed to a career military and a standing army. Would he be if he were alive today and able to assess the world around him? Probably not. He might well have also changed his mind about foreign policy.

  5. John Jay Myers

    George, RJ could be running as a Republican right now if he wanted to. And over a year ago the guy said he was going to take this on.
    You really need to lighten up, though in person you always seem great, on these blogs you come across as an old crank.

  6. Winston T. Flowers

    RJ Harris’ military background gives him additional credibility on this issue.

  7. D. Lou Shenoll

    Ron Paul activist need to help send this to each and every TV/Radio station and newspaper in SC, to the News Reporters/and Directors, and “Letter to the Editor” department. Also posted to all websites within SC, etc.

    I like it, but me seeing it and no one in SC reading it before Saturday’s primary does little good. This could turn thousands of votes to Dr. Paul in the most important primary to date! Dr. Paul needs help to take the TRUTH, the non-interventionist message to the masses.

    Will anyone step up and try to help ? I’ll attempt to reach 27 (Reporters, Editors and/or Websites). Will you do TEN ? Now is the time to stop dreaming and start working, you are the one needed……

    http://www.newslink.org/index.html

    http://www.ap.org/pages/contact/contact_pr.html

    http://www.politicalinformation.com/links/Commentary_and_News/

    I imagine if ask, Mr. Harris would allow anyone to change South Carolina to Florida and send this message to Florida also….

    A CHALLENGE – If Three of you will agree to copy and paste this message to Ten (TV/Radio or Newspapers or even media Blogs within the state) media outlets before Monday Midnight, I will contact 27 before monday midnight. Why 27 ? Because 3 X 9 = 27. My number is 9. I’ll do 9 for each 10 you three will do. East (Greenville and surrounding counties), Central (Columbia and surrounding counties) or the Coastal (Low Country area) region are the targets. Pick one and SCORE. Dr.Paul received 4% of the vote in SC in ’08, let’s help him get into double digits this time !!!

  8. John Jay Myers

    In regards to sending this on, Paulie would probably know better than I, but for a press release this is really long, it should probably be about half this size.
    When the news gets one this long they just ignore it.

  9. D. Lou Shenoll

    Per RJ’s facebook wall (around noon today)

    “Got into a car accident on the way to Michael’s Constitution class at the state capital. I am ok (except my shoulder is slightly injured) but the car will be in the shop a few days till they can determine if it is repairable. I am going to take some rest before making a second attempt to get to the city in time to at least see everyone.”

    RJ was on his way to attend Badnarik’s Constitution Class of all things.

    Yes this is long. Wish Knapp was a little more pro-Ron Paul as he could shape this up to be accepted almost anywhere! (Knapp is an expert on LTE or at least he has written about it!) This could help Paul with many undecided voters if it was seen by them.

    The media is pushing Romney to get this over. Reuters ran a poll (Including Ds which screwed the poll) that has Romney 37 to Paul and Santorum 16 each and Gingrich falling to 12. Most may not understand how this works, but if Romney wins SC the money dries up for the others except perhaps Paul. Head to head what do you think ? My thinking it was best for Paul to have multiple opponents splitting the anti-Paul votes and Paul winning delegates where he can perhaps leading to a win or a brokard convention. With a head to head battle with Romney I see no way Paul can gather enough delegates to even get a speech in Tampa. The media wants a Obama-Romney matchup just like Goldman-Sachs & Assoc wants a Obama-Romney race.

    see-Federal Records Show Romney Campaign Bought And Paid For By Big Banks – http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2011/10/federal-records-show-romney-campaign-bought-and-paid-for-by-big-banks/

    I have to admire Harris for this tactic. Up against a former two-term Gov he keeps treading water and plays a very strong card in attempting to befriend the Ron Paul R(3vo_l)ution. A move which could pay high dividends later! Who knows, Johnson’s undying support for the Fraud TAX may sour on enough delegates stomachs to make the LP race competitive as they look elsewhere. Yes a very good tactic on Mr Harris’ part.

  10. D. Lou Shenoll

    BTW-Mr. Flowers I have already sent it to 3 papers in York County. How I do it is I get “ALL” email addresses associated with the papers (incl LTE) and send it to all of them(not their personnal , but their work email). Who knows it may sway a few of the papers employees !!!

    Why York Co.? It was the first non Daily I came to, I figured it would be best to contact non Dailey NOW so maybe it can make the deadline, A Daily can be reached later in the week and might make it in before Saturday! CARPE DIEM

    Everyone should think –

    “If it is to be, it is up to me”

    or if that don’t work for you well

    JUST DO IT !!!!!!!!!

    You might want to include some of this….
    Please SHARE with family and friends
    {ROMNEY} Draft Dodger and Chickenhawk
    http://realchange.org/romney.htm
    Mitt Romney, incredibly, was able to avoid serving in Vietnam because he was on his Mormon mission, driving around the French countryside. (The Mormon church defined missions — which all good young Mormon men go on — as a form of priesthood.) In fact, not one of Romney’s five sons has served in the military either, despite Mitt arguing for U.S. military involvement in Iraq and elsewhere.
    Even more outrageously, when he was asked to justify this hypocrisy, Romney claimed that his sons were serving the country by driving Winnebagos around Iowa and campaigning for him.

    MittvMitt.com: The story of two men trapped in one body – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9njHHyRI7g&feature=player_embedded

    {Santorum} One of the 3 Most Corrupt Senators, Also a Draft Dodger and Chickenhawk
    http://realchange.org/santorum.htm
    “I think some things maybe were maybe taken out of context. So I will not call him the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal that perhaps others would want to call him — I’ll let his wife call him that instead.” — Sarah Palin, after Santorum criticized her.
    Beyond Delay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch), CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), 2006

    {Leroy Gingrich} Who Owns Him? Gingrich is also a Draft Dodger and Chickenhawk
    http://realchange.org/gingrich.htm
    …But ultimately, Gingrich is amazingly similar to Bill Clinton – both are pot smoking, draft-dodging adulterers from poor Southern families…
    “We would have won in 1974 if we could have kept him out of the office, screwing her [a young volunteer] on the desk.” – Dot Crews, his campaign scheduler at the time
    [In the book] “Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them”, [I] “found frightening pieces that related to my own life.” – Newt.

  11. Rob Banks

    Per RJ’s facebook wall (around noon today)

    “Got into a car accident on the way to Michael’s Constitution class at the state capital. I am ok (except my shoulder is slightly injured) but the car will be in the shop a few days till they can determine if it is repairable. I am going to take some rest before making a second attempt to get to the city in time to at least see everyone.”

    I hope RJ is OK and his car gets fixed.

  12. Rob Banks

    RJ was on his way to attend Badnarik’s Constitution Class of all things.

    Read more about that at http://constitutionpreservation.org/articles/december-5-2011/first-domino-oklahoma-city:

    “….The patriot movement is very much like a domino presentation. We have spent years and years arranging things in preparation for Liberty. Admittedly, the preparation has not been as easy to plan and organize since there are so many people working independently of each other. However I believe it is time to trigger an event that will begin a chain reaction that will be amazing to watch.

    The first domino in this chain is the Oklahoma legislature. Representative Charles Key has invited me to teach my Constitution class on the floor of the Oklahoma State House on January 14th…..

    I have mailed a personal invitation to all one hundred members of the State House explaining what to expect in class and inviting them to attend. I have also written a letter to the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore (Speaker of the Senate) for the other forty-nine states. I am inviting them to organize a similar class in their own state, delicately suggesting that it would be a shame if Oklahoma had the only patriotic state legislature in the country. During these classes I plan to emphasize the importance of the Tenth Amendment, explaining that the State legislature has the Constitutional authority to expel federal agents from the state. In fact, Charles Key is the man who sponsored the Tenth Amendment resolution passed by the Oklahoma legislature, and copied by thirty-six other states.

    I never had the courage to dream this big before. I was thrilled beyond words to learn that I was confirmed for my class in Oklahoma City, but I was even more surprised when people began to contact me to find out if I would be willing to present a similar class in other states. Thus was born “Operation: DOMINO EFFECT”. I am asking my supporters to write a letter to their local state representative politely requesting my Constitution class in their state. If I can teach my class in ten states in 2012 I will consider myself a success, but – if you’re going to dream, you may as well dream big. I would like your help in making sure this happens in all fifty states. (Please don’t worry about over working me. I’m happy to go the extra mile to make this happen.)”

    -Badnarik

    BTW RJ helped make this happen

    Read this:

    http://www.conservativedeclaration.com/2011/11/oklahoma-r-j-harris/

  13. Rob Banks

    “The media is pushing Romney to get this over. Reuters ran a poll (Including Ds which screwed the poll) that has Romney 37 to Paul and Santorum 16 each and Gingrich falling to 12. ”

    See more polls and how they are evolving over time at

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/sc/south_carolina_republican_presidential_primary-1590.html

    the non-Romney, non-Paul vote may be about to coalesce around Santorum; he just got the endorsement of an influential gathering of Christian Right leaders

    Jan 14 Politics1com: P2012: Evangelical conservative leaders meeting in Texas collectively endorsed Santorum as stop-Romney unity candidate: http://t.co/EverESrc

    And, recounts may soon show he was the real Iowa winner as well as ahead of Gingrich in NH

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71443.html

    Yep folks, another santorum surge is on the way, as Romney and Gingrich splatter santorum all over each other all over SC TV for the next ten days the real Santorum (and Ron Paul) get less mud on them…relatively speaking.

  14. Rob Banks

    “Most may not understand how this works, but if Romney wins SC the money dries up for the others except perhaps Paul. Head to head what do you think ?”

    Too early.

    Look for Santorum/Gingrich/Perry vote to consolidate around one of them coming out of SC. See last comment, why it will most likely be Santorum.

    Romney, Paul and Santorum go into Florida and probably Super Tuesday. After that it may be down to two.

  15. Rob Banks

    “My thinking it was best for Paul to have multiple opponents splitting the anti-Paul votes and Paul winning delegates where he can perhaps leading to a win or a brokard convention. ”

    Paul’s strategy is not affected by how many opponents he has. He can”t win a brokered convention as they would unite against him no matter what. But he can peel off delegates regardless of whether he is running against one of them or ten.

    “With a head to head battle with Romney I see no way Paul can gather enough delegates to even get a speech in Tampa.”

    Yes he can. The strategy revolves around focusing on caucus states. In fact the sooner it boils down to Paul vs one non-Paul the easier it will be to dominate caucus states….how many Republicans really want to give up their whole evening to go caucus for Romney when he’s already assured of a nomination win? Not many I guess.

    ” The media wants a Obama-Romney matchup just like Goldman-Sachs & Assoc wants a Obama-Romney race.”

    Yes, but they also want to stay entertained, and Paul staying in the race helps out with that.

  16. Rob Banks

    “see-Federal Records Show Romney Campaign Bought And Paid For By Big Banks – http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2011/10/federal-records-show-romney-campaign-bought-and-paid-for-by-big-banks/

    Surpriiiise, surpriiiiise, surpriiiiise!

    “I have to admire Harris for this tactic. Up against a former two-term Gov he keeps treading water and plays a very strong card in attempting to befriend the Ron Paul R(3vo_l)ution. A move which could pay high dividends later!”

    Agreed.

    “Who knows, Johnson’s undying support for the Fraud TAX may sour on enough delegates stomachs to make the LP race competitive as they look elsewhere. ”

    Don’t bet on it.

  17. Rob Banks

    “…But ultimately, Gingrich is amazingly similar to Bill Clinton – both are pot smoking, draft-dodging adulterers from poor Southern families…”

    Newt is from Pennsylvania. He moved to Georgia as an adult.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newt_Gingrich

    “Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich ( /?nu?t ?????r?t?/; born Newton Leroy McPherson; June 17, 1943) is an American politician, author, political consultant, and history teacher who served as the 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. He represented Georgia’s 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until his resignation in 1999. He is a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

    Born and raised near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Gingrich attended Emory University and received his Ph.D. from Tulane University. In the 1970s he taught history and geography at West Georgia College. During this period he mounted several races for the United States House of Representatives, before winning the election of November 1978. He served as the House Minority Whip from 1989 to 1995.”

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  19. wolfefan

    Hi Paulie @7 –

    That’s a good question. I think that it’s possible that Washington’s positions on foreign policy might be different if he were alive today because the situation is so different today than it was in the founding era.

    Washington was the President of a militarily weak nation, small in population and wealth with the great powers located thousands of miles away in Europe. Were he President today, he would be the leader of the strongest nation in the world, one of the most populous, and one of the richest.

    He would almost certainly think we should have a standing army, although he didn’t in his own day. I doubt that he would want us to be the world’s policeman; OTOH he might see benefit, both political and moral, in assisting other democratic movements just as he was assisted by the French.

    I have no idea what Washington WOULD think, but I think it possible – actually likely – that he would have different views now than he did then.

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